**** NOTE: My November 2012 posts have been lost due to system issues. They are: Good Guys Show, Nostalgia Drags and my Day of the Dead shoot...hoping to recover them. Sorry if you came here to specifically see those posts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The 5 & Diner Rockabilly Bash

Pinup pageant runner up, Kathleen Raye
The "5 & Diner Rockabilly Bash" was a good first show. They got the word out and people came. I haven't heard the numbers but I'm sure there were over 200 cars & bikes participating with good spectator traffic. There was drag racing, bands playing and pinups strolling the grounds continuously all day long and plenty of vendors with kool offerings....the weather was great! 
Like every show, it was great catching up with friends you only see at these kind of events and making new ones. 
Here's my take...

Javier Mendez with the new bad-ass club vest.

Brent Haine's F-Bomb and custom Choppa-bike with new rack addition. This guy's got some talent!
Melissa Freed the knock-out lady behind "Billy Hair Flowers & Pinup Art" a popular local vendor.

The darling, Rachael Lee

Che Nemeth, with the Jamie Waldron Trio

Dave Huyck's '49

Melisaa Freed with Fish's killer Buick...which was an award winner that day...

Robert Moore's "Not Cal" Edsel

The lovely Kathleen Raye

The lovely and talented, Miss Amanda Lee...pageant winner, Ms. 5 & Diner!
There it is, was and how I recall it. Good time!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 In The Rearview Mirror...

First posting...Lisa Mortensen with Brent Haines' "F-Bomb". October 2011.

Whatta year!! It seemed to fly by, but I swear it held the longest summer ever. Somehow, Christmas managed to sneak up on me, but April and the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender seems like forever ago. Even more recent than 'Viva'...I actually camped out in an RV at the LA Roadster Show  back on Father's Day weekend...I remember as though it was five years ago.
I guess it's a good thing I took photos.

 2011 was a big year for this Garrettero thing I have going. I've met a lot of great people (ie Lisa, above), I was published and had my work appear on cool websites...also, I have photo shoots lined up for January 2012...there's 11 more months, contact me...

This collection of 2011 photos is not necessarily what I deem my best, or favorites (though many are) but also images of just plain' ol' good times. The above photo fits all those categories for me as will some other "new" images for "old" events I've covered here. Not going chronological...let's roll....
Mike & Adela Bello's Custom '53 Chevy/Viva Las Vegas 14/April
 Alan & Connie Walsh's '51 Chevy /Tempe Rockabilly Reunion (TRR), October
Bomb Squad BBQ...Rex's Grand Prix ---paint by Rex/January
Stephanie Marchese, SW Nostalgia Drags /December
Since I'm going local right now...it's pretty DAMN COOL when one of your favorite bands is 
from town!!
VOODOO SWING!! Buy their music, see them live!...Look them up on Facebook for gig dates--and to my European followers (yeah, there's a few) they're heading your way soon. If you're out of state and heading to the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender 15 this April ---they will be rockin' 
Brendan's Pub, with the other local favs, Moonlight Howlers. 
Ventura Nationals, September

Motel 6 during the Ventura Nationals...a car show in itself. Balcony view of  some Los Boulevardos C.C. rides.
Victor, Kopis, hot rod and Tecates...the Throttle Kings C.C..Ventura Motel 6 party!

KandyK Modela taken at the Tempe Rockabilly Reunion, October.
KandyK Modela --- no segway to this, it was just time for another pretty shot. 
But now that were back to the TRR...
Here's Dave Huyck's very published (Rat Rod Magazine & Rebel Rodz..just in the last couple months)  and graced by Kandyk above...'26 Dodge. He surely doesn't need the exposure, but I like Dave, the truck and this photo. 
Keith Charvonia's Custom Kaiser, Good Guys, Scottsdale /November

 Viva Las Vegas.....See "Published!" post in September archives.
Unity C.C. Phoenix, BBQ /April
 Let's get Low & Slow....
"Back To Sku" Charity Cruise/Show, July
There were plenty of great local lowrider shows and benefit/charity cruises in 2011.
Unity C.C. BBQ, April

Unity C.C. BBQ, April
"Back to Sku Cruise", July

Fort McDowell Show, April. This year I'll catch a good hop shot!

Kim Falcon @ TRR, with Paul Iba's '60 Ford/ October
Freddie's '60 "Pie Wagon" Los Boulevardos C.C. AZ @ Ventura Nat's/Motel 6 /September
Maritza Martini at the Hell City Saints 2nd Annual Blessing of the Rods Show, November

Nezzy Sweatheart of the Rodeo, at the Hell City Saints 2nd Annual Blessing of the Rods Show, November
Nostalgia Drags at Speedworld, December.
The drive-in with Los Boulevardos C.C. Arizona, July.

Mooneyes Xmas Show, December

Hell City Saints C.C. "Misery Run", Superior, AZ ---August.
Lucha Va Voom..Cinco de Mayo, Los Angeles, CA
Here's a shot of a couple Lucha Va Voom performers being chauffeured by the Crusaders C.C. of Long Beach, CA to the theater entrance. I wish I could take all of you to see a Lucha Va Voom show ----what a blast!!!
"Plum Loco" at the Mooneyes USA Open House, Santa Fe Springs, CA /July
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, April

 Good Guys, Scottsdale...November

Here's a never-before seen shot taken at Desert Valley Auto Parts back in April. Going to pay the place another visit and do a full post this year for sure.
Here's the "F-Bomb", Bomb Squad C.C. member Brent Haines' home-built bad-ass truck. This was taken at a shoot we did back in October with the lovely Lisa Mortensen (top photo). The project is still pending...looking forward to releasing the rest of the photos and story this year!
A new cruise-in show started back in September at the Mesa Riverview ----no view of a river but plenty of cool cars for viewing. Pictured here is Brandon Hyslope's truck (L) and Adam Braton's rat rod (R). We're all hoping the show will start up again right quick!
"Let's Ride!"..Lexus Bike Run, October
Let's Rock! Dynotones @ Mooneyes Xmas Show, December

'57 Fins @ the Pavillions, Scottsdale /March
The beauty trio: KandyK Modela,  Maybelle Lee & Carly Deville--TRR, October
The Bomb Squad C.C. L-R, Paul, Kerry, Tom & Brent-- missing members, Rex & Richard. Taken at the TRR with the psychobilly pinup winner, "Fishnets" and their "Best Club" award. That was a great weekend with my buds!
It was breakfast burritos and beer for the 9:30am Moonlight Trio performance at the Ventura Nationals back in September. Then in November, they played the Hell City Saints 2nd Annual Blessing of the Rods party...seen below with Voodoo Swing's, Shorty Kreutz. GREAT TIMES!
L-R: Aaron Martinez, Al Martinez,  Shorty Kreutz & Tony Macias

Again, my amiga, Lisa at the Haines' photo shoot /October

 LA Roadster Show, Pomona, CA /June

Me & Mike Bello having breakfast at the Mooneyes Xmas Show, December.

There it is, my best attempt to sum up an amazing year of pursuing my passion for photography and the car scene. I met more cool and talented people last year than I ever could have imagined when I started "Garrettero" just over a year ago. And most rewarding, I have established friendships that I cherish. 
Okay--now that I've hit a sappy level, I'm going to finally acknowledge my family.  I don't plaster images of my wife and kids here or on Facebook...but damn they are beautiful!! This site, nor my Facebook page are forums for family photos and updates ----but I'll say that I couldn't be more proud of my girl & boy (7&10) or more grateful for the support of my sweet, beautiful and understanding wife. Road trips to out of state shows are a blast, but coming home to my fun loving little family can't be beat.

I wish every one a great 2012!