Chopped Mercury by Paul Vanzella

I’m finally at the end of my journey – and our final destination is Paso Robles (just 4 hours north of LA), yes, I’ve been to Italy, the Greek Islands etc, however, this is the biggy for me…. the West Coast Kustom Nationals – touted as the biggest and best kustom car show in the USA. And, can I say I’m not disappointed, it’s like swimming in a land of the best and coolest cars in the world, (pity I don’t have my 57 Cadillac with me)….

Now this car is exactly as it appears here – not tricky Photoshop work at all… it has had 6 inches chopped from the roof and also the bottom of the car… It’s a driver and is actually staying at the hotel I’m staying at. As I’m writing this, I’m wearing a “Noble Fabrications” black T-Shirt given to me and my daughter as a present from the friendly driver. How cool is that!

I am also photographing the 3-day event for an Australian magazine called “Hot Rod Revival” – so I’ll try and restrain myself and only upload one or two images as I don’t want to bore you all…. Anyway, how cool is this car!


  • Andrew Cowell
    Andrew Cowellalmost 8 years ago

    Cool beyond belief indeed! The locale and lighting are similarly awesome – nice work!

  • James Pierce
    James Piercealmost 8 years ago

    Wow – Look forward to seeing the full set when you get home mate !

  • Amanda J Slack-Smith
    Amanda J Slack...almost 8 years ago

    Now that’s car!

  • onetonshadow
    onetonshadowalmost 8 years ago

    dang, that’s an unbelieveably beautiful machine, looks like something out of a comic, and that’s to say nothing of the shot which is sublime, the colours, the shadow lines, fine work sir, fine work.

  • Adrian Rachele
    Adrian Rachelealmost 8 years ago

    A beast if i ever saw one. Pure tank.

  • Stephen Mitchell
    Stephen Mitchellalmost 8 years ago

    The car is slick, but I’m more impressed by the comic-book lighting on the front-end that you’ve managed. The diagonal shadow from the air-con unit on the wall along with the perspective of the car gives great DOF to the whole image.

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayalmost 8 years ago

    Wow, that’s such a cool car and you’ve captured the image perfectly…I expect to see some comic book suits with violin cases lurking in the background;)

  • opticflow
    opticflowalmost 8 years ago

    how cool is that!!!!! wouldnt want to do a reverse park in it though! :)

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaalmost 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great comments, – driving back to La on the 101 South, I actually caught up with the chopped Mercury and managed to film it as it sped down the highway – Now that was a surreal visual – seeing it in motion on a vast highway! I’m planning to visit the owner’s workshop next year – as he lives in Ventura, just 2 hours north of LA!

  • John Jovic
    John Jovicalmost 8 years ago

    I hate to comment on cars when looking at car pics but this really is a stunning piece of work. I’d love to have seen it in bare metal.

    Really nice image, and well balanced compostion.

    Did you position the car, mess with the light and clean any reflections in the panels in PS or is this pretty much a straight capture?

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