I shot this quite some time ago and have kept it tucked away, this shoot was done to create a technical record showing every panel,fixing and intersection of the chassis and bodywork of this car.
We photographed a complete 'teardown' of the completed shell/chassis, as each panel came off the fastenings followed by a series of photographs of the panel showing each side and different angles, plus some detail shots of seams, folds and creases, creating a visual blueprint for future repairs or re-manufacture.
Letting the cat out of the bag..to call them replicas just does not comprehend what is involved, this is a remanufactured new Mercedes W125 using original factory drawings, the same methods of fabrication and construction , built and correct in every minute detail, a hand made exotic race car of 1937.
The original cars are incredibly rare, one owned by Bernie Ecclestone and the other in the Mercedes museum. So rare and valuable that the opportunity to see one running is almost unheard off, race cars are only 'alive' when breathing, these rare 'continuations' will allow other to experience the smell and sound of history.
The 'new' body shells were reproduced by Roach Engineering with the mechanical manufacture and build being carried out by Crosthwaite and Gardiner, both having access to Bernie's car to use as a reference for the technical details.
The most impressive thing is seeing this being crafted,at a bench by hand. It is truly awe inspiring watching a true craftsman manipulating a sheet of aluminium into compound curves and intersecting angles from a single sheet.
The plan was to create a set of 5 very special books (one for each car) showing the complete build story..and I mean complete..down to the last rivet and screw head.
It's a great honour to be the photographer selected to show this process, I'm thinking some nice B/W art prints would look good on someone's wall.
So if you have a bad day at Goodwood or the Nurburgring and the panels and chassis change shape..I have images of what it should look like!