Leica MP and 35mm Summicron: A retro day on the beach at Pendine Sands
German photographer Johannes Huwe took his Leica MP and a single lens, the 35mm f/2 Summicron, to record the Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races in June this year. The results, on Kodak Tri-X film, are extraordinary. Here’s how Johannes introduces the story:
Salt, gasoline, and adrenaline are in the air shortly before eleven o’clock on the Pendine Sands beach in South Wales. It’s June 4, 2016, the start of the fourth two-day race put on by the Vintage Hot Rod Association. The sea knew well enough to take precautions and give the speed fanatics plenty of room as the hot rods, mostly American classic cars of the 1930s and 40s, lined up at the starting line. To guarantee the cars the ideal starting conditions, special drainage ditches have been dug along the seven-mile long beach and a slope graded.
You can read the full report on the day by following this link.
Johannes has also published his limited edition book, The Race of Gentlemen. Limited to 500 copies, this signed and numbered volume, with 48 pages and 44 colour photographs has both English and German text. The price is reasonable, at €49. You can order a copy here.
Thanks to John Shingleton of The Rolling Road for bringing this article to our attention.