For me, 2022 started strong and ended even stronger. The one constant is the great car show people, and their great rides. I love taking photos and having them posted in the newspaper, or online. At many of the car shows, I might shoot 100 to 200+ photos and there may only be 10-20 or so photos printed. However, if you go to RoddinAz.com or Facebook, you will see everything I shot. What goes along with your photos published in the newspaper and online… Yep, Bragging Rights! Speaking of being online, I am thankful for Roddin’ & Racin’ working hard online and expanding event coverage where it wasn’t before.
When it comes to car shows, I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to Nancy Perry, aka “Arizona’s Car Show Queen.” She is the heart of car shows in the valley. 50 Saturday Night Cruise-Ins, 27 ‘Hot Rod Nights’ at Westgate, 16 Friday Night ‘Feature Cars’, 28 Major Car Shows, 2 Toy Drives and 4 Breakfast Cruise-Ins every year! Many are FREE, but she still has awards, dash plaques and t-shirts, free to the first 100 vehicles. All her major events, and Hot Rod Nights at Westgate, have live music. Last year, one show had 600+, and another topped 800 registered vehicles. Another thing that I am so happy to have happened in 2022 was the opening of the ALL NEW, Martin Auto Museum and Event Center. It is truly one of the finest in the country!
As a photographer for the newspaper, I have the great privilege of receiving media credentials for major events around the valley. Two of the coolest experiences last year (and in past years) is standing on the auction block at Barrett- Jackson when vehicles are selling for millions of dollars. Also, the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass. Media credentials give me full access to the track and pits. The most mind-blowing experience is to stand right next to the track, behind a 2 ½ ft. cement barricade, and having a nitro methane burning dragster, or funny car, blowing past you at 300+ M.P.H.