Folsom Cars and Coffee

When I first moved into this area…

…I was already looking to car shows in the area. I wanted keep my photography skills sharp and this website up to date! There were whispers of a car show that had a little something for everyone nearby me. So I did some research to see what was happening in my neighborhood. That’s when I found out about Folsom Cars and Coffee!

This event is held every Saturday during the summer season, and this past holiday weekend’s event was so close to where I live now, I couldn’t pass it up! So unpacked my camera equipment, got my vintage Minolta 45mm lens mounted, and went on my way early that Saturday morning!

Something for everyone

When I got there, there were already several different cars of various types from all over! When I arrived, there was already a row of Corvettes on display. In fact, a 1996 C4 Grand Sport had parked across from me and I was immediately smitten. I remembered all those hours of playing the original Gran Turismo and racing the Corvette Grand Sport on Trial Mountain!

Also parked next to me at Folsom Cars and Coffee was an incredibly rare Lotus Elise Type 72; an Elise designed to celebrate Lotus’ early championships with the John Player Special cars. All around me were an incredible variety of driving machines. I was instantly taken back to the glory days of Blackhawk Cars and Coffee, when I first really started haunting car shows and honing my photography skills! I simply couldn’t believe that a car show with this kind of variety was now in my backyard! While it was a bit of a challenge to get everything with my vintage Minolta 45mm lens, I really enjoyed myself just playing with the camera settings and chatting with fellow car enthusiasts!

Folsom Cars and Coffee ended up being one of the highlights of my weekend. I am definitely coming to the next one!

Goodbye Bay Area!

city skyline during golden hour
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Sometimes, a change of scenery is good

Well, 2021 has been chock full of surprises. For one, I’m finally able to walk around without a mask (since the California Mandate was lifted for vaccinated individuals). Two, I decided I needed a change of scenery to focus more on building my skills. So after several years living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve decided to move! Goodbye Bay Area!

Half of my reasoning for this decision comes from opportunity. In simpler terms, an opportunity to completely change my lifestyle came up and I decided to take it. This of course doesn’t mean I’m giving up on automotive photography. After all, The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is just around the corner! Instead, what this means is that I would have a better chance at accomplishing my own personal goals outside of the Bay Area. And with remote work becoming a more viable solution, many other people are making this same decision. Sometimes a change of scenery is good!

Where Am I now?

grass field during sunset
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I’m not too far away now. I decided to pitch my tent in Gold Country, east of Sacramento! I’m only 2 hours away from the Bay Area, so if there’s a special event happening, I could still be there. Even more importantly, I can still attend classes at The Academy of Art University! Since everything is still online right now, it’s no problem for me! Should physical classes come back, I can just drive down and crash at a friend’s place the night before.

Also, cities like Sacramento, Folsom, and El Dorado Hills have some interesting car-related events happening all over, so I’m itching to get out there and see what drives by. There’s also some hidden gems out here. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find some interesting stories to write about. Or even better; a barn find or two!

So for now, Goodbye Bay Area. I’ll see you again soon!

Update: 2020 Sucks

A photo from the February Laguna Seca Cars and Coffee event I went to before COVID-19 hit.

2020 Sucks, but I’m still here.

So when I made plans for this website in for my Vision 2020 post, I wasn’t expecting a massive pandemic. No one was, but considering the bulk of the content on this website, it really did catch me by surprise. Man, 2020 sucks!

Since the majority of my content is photos from adventures and car shows from the Bay Area, obviously I couldn’t provide that kind of content because of the lock-down. Instead, I could have just found some other things to write about, since a lot has happened in the past few months; especially in the automotive world.

But I didn’t, because I was too busy with school and existential dread.

So, what now?

Now that the semester in Industrial Design School is over (I passed with all A’s by the way!), I have a little bit of free time. I’m working on coming up with some awesome quality content for this website. I actually have something in the works right now, but I’m not going to spoil it here!

I’ve got lot of photos from some adventures I had before the lock-down too. Even though the COVID-19 Virus put a halt to things, I’m ready to get things rolling again!

So, thanks for your patience. 2020 sucks, but I promise I’ve got more content coming soon!

-W