Roush Performance Ford SVT Raptor

Roush Performance Ford SVT Raptor

Roush Performance Ford SVT Raptor

Earlier in the year, I had the opportunity to hang out with the guys over at Roush Performance.  I met up with them in Chicago for lunch while they were en route from Detroit, MI to Elkhart Lake, WI for the Pirelli World Challenge at Road America.  They were making the trip in the Roush Performance Ford Raptor, which is a truck you have to see as it is incredible.

 

We met up for lunch at one of my favorite Irish restaurants in Chicago, Mystic Celt in the Lakeview neighborhood.  Since the Roush crew was running ahead of schedule, I suggested we go to the beach after we finished eating.  It was a beautiful day in Chicago and everyone was out, so I figured it would be a good way to be visible and have some fun.  North Avenue Beach is probably the most recognizable beach in Chicago, so we headed that way.  As we were cruising down Lake Shore Drive, we caused a bit of a traffic “issue” as people were trying to get a look at the beast of a truck that Roush was riding in.  As usual, the beach was crowded, so we spoke to Chicago’s finest, who allowed us to do a quick photo shoot on the sand.  

VIP Parking at Mystic Celt in Lakeview

VIP Parking at Mystic Celt in Lakeview

 

We all had great time during the shoot and while enjoying the scenery, but the crew had to get back on the road and I had to go back to dealing with local traffic.  I was only able to take exterior shots of the truck since the interior was loaded with luggage, but I think you’ll get the picture.  This has to be one of my favorite trucks.  The graphics really stick out and give it that aggressive look.  

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Click on Image to be re-directed to official website

 

Later in the week, I was at Road America and met up with them during the races.  We all had great time and especially enjoyed seeing Jack Roush Jr. reach the podium on race two.  For more information on the Roush Performance Ford Raptor, please visit www.RoushPerformance.com.

Jack Roush Jr - Pirelli World Challenge - Road America - Turn 7   Click on image for complete coverage.  

Jack Roush Jr - Pirelli World Challenge - Road America - Turn 7 

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Chicago Blackhawks Camaro Giveaway Commercial

2014 Chicago Blackhawks Chevy Camaro SS Convertible.  Brought to you by Chevy Drive Chicago.  

Earlier in the year I had the opportunity to photograph the highly anticipated Chicago Blackhawks Camaro.  This is a vehicle that was created in conjunction with Chevy Drive Chicago, The Chicago Blackhawks and RealWheels Corporation.  Many were involved in building this vehicle, with a lot of time and effort put into it.  On the reveal day at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, it was well received quickly became a fan favorite.  Chevy Drive Chicago uses many still shots for promotional use, many of which were ones that I had the exclusive rights to take.  One night as I was watching a Blackhawks game, I saw the commercial for the Camaro pop up.  My first thought was, "Wow, what an awesome commercial".  Then I noticed that the still shots used were the ones that I took.  I've been published before, but this was a definite surprise and I was very excited to see my work out there for all to see. 


If you like to see the full story of the build of this immaculate vehicle, click on the image below.

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Click on image to read full article on the Chicago Blackhawks Camaro give aways.  

If you like to register to win this vehicle, please click on the image below to be redirected to official website. 

Thank to Kelly Marie Campbell for the pose.  

Thank to Kelly Marie Campbell for the pose.  

2014 Chicago Blackhawks Camaro SS

2014 Chevy Camaro SS Convertible Chicago Blackhawks Edition 


ChevyDrivesChicago.com, in partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks and  the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy dealers, has commissioned another exciting vehicle for one lucky fan to win in the annual Chicago Blackhawks Camaro giveaway.  For the last 5 years, a one of a kind Chicago Blackhawks themed Chevy Camaro has been built and given away to the winner at the end of the hockey season.  This particular vehicle will hold a special interest to many hard core fans as it celebrates the 2013 winning season, and the drive to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. 

Image from Chicago Blackhawks

 

 

RealWheels Corporation and Project Manager Cory Polka have again taken on the challenge to make 2014 Chevy Camaro SS Convertible the best Blackhawks car yet.  Cory really wanted this one to be special since the Blackhawks are the defending NHL Champions.  Advance Composite Specialties sent over their latest body kit, the ACS-T4.  This kit included  new rockers and a front splitter, which gave the car the aggressive look they were aiming for.  He added to the aggressive feel by giving the car 22” 2Crave No.14 rims on 245/30/22 tires in front and 295/30/22 tires in the rear. The rims were custom painted with team colors with the team name added on the lip. The  new stance was created with a Ground Force lowering kit.


 

As in previous years, the exterior of the car was painted in the team colors, with a few special accents added in. Estrada Customs took care of the custom painting  using a combination of True Black and Victory Red with a Pure White accent  to bring the car to life.   The Black racing stripe was  added to complete the fierce look and accentuate the new air dam featured in the 2014 model Camaro.


 

Katzkin Leathers created the customer interior using the team colors, featuring a black body with special Crimson Carbon inserts that mimic the teams jersey. Blackhawks logos embroidered on the head and arm rest finish off the seats.   A custom Blackhawks silhouette on both door panels is covered in red suede to give it an awesome embossed 3D look.  With red Varad accent lighting, the custom billet features from RWC really pop.  The most exciting part of the interior is the custom made shifter.  Not only was it custom made with a hockey puck, it is signed by both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.  And since no car would be complete without new sounds, Cartronix Inc added a premium Phoenix Gold Audio system.


Under the hood RWC had Liquid Ink add some of their special touches.  Starting with the engine cover using hydro-graphics, they wrapped it in a tow-tone bred and black carbon fiber.  This carried into the stabilizer bar and was finished off with the straight black carbon fiber on the air intake and fuse panel covers. 

I’ve been fortunate to photograph some of the previous years’ editions, and I have to say that this year’s car is hands down my favorite.  From the planning to all of the hard work put into building this, you can tell how much ChevyDrivesChicago.com and RealWheels Corp care about producing a quality product.   When you go check this out at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, be sure to take a close look at the custom upper and lower grilles featuring custom silhouette Blackhawks logos.  Cory added a VERY special something extra that no other NHL team can say they have.   I will not spoil this extra feature; you will have to look very carefully to find it!

Trivia -  If you look behind the Chicago Logo, you'll see the Stanley Cup


 

The Camaro will debut at The 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and will be on display at all Blackhawks home games. It is scheduled to make appearances throughout Chicagoland for the remainder of the Summer.   You can register to win this awesome car at any one of these locations and the winner will be announced at the end of the 2014 NHL season.  One lucky fan will take delivery at the annual Blackhawks Convention in downtown Chicago…it could be you!  For more information please visitwww.chevydriveschicago.com

Top four photographs from previous years starting in 2010.  Photographs from web. 

 

Pictures provided by Chris Chavez Photography