1994 CAMARO
DANIELLE CROOKS, NEMACOLIN, PA
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT
Car owner: Danielle Crooks
Location: Youghiogheny Dam, Fredericktown, PA
Engine: 3.4L V6
Cylinder heads: stock
Camshaft: stock
Intake: stock
Induction: stock
Ignition: stock
Transmission: stock
Rearend: stock
Suspension: stock
Brakes: slotted rotors
Years of ownership: 6
Total invested: $8,000

Danielle Crooks' late-model V-6 Camaro might not be tearing up the drag strip, but thanks to plenty of styling mods (like stripes, spoilers, emblems, ground effects, hood, wheels, and grille), she manages to turn plenty of heads anyway. Lots of color, a great location, an eye for composition, and lots of hard work sets this shot apart from the others.

1972 OLDS CUTLASS CONVERTIBLE
DAVID PATTERSON, MUNFORD, TN
Camera: Kodak Easy Share CX7430
Car owner: David Patterson
Location: near the Mississippi River
Engine: 464 Olds
Cylinder heads: stock
Camshaft: COMP 280H
Intake: Edelbrock Performer
Induction: Holley TBI fuel injection
Transmission: Turbo 350
Rearend: stock 10-bolt
Suspension: stock
Years of ownership: 13
Total invested: $23,000

The photos of David Patterson's '72 Cutlass make us really want one bad. They look great on their own, but David's photo really does the shape justice. David entered his '72 in our 2005 photo contest, and it looks like he's sharpened his photo skills even more, trying his hand with a graduated rose-colored filter.

1965 PONTIAC GTO
MICHAEL BIONDILLO HOUSTON, TX
Camera: Sony DSC-S700
Car owner: Herb Spanheimer
Location: Katy, TX
Engine: 389 Pontiac
Cylinder heads: stock
Camshaft: stock
Intake: stock
Induction: stock Tri-Power
Transmission: Turbo 350
Rearend: stock 10-bolt
Suspension: stock
Years of ownership: 42
Total invested: $10,000

Herb Spanheimer has owned this car since new, originally purchasing it at Walden Pontiac in St. Petersburg, Fla. It's got 141,000 original miles, and the only parts that have changed are the color (originally red, now black) and the period-correct Cragar S/S wheels. We liked the photo for its ambiance. We can easily picture it in the exact same spot 40 years ago. Don't let the total cost invested fool you. Most of that $10,000 is in 1965 dollars!

1965 FORD MUSTANG COUPE
SUSAN REYNOLDS ORANGEVALE, CA
Camera: Nikon D300
Car owner: Russ & Lisa Reynolds
Location: airport, Lincoln, CA
Engine: 289 ci
Cylinder heads: stock cast iron
Camshaft: small Edelbrock
Intake: Edelbrock
Induction: Barry Grant Road Demon 650
Transmission: TCI C4 w/B&M shifter
Rearend: stock, 3.55 gears
Suspension: stock
Brakes: stock
Years of ownership: 6
Total invested: $15,000

Airports are great places to shoot car photos, and Susan Reynolds lucked out on a beautiful sunset at the municipal airport in Lincoln, Calif. In the process of shooting, Susan discovered how difficult it is to get the true color to stand out (it's actually Blue Onyx, not black or dark green). That's OK, because even the most highly paid pros have a hard time with correct color in low light. Susan is the sister-in-law of both owners, and also helped with much of the restoration.

1970 CAMARO
CHRIS J. WELLS, ORLANDO, FL
Camera: Nikon D70s
Car owner: Don Hosler
Location: Orlando, FL
Engine: 350 ZZ4 crate motor
Cylinder heads: ZZ4
Camshaft: ZZ4
Intake: ZZ4
Induction: Holley 650-cfm double-pumper
Transmission: 700-R4
Rearend: stock 8.5-inch 10-bolt, 3.73 gears
Suspension: Rancho (springs, shocks, sway bars)
Brakes: stock '76 Camaro, front; '79 WS6 Trans Am, rear
Years of ownership: 22
Best 1/4-mile e.t.: 13.40/101
Total invested: $20,000

Chris Wells spent so much time and effort packaging his entry in a fancy notebook that he forgot to fill out the entry form. Luckily, he included car owner Don Hosler's phone number, and we got it straight from the proverbial horse's mouth. Don regularly autocrosses his Camaro, and it's packed with the goods needed to crank through those corners. It's fast, too, with a best e.t. of 13.40/101. Our favorite shot (shown) wasn't Chris's favorite, but he'll get over it.

1969 FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE
KEN HAWKINS, SILVER SPRING, MD
Camera: Nikon 6006
Car owner: Ken Hawkins
Location: country road near Silver Spring, MD
Engine: 351 Windsor
Cylinder heads: stock cast iron
Camshaft: stock
Intake: stock
Induction: stock 2-bbl.
Transmission: FMX
Rearend: 1957 vintage 9-inch
Suspension: Eibach springs, Total Control subframe connectors
Brakes: stock
Years of ownership: dad is original owner
Total invested: $3,000

Action shots are difficult, especially if you really want to capture the motion, and Ken Hawkins captured the feel of driving a Mustang convertible on a summer day perfectly. The only downside is it's not him behind the wheel, because he was the photographer. To get the shot, Ken mounted his Nikon SLR to the back of the photo vehicle via a Sticky Pod suction cup. A 24mm wide-angle lens is perfect for showing the swirl of the surrounding countryside.

1969 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA
THOR HARLAND, MEMPHIS, TN
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Car owner: Ron Johnson
Location: Plantation Lake, Bartlett, TN
Engine: 416ci small-block Chrysler
Cylinder heads: Mopar W-5 aluminum
Camshaft: COMP mechanical roller
Intake: single-plane W-5
Induction: Proform 950-cfm double-pumper
Transmission: 727 TorqueFlite, 3,500-stall converter, manual valve body
Rearend: 8.75-inch, Sure-Grip differential with 3.91 gears
Suspension: stock, heavy-duty torsion bars and sway bars, CalTracs bars (rear)
Brakes: Master Power four-wheel disc conversion
Years of ownership: 26
Total invested: $28,000

Thankfully, the Mopar crowd didn't completely boycott our photo contest. Our single Mope this year was plenty nice to put it solidly in the top 20, and it's a killer car, too. Thor Harland originally bought the '69 Barracuda for his son, Ron Johnson, who used it as a daily driver for several years before doing this sweet rodification. If we were going to build an A-body g-Machine, this is pretty much exactly how we'd do it!

1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE
BRIAN FROSLIE, ROTHSAY, MN
Camera: Sony Cybershot
Car owner: Brian Froslie
Location: "fresh-paved tar," Rothsay, MN
Engine: 350ci SBC
Cylinder heads: stock cast iron
Camshaft: stock
Intake: Edelbrock Performer
Induction: Holley Street Avenger 670
Transmission: Turbo 350
Rearend: stock GM 10-bolt, 3.08 gears
Suspension: stock
Brakes: stock
Years of ownership: 4
Total invested: $23,000

There's no mistaking the lines of a '67 Chevelle, and Brian Froslie captured those on his Malibu flawlessly. We've been preaching about shooting in the afterglow of sunset for years, and Brian found the perfect spot at the perfect time of day. A freshly paved stretch of asphalt and just the right angle to reflect the horizon line shows that it really isn't that hard to shoot a black car-provided you're paying attention to the contest instructions like Brian did.

1973 CAMARO
JASON WYRICK SPRINGDALE, AR
Camera: Sony Cybershot
Car owner: Jason Wyrick
Location: Pinnacle Air Hangar, Springdale, AR
Engine: 383ci SBC
Cylinder heads: Dart Pro 1
Camshaft: Lunati hydraulic roller, .509/.534-inch lift, 234 @ .050
Intake: Edelbrock Victor Jr.
Induction: Holley 750 HP
Transmission: Tremec TKO 600 five-speed
Rearend: Ford 9-inch, 4.10 gears
Suspension: Heidt's (A-arms, QA1 coilovers, drop spindles), Martz four-bar rear
Brakes: Baer w/Wilwood master cylinder
Years of ownership: 3

Shooting inside an aircraft hangar isn't the easiest thing in a post-9/11 world, but Jason Wyrick pulled it off. The only problem with his shot was he forgot to turn off the hangar lights, so there are hot spots all over it, which would be a deal-breaker for a regular PHR feature shoot. (Rookie mistake.) But standing on a 15-foot ladder to get the shot couldn't have been easy, so we give Jason an "A" for effort. Jason did all the work on his Camaro himself (except the paint), and he says a 427 big-block is waiting in the wings.