FinalistWe've got to hand it to reader Ryan Fultz-he's a man on a mission. Ever since our first photo contest back in 2005, he's sent in an entry every year. This time, Ryan chose the '69 Camaro of his friend, John Chandler, over his own '68 Chevelle as the subject of his photo shoot. Like many Pro Touring enthusiasts, John decided to eschew the traditional small- and big-block Chevrolet engines for the corporate Gen III LS1, and backed it with a highway-friendly 700-R4. The result is a car with all the modern attributes of power, economy, balance, and reliability, while retaining the classic looks of an icon.
FinalistChris Gaines did an excellent job photographing Doug Lynch's '74 Nova, which is one of our favorite years for this car. We noticed right away that Chris was paying attention to our photography guidelines by finding a great location with a sharp horizon line down the side of the car. The low angle also shows all four wheels and a killer stance, there are no tangencies in the composition, the framing is nice, and the lighting is perfect (which could've gone horribly wrong on a really bright day like this).We don't know what type of camera Chris used, but judging from the really fast glass he's using, it would pretty much have to be a high-end Canon or Nikon. Chris says the Nova was his grandma's daily driver, and she bought it new in 1974. Originally a six-cylinder, Chris upgraded the engine to a 305, and changed the original dark brown paint to black with silver SS stripes. As soon as Doug can provide us with Chris' mailing address, we'll get Chris' prize package sent out. Congrats on a job well done, Chris!