At USC, my two emphases are Communications and Venture Management. Writing has always been a passion of mine, particularly when the subject is cars. Below are a few samples of my work as seen on The Paddock, my automotive blog.
Bonneville Speed Week attracts gearheads from around the world to a dried up lake bed, covered with a crust of salt, in attempt to break world land speed records.
It was opening day of the year, 2016. Snow was still visible on the side of the pavement and course workers were eagerly clearing the track to prepare for the day’s test and set up session.
Explore the Paddock with Ryan Lowry and see the vintage races through his eyes with this detail-oriented photoset. Shot on a Hasselblad 500C medium format film camera for that "period-correct" feel.
Automotive enthusiasts from around the world are familiar with the United States' second oldest motorsport event to the Indianapolis 500, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This race to the clouds has championed the bravest drivers and quickest land vehicles since 1916, and this year, the 96th annual hill climb welcomed a new king of the hill, Romain Dumas.
The DR30 checks all the right boxes for any JDM car enthusiast: a turbocharged 4-cylinder, rear wheel drive, 5-speed manual, right hand drive, and only available in Japan. Compounding the desirability, this particular car is 1 of 400 Anniversary Editions ever made, commemorating Nissan's 50th Anniversary.
The crisp December air is cold and thin, but the warm sunset glow paints a different picture. Seattle is often socked-in with clouds, so we have to take advantage of what little nice weather we do get. One of these rare days came upon us, and Daniel Piker didn't waste any time. His photo set perfectly captures the graceful lines of BMWs most iconic classics - a 1971 2002 and a 1971 2800CS.
This year marked the 10th anniversary of SoCal Vintage BMW, one of the biggest and best BMW gatherings in the country, if not the world. Interestingly, it's one of the few events that BMW and the BMW Car Club don't sponsor or organize. It's these enthusiast roots that maintain the laid-back vibes and diversity of cars, from perfect original specimen to rat rods, and everything in between.
A loud, slammed, fender-flared BMW 2002 is badass, don't get me wrong, but we've all seen it, and there is something to be said for a more understated build. Some cars warrant a second look, even if you can't put a finger on why exactly. This enigmatic beauty is no accident; it's the result of a refined vision, years of parts hunting, and most importantly, patience, without succumbing to the instant gratification of riveted-on fender flares, giant wheels, cutting springs, or a straight-piped exhaust.
My Rolex Motorsports Reunion experience started early on Sunday morning, at about 4AM. I made a last minute decision to head over to Laguna Seca and photograph the event. I’m always looking for an excuse to be behind the lens and see some beautiful vintage machines ripping around the racetrack, so this was a perfect opportunity.
Enjoy this complementary collection of high resolution wheel photographs taken at the 2017 Rolex Motorsports Reunion.