Monday, April 29, 2013

When Badass-Grandma-Hotrodders Fall Into Your Lap

April 29, 2013
  When I was in my twenties and thirties I had these road dreams—fast cars on the desert. Two-lane Mamas floor boarding full-blown hemis, taunting every gearhead they meet and screaming off into the night. It was a persistent dream that infected my day time thoughts. I gradually realized these powerful dream images might make a strong story line in a road picture. They weren't all Argosy Babes, either. I had one particular dream sequence where a tiny, old grandmother with a beehive hairdo is driving a bad-ass car and she pulls up along side a car full of gearheads and doesn't even look over. She's smokin' a Virginia Slim and it hangs off her lips like a dead chigger.

   Anyway, a great, big, juicy setup for a midnite road movie set piece. My problem was simple: where in the hell would I ever find decent art reference for this?

   Last Saturday, I was driving into the Beast on Cave Creek Road for Deena Bell's baby shower when I spied a yellow muscle car up ahead.

After I snapped off a couple reference photos with my phone, I pulled up along side:

"Pay attention: the universe is trying to help you."

—Old Vaquero Saying