I have generally experienced a matter for the Kellison. There’s just anything about the air streamed physique with an simple Italian impact combined with the probable of a Chuck Manning designed chassis that speaks to me. Of program, the Kellison by no means attained its possible on the race keep track of and probably which is a different motive I adore them so… The unmet likely inspires desires of a redo and views of what could have been.
And so when I noticed Dennis Krakenberg’s ’61 J-5 at this year’s Round Up, I realized correct away it was going to get one of my picks. I also required to shoot it, but the car display environment manufactured that challenging. Established, I came up with a program.
I had brought my outdated journey trailer out to the exhibit and figured I could keep at the location overnight and if everything labored out, the solar would nevertheless be with me nicely soon after all of the spectators experienced walked by means of the gates. It worked and at all-around 8pm, I observed myself all alone with the Krakenberg Kellison.
You could keep in mind Krak’s Kellison as the aged Mooneyes vehicle. In a past life it was owned by Tom Duttrey and painted yellow with Mooneyes livery. Tom acquired the car previously driven by a w-motor and shifted via a 4-velocity. He additional the People, some trick plexi operate, and sorted a handful of additional aspects in advance of promoting the car to Dennis.
And Dennis? He did not fart around… He took the car to Phil Leonard (Syrarum Colour Studio) and advised him to go nuts with flake, gold leaf, and whichever the hell else he experienced on hand. The end result is without question the wildest Kellison ever assembled. And while I like my Kellison’s to have a much more 50’s era Grand Prix vibe, I cannot argue with this J-5’s 60’s period drag aesthetic.
In any situation, delight in this mini shoot/aspect. I could have taken far more pictures, but honestly… This was just one of these moments when I did not genuinely want to get missing driving a digicam lens. As stunning as this motor vehicle shows in my mediocre pictures, it is much improved in person.