October 5, 2022


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The Krakenberg Kellison

I’ve usually experienced a issue for the Kellison. There is just something about the air streamed human body with an undeniable Italian impact blended with the potential of a Chuck Manning created chassis that speaks to me. Of course, the Kellison by no means achieved its potential on the race track and possibly which is a different cause I appreciate them so… The unmet potential conjures up desires of a redo and feelings of what could have been.

And so when I noticed Dennis Krakenberg’s ’61 J-5 at this year’s Round Up, I understood correct absent it was going to get a person of my picks. I also required to shoot it, but the vehicle display environment manufactured that challenging. Decided, I arrived up with a prepare.

I experienced introduced my old travel trailer out to the demonstrate and figured I could keep at the venue  overnight and if all the things worked out, the sunlight would nonetheless be with me properly following all of the spectators experienced walked by means of the gates. It worked and at all-around 8pm, I identified myself all by yourself with the Krakenberg Kellison.

You may remember Krak’s Kellison as the old Mooneyes motor vehicle. In a former lifetime it was owned by Tom Duttrey and painted yellow with Mooneyes livery. Tom bought the auto presently run by a w-motor and shifted by a 4-velocity. He additional the Individuals, some trick plexi operate, and sorted a couple a lot more particulars right before selling the car to Dennis.

And Dennis? He didn’t fart around… He took the vehicle to Phil Leonard (Syrarum Coloration Studio) and told him to go nuts with flake, gold leaf, and what ever the hell else he had on hand. The result is devoid of issue the wildest Kellison ever assembled. And though I favor my Kellison’s to have a more 50’s era Grand Prix vibe, I just cannot argue with this J-5’s 60’s period drag aesthetic.

In any situation, love this mini shoot/characteristic. I could have taken a lot more shots, but honestly… This was a person of those times when I didn’t definitely want to get shed guiding a camera lens. As lovely as this vehicle displays in my mediocre photography, it is considerably greater in particular person.


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