Ford RS




Have seen this driving around Cov a fair amount recently. Looks pretty cool on the road, works well in white on dark wheels. But then I'm a whore for that combo.

Honda CRZ

Saw my first one of these a couple of days ago:

In pretty much exactly this spec. It pleasantly surprised me as from what I had seen of the production version I thought it looked fat, underwheeled and majorly watered down from the concept version. However in the metal it actually works pretty well. I was surprised how small it looked and how the wedgy profile actually looked pretty dynamic. I didn't even notice the wierd spike where the blacked out A-pillars meet the bonnet that I thought jarred in photos. Like.

It also got me thinking about something the guys always rip me for, how I always have two opinions of a car and often they differ. I reckon that when the first batch of photos of a car hit the mags or the web I form one opinion based as much on how the car looks as how the manufacturer has chosen to show it. When I see the car in the metal, often several months later, I usually have a second, revised opinion on the car. Sometimes I do a complete turnaround and fall in love with a car I disliked in the initial photographs. Case in point, the Ferrari 612. The initial press shots of the mid blue car with the tan interior, in a plain white studio, looked plain rubbish. I hated it. Then I saw one in London driving down Mayfair. It was in the deepest, darkest black imaginable with gunmetal grey wheels and it just crept slowly down the street like it was sneaking up behind some poor victim. it looked sinister, sexy and drop dead stunning. I would include on this list the Alfa GT from about 8 years ago and the current Jaguar XF. They look a bit crap in photos but in the metal they work really well.

Inversely, often a car can work well in photographs and look crappy in real life. Case in point, the new Vauxhall Astra.


the best way to have it all - Wimbledon and World Cup on one projector


A snippet from the first bit of press in Autocar last week:

Some lovely chap dropped the 'B' word in the comments. The word that has been the bane of my existence since I first made my quick clay model...

just to clarify, heres an image I put on the wall in my room a few months ago..

Hopefully that clears things up.

This pic  shows the bug with old headlights it had for a while, as well as different wheels and DLO. I always kinda liked it with no shut lines too.

Oh, what a night...

Feeling a bit sorry for myself today, so treating myself to a moan. It's my blog, I'll moan if I want to!

'Glastonbarney' on Saturday night was shaping up to be a top night, the finishing touch on a great few weeks. BBQ, sun, beer, music, football and a bunch of good friends. To cap the night off, karma thought it was high time I went and spent two hours in casualty with posterior/ aviate ligament damage and a broken off flake of bone floating around inside my knee. I'll hopefully find out on Thursday morning exactly what it is I've done, apparently there is too much swelling at the moment to make an accurate diagnosis so booked in for an MRI with a sports knee injury specialist. Gee whizz, I am excited for that.

So I'm now on 14 pills a day of assorted painkillers that make me all drowsy and foggy, the mother of all leg braces and some fun crutches for the indeterminate future. Its funny how just when everything seems to be going well the unexpected happens.

On the plus side, I have lots of new found time to trawl the internet and sketch. Sorry to everyone for not being able to help in the workshop with new designers stuff as much as I wanted to over the coming few weeks.


Found this wicked blog, full of cool renderings of spaceships and the like. Quite inspiring.

new morgan..?

3L twin turbo straight 6 BMW engine, 4 seats...

intrigued by this...

from sketch to final alias model

Some time is involved.


Being a perfectionist. Thanks to Minwoo Hwang for the pic.

another studio shot

another phone shot from behind the scenes of the photo shoot. Looking forward to seeing the proper shots.

line up

Jaguar Shooting break by Andy Webber and Reiss Finney, Mini and photo by Chris Cheng

The glamour of car design...

A quick snap from my phone of the Bug having its pic taken this morning

End of University, Start of ---?

So its officially the end of my four years at Coventry University doing a BA in Automotive design. Its been emotional, as Big Chris might say. Well done to everyone involved in making our year such a success. I'll reflect more on it all once its sunk in a bit - the last few months have been so hectic my brains are pretty frazzled.

I thought now might be a good time to start a blog, as who knows where I might end up in the coming few months. Probably nowhere, but you never know...

The first few bits of press for our show has hit the interwebs:

Autocar 1
Autocar 2

(Mines the big silvery blue Bugatti Aerolithe)