Andrew Bush’s Amazing Photos Of Vintage Cars And Their Drivers Caught On The Go

How have I never come across these before? Not only are they superb photographs of drivers caught on the go by Mr. Bush’s camera mounted on the side of his car, but the cars are all CCs too. These were shot between 1989 and 1997, but pretty much all the cars were all already vintage by that time.

But thanks to CC reader Earl O’Neil, who sent me the link to this collection from Mr. Bush’s 2008 book Drive (available for as little as $4.50 at Amazon), I’m now a big fan, having always been a bit of voyeur on the road, especially back in the day when people were more visible in their cars.

Man continuing east at 67 mph on Interstate 10 near Palms Boulevard in Los Angeles at 4:14 p.m. in February 1991

Some notes by Mr. Bush:

Driving is as much about going out into the world and going from point A to B and getting the thing you want as it is about circulating one’s image and being seen. Even though our car shelters us like a room, it seems it is the speed we choose to drive and the direction we chose to go that really determine the space we own and the privacy we associate with driving. I was interested in moving at the same speed as the driver beside me as a way to look into their world, to show them motionless…

In cities like Los Angeles the urban environment is constructed around the car—we are in close proximity but mute to one another. Driving actually eliminates the possibility of public discourse and community—it is like walking around with headsets. Also, driving, speed, make it difficult to take in visual details. We might drive 30 miles on the freeway and reach our destination with only a few slivers of memory of who we passed or what we saw along the way. Maybe this is the result of habit as much as it is the need to drive safely and pay attention to what is ahead of us.


Man traveling southeast on U.S. Route 101 at approximately 71 mph somewhere around Camarillo, California, on a summer evening in 1994

Making photographs of people as they moved—as I was driving next to them, frequently at speeds of up to 75 mph—who were dangerously close, was every bit as much about portraiture and assigning narratives and identities to multiple anonymous encounters as it was about questioning the driving situation that structures our perceptions and ideas of privacy.

The act of making the photographs was a performance—as is everything done in public. Either before, during, or after the drivers were aware of being photographed. I used a flash which in the bright of day was perceived as no more than a glint of sun but was enough to “celebratize” the encounter. In many ways this was an attempt to connect to those with whom it seemed impossible to connect. There were silent negotiations or imposed agreements, or a chase—sometimes by me, sometimes by the other driver which didn’t always eliminate the possibility of a misunderstanding.


Woman taking her time rambling south at 63 mph on the Hollywood Freeway near the Vine Street exit in Los Angeles on a Saturday afternoon in 1991


Man driving northwest at 60 mph on U.S. Route 101 in the vicinity of Hollywood on a late Sunday afternoon in March 1991


Man proceeding southeast at 71 mph on Interstate 280 at Alpine Road, near Stanford University, at 3:21 p.m. on January 21, 1992


Man heading north at 66 mph on the Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles on an afternoon in 1989


Man drifting northwest at approximately 68 mph on U.S. Route 101 somewhere near Camarillo, California, one evening in 1989


Woman gliding southeast at 64 mph on U.S. Route 101 near Santa Barbara at 4:39 p.m. sometime in March 1990


Man (possibly someone in character) traveling northwest at 60 mph on U.S. Route 101 in the vicinity of Hollywood on a late Sunday afternoon in March 1991


Man drifting near the shoulder at 61 mph on Interstate 405 around the Getty Drive exit at 4:01 p.m. on a Tuesday in September 1992


Man traveling north at 64 mph on the Glendale Freeway near Verdugo Road, Los Angeles, at 3:13 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 1997


Man going northeast at 71 mph on Interstate 40 outside of Phoenix on a Monday morning in January 1991


Man rolling along (and whistling audibly) on U.S. Route 101 at approximately 55 mph on a summer day in 1989


Someone’s son traveling northbound at 60 mph on U.S. Route 101 near Santa Barbara at 1:55 p.m. in August 1993


Woman rolling to a stoplight at Wilshire Boulevard and Lafayette Park Place in Hollywood at 2:38Ð2:39 p.m. on January 18, 1997


Woman going about her business at 62 mph on southbound Interstate 5 near San Diego at 9:38 a.m. on a Tuesday in February 1992


Men heading south on Interstate 5 in San Joaquin Valley, California (no other information available)


Couple (and children) going northwest at 37 mph on West Grand Avenue in Sun City, Arizona, on a Friday evening in January 1992


Women racing southwest at 41 mph along 26th Street near the Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California, at 1:14 p.m. on a Tuesday in February 1997


Man possibly returning from college at 71 mph along the Camino Real near San Juan Road at 3:33 p.m. on a Saturday in June 1993


Man driving (with woman reading and parakeet clinging) southbound at 72 mph on Interstate 5 near Wheeler Ridge Road outside of Bakersfield, California, at 3:37 p.m. on a weekday in July 1992


Man cruising south-southeast at 74 mph on Interstate 5 somewhere between San Francisco and Los Angeles on a summer day in 1993


Person traveling northbound at 71 mph on U.S. Route 101 at approximately 5:20 p.m. on a Thursday in February 1997


High school students facing north at 0 mph on Sepulveda Boulevard in Westwood, California, at 3:01 p.m. on a Saturday in February 1997


Man moving southbound between 58 and 67 mph in the slow lane on Interstate 5 near the Fletcher Avenue exit at 2:40 p.m. on a Thursday in 1991


Man heading south at 73 mph on Interstate 5 near Buttonwillow Drive outside of Bakersfield, California, at 5:36 p.m. on a Tuesday in March 1992


Man finding his way south at 64 mph on Interstate 5 near Wildcat Canyon, California, on a Sunday in 1993


Person driving somewhere in the last decade of the previous millennium (whereabouts unknown)


Woman waiting to proceed south at Sunset and Highland boulevards, Los Angeles, at approximately 11:59 a.m. one day in February 1997


Woman guiding her automobile down Washington Boulevard in Culver City, California, at 44 mph at 4:11 p.m. on December 16, 1990


Man traveling 73 mph toward an overpass on a Tuesday morning outside of Portola Valley, California, on an afternoon in March 1992


Man about to cross a bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area at 61 mph at 2:14 p.m. on a winter day in the early part of 1992


Person traveling north at 62 mph near Sherman Oaks, California, on a Tuesday in 1990 (this may instead be Phoenix or St. Louis)


Woman heading west at 71 mph on Interstate 44 outside Rolla, Missouri, at 11:43 a.m. in January 1991


Mother trying to look after son at 31 mph on Rodeo Road in Los Angeles at 10:28 a.m. on a Tuesday in February 1997


Woman heading south-southeast at 67 mph on U.S. Route 101 near Westlake Village, California, at 4:10 p.m. on a Thursday in February 1997


Teenagers bopping through light traffic at 51 mph on the Ventura Freeway near Valley Circle Boulevard, Los Angeles, at 3:18 p.m. on March 16, 1997


Man driving west-southwest at 77 mph on Interstate 40 near Leupp, Arizona, at 1:20 p.m. on a Wednesday in the summer of 1989


Man traveling southeast at approximately 68 mph on U.S. Route 101 someplace in southern California in the winter of 1997


Man keeping it moving at 81 mph (I am not sure where) on a Sunday in 1989


Woman driving south at 38 mph on La Cienaga Boulevard near the Beverly Center, Los Angeles, at 1:49 p.m. on a weekday in March 1997


Beverly Hills high school students (?) cruising west at 38 mph along Sunset Boulevard on a weekend in February 1997


Man heading west at 78 mph on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, California, sometime during an evening in 1990


Man ramping down from the Santa Monica Freeway to the northbound Harbor Freeway at 31 mph at 12:18 a.m. on a Saturday morning in 1995


Man driving west at 23 mph down a yet-to-be-named dirt road, around lunchtime, during a construction boom in Las Vegas in June of 1989



Man traveling southbound at 67 mph on U.S. Route 101 near Montecito, California, at 6:31 p.m. on or around the 28th of a summer month on a Sunday in 1994


Man driving southwest at approximately 72 mph on Interstate 40 in Arizona on an afternoon of the July 4th weekend of 1989 (possibly with an air conditioner malfunction)