Vintage Photography: San Diego Car Show, 1972

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The site for this small local dealers’ show was Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego’s Mission Valley. I had only recently bought my first real camera, a Minolta SR-T 101, and was trying it out around San Diego. The date for this show would have been February 1972, and that was the last time I looked at these slides before putting them to sleep for 44 years. If I hadn’t splurged for a good scanner they would never have emerged along with hundreds of others.

Throughout the 70’s I only shot Tri-X B&W along with Kodachrome 25 or 64. These shots are one of my first trial runs in Kodachrome 25. At the time I was 18 years old and so focused on the cars as per my age and times. Japanese cars were present but not yet on my radar screen. Clearly the focus was Detroit steel, although no full sized ones were present, along with some British and Italian sports cars. Nonetheless, many sharp eyes will pick out slivers of other cars in the background.

My token GM product.


Barracuda, and Cricket


TR 6  And lots of intriguing cars in the background

Jaguar XK-E Series 3  2+2

MG Midget


Mustang Sprint

Excalibur SS

Gran Torino Sports

Capri. I never noticed the missing R and I until I enlarged this slide


Saab Sonnet

Fiat 850 Spider

Fiat 124 Spider