Call me old-fashioned, but I am in a minority group of photographers who still shoot primarily film. There isn't any compelling reason why I choose film other than I like the way it looks more. Yes, I do own a digital SLR camera as well as a digital point and shoot; but they are not my tools of choice. Film, processing and storage is expensive and inconvenient. I also believe one has to be more competent behind the camera because if the shot is screwed up, post production is less likely to be able to save the work. But in the end I see it as maintaining a craft that I hope never dies.
In the same regard, I appreciate the craft of working on automobiles in a true nuts-and-bolts sort of way. Even when the convenience of off the shelf bolt-on products are not available, people find a way to make it work. Some of my favorite articles to read in Super Street are the Back In The Day stories because it tells me these people are seriously dedicated to what they do and have a desire to maintain some history of mechanical vehicles, even if it costs more and requires more effort. In this issue, Jonny and Scott Dukes team up to bring you a story of a Datsun 510 that I thought was very cool, especially as I begin to learn more about these older Japanese little buggers (I've had a lingering desire to resurrect a '74 Honda Civic RS). During our trip to the Tokyo Auto Salon, what really caught my eye were modern-made cars that looked retro styled. I don't mean in the Chevrolet way, by taking the styling cues from the past and spiffing it up for today's looks; I mean some of these cars looked like they rolled off the assembly line back in the '60s-'70s, much like the VW Beetles that were being made in Mexico up until recently. But I digress. When someone chooses to do something creative and takes the path less traveled, even if it requires more effort, because it's the route that will produce their best work, I applaud them.