I mainly photograph people so it was pretty strange when Road and Track magazine contacted me. I thought for sure they had dialed the wrong number. The photo editor, David quickly explained that it was a celebrity portrait shoot and the subjects were stars in the 80s hit television show “Miami Vice”. There names were Spyder, Countach and Testarossa. Crockett and Tubbs couldn’t make it.
Each one these beautiful objects of desire was photographed at a location in Miami or Miami Beach where they were often portrayed on the show. Miami Vice was partially inspired by the Florida police policy of using confiscated evidence to finance law enforcement operations. Edna Buchanan, a crime reporter for The Miami Herald was interviewed by Road and Track for the story. She told John Krewson who wrote the article that “The criminals often went from poverty to incredible wealth on one deal. The cops ripped off the criminals, and everyone had too much money. Once they got it, their first stop was the jewelry store. The second was the car dealership.”
No high speed chases on this shoot, just shear joy of getting behind the wheel of a few modern super cars. My 2004 Toyota Sequoia SUV will never be the same. Here are a few BTS and outtakes from the shoot.
This is the stick shift of a 1988 Lamborghini Countach.
Many scenes from Miami Vice were shot at Crandon Beach on Key Biscayne, Fl. We took over the boardwalk to catch some beautiful morning light. And the line up is a 1971 Ferrari Daytona spyder,a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa and a 1988 Lamborghini Countach. Not exactly beach buggies, but they can tear up the asphalt.
Top down view of a 1971 Ferrari Daytona spider.
1971 Ferrari Daytona spider
1986 Ferrari Testarossa | Miami Vice Star car