Scouting locations for a photo shoot can be difficult. When it comes to privately owned cars, how far you go to find that perfect spot is often limited by the owner’s unwillingness to travel, but with a nostalgic it’s sometimes the car itself that is stubborn. On this particular day though, neither was a problem. Rather, the challenge was in finding not only a suitable distraction-free background but also one that properly captured the feel of the car we were shooting. Anonymous industrial locations are a dime a dozen and would not really help to tell the story behind Randy Hor’s Eleanor-inspired creation. We needed to find someplace special.
After about two hours driving around we came across this Gone in 60 Seconds-esque flood channel that just happened to be within a stone’s throw of Randy’s shop Ranz Motorsports in South El Monte, California. The elevated cement bike path that runs parallel to the water is not intended for cars but the route down from the street was just wide enough for the Celica. We were kind of hoping that a visit by the local constabulary would lead to a real Gone in 60 Seconds car chase with requisite pursuit helicopter and cheesy one-liners. Delroy Lindo was busy that day and the photo shoot went off without a hitch.