At the end of this summer, my friend and fellow photographer Gijs Spierings and I made a short trip to the UK. As part of the #MBsocialcar program of Mercedes-Benz, we got to bring the brand new SLC 43 to London. We made a three day trip, taking photos along the way. I decided to capture a series at several English beaches, right up to sunset.
The all new Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is fun and fast roadster, little compared to for instance the SL-series. The car is powered by a 3.0L V6 Biturbo engine. No less than 367 horsepower and a gorgeous crackling exhaust note makes you enjoy driving this car around, a lot. The car has a very balanced chassis which just invites you to have fun on windy country roads. As the new video commercial of this car would be shot in London, one brand new SLC 43 had to be delivered there. Gijs and I would have 3 days to get the car from the home of Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart, to the captitol of the UK. Giving us plenty of times to shoot some pictures of it.
On the first day we went through the Eurotunnel, connecting France with the UK by train. After just over half an hour on the train, we emerged in Folkestone. By this time it was already dark outside so we headed straight for our hotel. The next morning we enjoyed the view of the sea during our breakfast, planned our routes and headed out to give the car a proper cleaning. The photos you’ll see below are all shot on this second day.
We started at a small fishing community some 12 miles south west of Folkestone. We than got on route towards London, following the coast. We stayed at a nice and quiet beach for a couple of hours to enjoy the view and shoot the car. After the sun was set, we headed to our hotel in London. The final day of our trip we spend in this busy city, sightseeing in between shooting more photos. Once we delivered the car to where it needed to be, we headed to the airport to fly back home.
We definitely enjoyed our little roadtrip with this Mercedes. While we’re two Dutch guys of decent length, we quickly got used to the rather confined cockpit. The trunk had enough space for our gear, which was limited to handluggage size, even with the roof down. We got very lucky with the weather too luckily, especially for UK standards. I hope you’ll enjoy viewing the photos below as much as I did shooting them. If you’re interested in my services or if you have questions for me, please feel free to contact me.