What a cool place to spend the day! Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a 158-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Featuring horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks this place should be on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit. Be sure and take the time to visit the Japanese gardens, Very cool!
Spent a wonderful afternoon at the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly Michigan, testing out a new lens that I will be using on our upcoming trip to Washington DC for the National Acolyte Festival.
Had great weather and great time at a very very cool venue.
Wikipedia describes “The Michigan Renaissance Festival (MIRF) as a Renaissance fair, an interactive outdoor event that focuses on recreating the look and feel of a fictional English village called Hollygrove during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the latter half of the 16th Century. A large number of patrons also regularly attend the festival in costume further fleshing out the streets with nobles, pirates, Vikings, wizards, rogues, wenches, and an assortment of fantasy characters. The festival also includes many nationally known Renaissance festival stage acts, juggling shows, sword fighting shows and more…”
Highly recommended if you have never attended. Click the link below to view images in the Michigan Renaissance Festival Gallery
Mazmanian Corvette[/caption]Hot Rod Magazine featured “Big John” Mazmanian’s beautiful candy-apple red, drag racing Corvette on their March 1963 cover and called it the “Double-Threat ‘Vette” referring to how it was equally capable at being a racer and show car. Once you seen this car, you’ll know they hit the nail right on the head!
John Mazmanian began his “Corvette” adventure” when “Dyno Don” Nicholson, who ran the dynamometer at C.S Mead Chevrolet in Pasadena, California, told him about a 1961 “fuelie” Corvette” that dyno’ed better than all the other cars on the lot. John wasted no time in purchasing it and he raced it occasionally. But when he found out his nephew, Rich Siroonian, was borrowing it to race on the streets of Los Angeles County, John decided that he and Rich would take it racing, but this time, legally.
The first year out, they won the 1961 NHRA Winternationals in A-Sports (A/SP) turning 109.96 mph with the fuel injected 283 small block. Over the summer they replaced the fuel injection with a GMC 4-71 blower and Hilborn two-port injector and won the C-Modified Sports (CM/SP) title at the 1962 Winternationals with a speed of 113 mph. They also took home the 3rd place trophy at the Winternationals Car Show.
Then they got serious and installed the “Bones” Balogh 327” small-block opened up to 338” and equipped with a GMC 6-71 blower, Hilborn four-port injector, Isky cam, Jardine headers and B&M Hydro. This bumped them to B-Modified Sports (BM/SP) and by March of ‘ 63 were turning 130 mph and 10.90 seconds e.t. with “Bones” doing the driving.
“Big John” sold the ‘Vette in late 1963 and built the car he is most famous for: the ‘41 Willys Gasser that was one of the “Big Four” of the “Gasser Wars” era of drag racing. But the candy-red ‘Vette will always be remembered as one of the prettiest cars to ever run the quarter-mile.
“Big John” Mazmanian
1961 B&C M/SP Corvette
“The Double-Threat ‘Vette”
Release date: 2007
Manufacture: Precision Miniatures
History Content taken from Box Art!
One of my favorite places to take photos is at St. David’s Episcopal church in Lansing. Photographing the different seasons of the altar as well as the seasons of the year enables me to create a never ending gallery of photos. The photos featured in this topic are ones where I was experimenting with “Tone Mapping” which is a technique used in image processing to map a set of color to another which can give an appearance of high-dynamic-range. (Kind of a surreal look) Some of the images have been processed with a heavier effect than others so that I can learn the different effects individual setting have on different areas of the images.