Classic cars in the frame as part of new exhibition on recycling

Ross McGinnes
Ross McGinnes

Gleaming motors from a bygone era are wheeled out every summer as part of Hebden Bridge Rotary Club’s Vintage Weekend.

But another aspect of the love and care lavished on these grand old vehicles has been captured by the camera of professional photographer Ross McGinnes.

Now his pictures, detailing the painstaking work of vehicle restorers, is on show in Heart Gallery’s main picture gallery.

Ross, who lives on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge, was inspired by a new exhibition at the gallery called Recycled, Rescued, Restored, which runs until October 20.

He scoured Yorkshire in a bid to capture the process of classic car restoration, from “barn finds” to concours classics. From Todmorden to Sheffield he’s photographed motoring icons untouched for 40 years, as well as gleaming show-stoppers.

Ross said: “I love working with subjects a little rough around the edges, and my aim was to show that a battered old Ford Zephyr covered in rust can be as beautiful as a spotless £600,000 Ferrari.

“They’re all displayed together charting various states of restoration - I’m looking forward to hearing which end of the spectrum viewers prefer.”

One of the key images of the exhibition is an atmospheric shot of the dashboard of a 1938 Austin Big 7, taken at West Riding Classics in Luddenden Foot.

“It’s a cliche, but they don’t make them like that any more,” said Ross. “The dials circled with silver bevels are stunning, true classic British craftsmanship.”

Among the 14 garages he visited, Ross also captured the work of SD Developments in Todmorden, where classics in desperate need of some TLC are transformed into professional rally cars, Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts being a speciality.

Alongside the main body of work, the gallery is also presenting intriguing automata from artist Lisa Slater, whose workshop is part of Northlight Studios, mixed media sculptures using varied materials from paper to tin and unique jewellery made from various items including old pencils, crayons and found objects.