If you’re a fan of American cars made from the 1940’s through the 1970’s, and you find yourself in the Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) area, you may want to visit Wheels of Yesteryear. This is a private automobile collection of Paul and Carol Cummings which has been on display in Myrtle Beach since the fall of 2009.
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The complete collection consists of over 100 cars and about half of them are on display at any given time. Each January the Cummings rotate the cars on display to showcase different aspects of the collection.
The cars are placed quite closely together which does not afford many photographs of individual models but fans of cars from this era will still be treated to an interesting selection of automobiles none-the-less. Many of the cars on display are in 100% original condition. I had a selection of Nikon 1 gear with me and concentrated on capturing images of some of the details on many of the display units.
Wheels of Yesteryear also features a very eclectic collection of other period memorabilia like signage, posters, hub caps, toys, and castings of various sorts which also makes for some unique images. Throughout your visit you’ll be entertained with period music and commercials as if you were listening to your favourite AM radio station ‘back in the day’. NASCAR fans may also enjoy seeing the spoiler fin signed by Richard Petty.
The facility is open 7 days a week and at under $10 a person it is an affordable activity, especially if you happen to hit a rainy day and you’re looking for something to do in Myrtle Beach.
The lighting is varied and you’ll likely have to move around quite a bit to find some good highlight angles. Bringing a mid-focal length zoom lens and perhaps a longer length zoom will allow you to capture a lot of the chrome and other period details. I focused on these details during our visit. Since the aisles can be a bit narrow using zoom lenses will provide you with a lot more shooting flexibility. A macro lens may also be a good thing to pop into your camera bag.
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