Car pictures of the week

We go behind the lens on our latest evo Icon photoshoot in this week’s gallery

What is it people say about never meeting your heroes? Just as with an actual person, meeting an automotive hero later in life isn’t always the best idea. Yes, cars are bigger, heavier and bulkier than they once were, but the advancements in technology across the board, whether that be powertrain, chassis, tyres or, worryingly, brakes often mean past greats are best viewed from a distance through that sepia lens of nostalgia. That, however, wasn’t the case when editor Stuart Gallagher got behind the wheel of the Lotus Carlton at our home base Bedford Autodrome. On a winter’s day at the track, it shone just as brightly as the spectacular sunshine. 

Senior staff photographer Aston Parrott was on hand to be behind the lens on the day, one that included a few different photoshoots in different parts of the circuit. But for all us staff on site it was the black-green hue and brilliantly retro boot spoiler of the iconic Lotus Carlton that was drawing the most attention. 

It was this retro style that the team wanted to contrast with our circuit location. Aston did this by capturing the Carlton in our contemporary style of tracking shots, taken low to the tarmac to enhance the sense of speed.

Being based on such an upright silhouette, the Carlton isn’t one of these modern-day designs that looks like it’s driving fast while standing still, so the opportunity to safely push it beyond its limits and get some angles going was also a must. 

Just as retro was the fabulous interior, with armchair-like front and rear seats that feel and look a world away from the bucket seats you expect to see on high performance saloons today.

The results from the shoot were the fantastic images you see here, additions to the library of Lotus Carlton photography that are unlike any others.

To read Stuart's full review, pick up your copy of the latest issue in store or online now via the new evo shop.

Car pictures of the week: archive

Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.

Gallery 1

Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTIFord Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.

Gallery 2

Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.

Gallery 3

The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.

Gallery 4

Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.

Gallery 5

Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.

Gallery 6

GT3s and GT-Rs are just the beginning for gallery number six, with the Noble M600Aston Martin One-77 and a couple of McLaren flagships filling out our most amazing gallery yet.

Gallery 7

A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R. 

Gallery 8

Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery

Gallery 9

Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!

Gallery 10

Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).

Gallery 11

The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.

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