So, last weekend I was very fortunate to be able to borrow a Volvo V60 Polestar from Volvo UK.
For those who don't know too much about the Polestar brand, they are Volvo’s performance brand, similar to Mercedes AMG, and BMW’s M brands.
The partnership with Volvo began in 1996 with the 850, at the start of the Swedish Touring Car Championship. Over the years they have raced with many of the Volvo shapes including the S40, S60 and C30. In 2009, Polestar became the official performance partner when they introduced the Polestar Performance Optimisation for Volvo’s road cars. In 2010, Polestar completed the C30 concept car, this gave a glimpse of what was to come, when in 2013, the first production car in conjunction with Volvo was launched, these were the S60 and V60 Polestar’s
For the Model Year 2017 V60 Polestar, the car was given a power hike up from 350 hp to 367 hp, this power is transmitted through an 8 speed automatic gearbox, into an AWD system, this power is then transmitted through to the road through a lovely set of 20” inch bespoke Polestar wheels. As well as the Polestar V60 model, Polestar have also developed a range of performance parts for the standard Volvo range, these include chassis, engine and styling parts.
The main reason to have the car for the weekend, was to take along to the 3rd Chronos and Cars event due to be held over at the Porsche Centre in Hatfield.
A Chronos and Cars event is organised by Shami Kalra, who is the owner and founder of Omologato watches, a brand who were in his own words, “conceived out of our passion for Motorsport and the love for the iconic historic liveries that adorn it” and also Rob Overy who is a well respected photographer in the automotive industry and someone who’s work I admire and aspire too.
But whilst having this wonderful car for the weekend, I obviously had to take some photos of it. Recently I’ve been trying my hand at shooting cars in light conditions, using a flash (speedlight) to illuminate the details on the cars, similar to a studio style shot, but with a much smaller budget. Thanks once again to Dan Holliday, for coming along and helping out with this. He really is very good to work with.
These are the results of the car park shoot:-
Onto the meet,
Sunday the 4th of June started stupidly early for us, normally not up until at least 9:30, but we had arranged to meet my good friend Shibu at a local services, for a spot of breakfast. Shibu had also got a Mercedes C63 AMG for the show, a car that really makes its own introductions, what a sound.
We arrived at Porsche Hatfield, just after 9 am, where there were already a good selection of cars on display. So we parked up and had a wander around. There was a wonderful spectrum of colours on show. This time the show was dominated by Porsche’s which given the location, I guess was to be expected. There was also a lovely Ferrari 458, a stunning Mustang and an Aston Martin DB11.
In addition, the Porsche retail group had also brought along some classics from their own collection, my favourite being a Porsche 924 race car.
Here is a section of what was present.
The Polestar itself drew a crowd:-
Chronos and Cars is a fantastic event and has a great old boys club feel to it. It’s also good to get to talk to fellow car and photography enthusiasts in a relaxed environment, where all the car owners are perfectly happy to tell you about their wonderful machines.
The next event is due to be held on the 24th of September and I for one will be at the front of the queue to get tickets, so I can attend.
My thoughts on the V60 Polestar, well, if I had the money, I would definitely have one, such a great car, that can carry the family around in comfort, whilst also having some great performance, it could easily handle itself on a track day and quite possibly see off some of the competition.
For more info on Chronos and Cars, visit https://omologatowatches.com
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