Missouri

SRC Electrical

I photographed some of the workings of the Springfield ReManufacturing Corporation's Electrical facility for Biz 417. Besides getting to shoot at SRC, this was fun because their new facility is in the old G.E. (and later Regal Beloit) plant where my dad spent his entire career. I remember touring the plant as a child during special events and the occasional visit during his work. Some places seem smaller once you are older. This one is still huuuge. 

 Jessica Letterman and Tyler Whitener work on starters at the SRC Electrical facility on Sunshine in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 22, 2016. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Gears for remanufactured starters at the SRC Electrical facility on Sunshine in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 22, 2016. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Ryan Mitchum, left, and Shirley Stanton assemble alternators at the SRC Electrical facility on Sunshine in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 22, 2016. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 The alternator assembly area at the SRC Electrical facility on Sunshine in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 22, 2016. Photo by Brad Zweerink.

Ensor Guitars

Chris Ensor makes custom guitars at his home workshop in Springfield, Mo. This was the first time I've seen a musical instrument being made, which always seemed like a bit of magic was involved. It still does seem a little magical to me, with a level of detail, delicacy and finish that I would not be capable of. 

Ensor working on a repair for a customer. 

Ensor working on a repair for a customer. 

 Chris Ensor of Ensor Guitars, photographed at his workshop on Nov. 16, 2016 in Springfield, Mo. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
Chris Ensor, holding one of his Ensor Standard guitars made from Brazilian rosewood, Adirondack spruce, ebony and mahogany.

Chris Ensor, holding one of his Ensor Standard guitars made from Brazilian rosewood, Adirondack spruce, ebony and mahogany.

Route 66 Barbershop

Grant Kendall in his Route 66 Barbershop on College Street in Springfield, Mo. I used to go up and down this street a lot when I was a kid to visit my grandmother, but never noticed this wee little shop until last summer. I was actually living at my grandma's house at the time and saw that this was a functioning business and had to check it out. I didn't get around to it until this spring, but Grant was super easy to photograph and generous with his time. Grant took the business over a few years ago from a fellow who had cut hair there for more than 50 years! 

 Grant Kendall at his Rt. 66 Barber Shop on College Avenue in Springfield, Mo. on April 25, 2016. Photos by Brad Zweerink.

Rally in the 100 Acre Wood

I learned about the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood while living in Rolla last year but wasn't able to see it. I made a special effort to check it out this year and was glad I did, since the race featured the return of Subaru Rally Team USA driver (and X Games star) Travis Pastrana. David Higgins, his Subaru teammate and a top rally driver, was also racing. There were also a large number of drivers from around the area and the world in a huge variety of cars. 

It was my first rally race and I took some pictures on my own as a spectator on Friday, just to check the event out. Next year, I might try to snag a credential, work the racing stages more and try and shoot the famous jump at the cattle gate! 

Travis Pastrana poses for a picture with fans. 

Travis Pastrana poses for a picture with fans. 

Co-driver William Jang pulls tires out of his 2015 Honda Fit rally car. 

Co-driver William Jang pulls tires out of his 2015 Honda Fit rally car. 

Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins. 

Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins. 

Co-driver Joseph Patava, left, and driver Jeff Timpe hang out with their 1995 Subaru Impreza. They made a pretty entertaining video from the race, click on the picture to see it. 

Co-driver Joseph Patava, left, and driver Jeff Timpe hang out with their 1995 Subaru Impreza. They made a pretty entertaining video from the race, click on the picture to see it. 

Co-driver Martin Brady

Co-driver Martin Brady

Driver John Hill sitting in his slightly chewed up 1967 Ford Cortina.

Driver John Hill sitting in his slightly chewed up 1967 Ford Cortina.

David Higgins on stage three of the race. 

David Higgins on stage three of the race. 

 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood near Steelville, Mo., Friday, March 18, 2016.
Subaru Rally Team USA crew members work on Travis Pastrana's 2016 Subaru WRX STI.

Subaru Rally Team USA crew members work on Travis Pastrana's 2016 Subaru WRX STI.

Ryan Millen driving his 2015 Toyota Rav4 on stage four. 

Ryan Millen driving his 2015 Toyota Rav4 on stage four. 

Crews work on Nick Roberts' 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STi.  

Crews work on Nick Roberts' 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STi.  

Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom on stage six. 

Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom on stage six. 

Matthew Conte and co-driver Lauren Conte spin out on stage six. 

Matthew Conte and co-driver Lauren Conte spin out on stage six. 

Corey Holmes and his somewhat wrecked 1998 Subaru Impreza. 

Corey Holmes and his somewhat wrecked 1998 Subaru Impreza. 

Cherry Picker

Pics for Feast from the Cherry Picker + Fare in Springfield. This is literally on the block where I grew up and my parents still live. It used to be a tiny Brown Derby liquor store that was robbed about every other week. In Springfield, old neighborhood storefronts are rare but this spot has some good ones. Even as a kid I knew they had a ton of potential and I'm glad to see it finally realized. 

 Cherry Picker Package + Fare photographed in Springfield, Mo. on Dec. 31, 2015. Photos by Brad Zweerink
 Cherry Picker Package + Fare photographed in Springfield, Mo. on Dec. 31, 2015. Photos by Brad Zweerink