An interview with Custom Plates ambassador, Blake Jones
In our special Plate to Plate feature, Blake from the international online auto community, Speedhunters speaks with us candidly about his car obsession and the meaning behind his Custom plates, 27.NSX.
Tell us, where did the fascination in cars come from?
I remember being around cars from three years old. Dad had owned unique cars and always encouraged me to get into cars. There were also heaps of car magazines lying around when I was growing up. I received my first car magazine for my 10th birthday and I still have it. I turned through those pages so many times. I started to spend my pocket money on car magazines, often cutting out the pictures to stick on my school books.
What was your first car?
My first car was an off white 1973 Mazda 929 inherited from my grandfather. I loved it and immediately wanted to learn about the paint work and what I could do on it mechanically to fix it up.
How did you get involved in the auto photography scene?
I was quite active on the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) Style Tuning forum and would pick up tips from some of the great photographers on that site. I would post my photos in discussion threads and receive suggestions on different angles and techniques. It was a real community of people who had a shared interest in driving and tuning Japanese cars. I had a Porsche 944 which I started to modify for track days. I’d cruise out to different events in that car and would post the photos I took on the forums, which also expanded my network.
Tell us about your Custom plates, 27.NSX?
Personally, I like to keep things simple, maybe highlighting the car’s build year and if I can, a style consistent to the aesthetic of the car.
I love my slimline Deluxe plates on my Honda NSX. The number 27 reflects the race number of racing driver, Ayrton Senna da Silva when he won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship in my birth year, 1990. He is regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time.
Where do you get your Custom plates inspiration from?
I like getting inspiration from Japanese culture. Japan is so forward thinking, open-minded and creative when it comes to car culture. A lot of current worldwide custom car culture has Japan to thank for its trends and styles. It’s fun playing around with Japanese phrasing and words on a Victorian plate.
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