From The Daily Driver Project comes RAIN, FLOWERS, SUNSHINE & CAR SHOWS!

So, its been raining a lot in SoCal. A lot!

And cold… I can’t forget cold. Well, cold for Southern California standards. I know, it’s much colder in other places.

But SoCal can always use the rain and the crazy amount of green on the hills around SoCal and wonderful wildflowers are everywhere.

It’s beautiful…

And it reminded me of something… Remember that the things bringing you down like bad days? All of those pass for a whole lot of sunshine.

Oh… and for me it’scar shows. Lots & lots of car shows!

Sometimes you just need to take a breath and step back.

Get out of your head.

Understand that it will pass and a new day or even a new breath can bring a better day.

There are always ups and downs in life.

The down can sometimes bring you flowers just like the rain does for the environment around you.

Even on your bad days. On the down times. Surround yourself with some sort of SUNSHINE.

It can be friends, pets, family. Whatever brings that sunshine and puts a simple smile to your face.

For me it’s all about seeing that next cool car and sharing that with you guys.

And remember everybody “IT’S CAR SHOW DAY!”

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A PUSH and a SHOVE… from the Daily Driver Project

Recently I was sitting in the pad, my place, the abode and watching the fantastic movie SOLO.  This isn’t the first time I had seen it. I watched in on the big screen with Fireball just before it came out officially in theaters. Thanks Fireball…

This got me to thinking about my friendship with him and with others.

In March of last year, I stepped from behind the camera to in front of it and started my “It’s Car Show Day!” Vlogs.

It was a little strange at first being in front of the camera instead of behind it, but as time passed and I made more and more of them (66 as I type this) it becomes more comfortable and a whole lot of fun.

Now I had been hemming hawing about doing it and had talked to Fireball about this on a couple of occasions. He just kept telling me to do it. Don’t over think it, just do it and as you can see if you watch any of my recent videos… I have.

Sometimes in life, you need a push (as do I) to get up and do something.

You need that friend that will encourage you to move. To execute on whatever the task is in front of you.

Then there are the true friends that understand when a push just isn’t enough and you need a shove. They know that you won’t crumble with that shove. They understand that that extra hard push will get you to a better place and they will be there to support you in all of it.

So Fireball, my friend, thanks for the push.

And remember everybody “IT’S CAR SHOW DAY!”

Editor’s Note: “You’re welcome, my friend. Nicely done.” FT

Ongoing GOALS… from The Daily Driver Project

Welcome to 2019!

Did you spend the end of the year thinking about your New Year’s resolutions?

What your goals would be at the beginning of 2019?

Having goals small and large, short term and long term are always a great idea. Accomplishing goals gives us purpose and a great feeling each time one is finished.

Now, many of us just make those goals as the New Year begins. We sit down and think about what we want to complete in the next year.

This is a great idea but there needs to be more. You don’t need to do this just at the beginning of the year. You need to do this consistently through your life.

These goals can be as simple as getting up at a certain time every day or making your bed or having a good breakfast. It can be more of a long-term idea, such as having your own business, owning a certain car or just having all our bills paid off.

Now that doesn’t have to be just about you either. The goals you set for your self could be donating or volunteering for a cause. Giving back in any way you can.

The other thing you need to do is spend some time reviewing and modifying those goals. As life continues, your ideas of where you need to be and what those goals are will change.

Put those things out there into the universe that you want to accomplish. With a good heart and good intentions and a little bit of work, those goals will come to fruition.

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BIG TOYS & Little Toys… from The Daily Driver Project

December has begun and the Toy Drive Car Shows have started too…

Car people give back a lot. A whole lot.

So when we get to the month of December, it’s all about Toy Drives. Toy Drives are all over SoCal for the whole month and Hot Rodders fill their vehicles (their big toys) to the brim with fantastic toys for kids in need.

This is what I love about being part of the automotive community. They are always giving back. All year long, they give back for many different causes and it’s not always money. And in the case of December… it’s toys. It’s just being able to help out and can be as simple as volunteering your time. Just being able to do what you can do.

The Toy Drives that happen in SoCal range from simple and small to huge. But huge may not even qualify for the size I’m talking about as one car show fills semi truckloads of toys. Just massive amounts of joy for kids that may be getting nothing for the holidays.

So, as December goes on… get out, help out, reach out. Find ways to give back.

And as always, keep that heart big my fellow Hot Rodders.

Wes Nielsen is an Automotive Photographer and owner of The Daily Driver Project.

A Whole Lot of THANKS from The Daily Driver Project

Last week was Thanksgiving when many, including me, sat around a big table with family and friends and ate a whole lot of food, giving thanks for the things they and I had in our lives.

But during last week, Fireball gave me a call to let me know that we had a friend in need. Our friend Thom Panunzio in Malibu needed some help. Thom had lost his garage and guest house to the Woolsey Fire and when I say lost… I mean leveled. There was pretty much nothing left when I got there on Saturday.

But I wasn’t alone. I joined over a dozen friends and we were there for the simple reason that Fireball called us and someone needed help. Not to get anything out of it but simply to give back and help a friend. To give back thanks.

Thom’s a car guy. I met him thru Fireball and I met Fireball thru cars. Cars are what connect almost all of my world. They are a huge part of my life and thanks to the guys that thought it was a good idea to put an engine into a wagon… boom, the CAR was born.

Getting back to Thom…, he thanked us over and over again while we were at his house. It was great but it wasn’t about the thanks. It was about being able to help and having the ability to do what I could do to help Thom find some of his memories and life experiences among the rubble.

To all those that read, follow and have friended me and more… thanks for being apart of my life.

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GROWTH, CHANGE & ADAPT… from The Daily Driver Project

I’ve been in the automotive industry for 20 years. It’s my profession and my passion.

Last week I went to the largest industry-only show on the planet that is SEMA. What started in 1967 as a little show of aftermarket parts companies in the basement of Dodger Stadium is now a behemoth that takes over every inch of the Las Vegas Convention Center and more.

I went to this year’s show with someone that was their first time… and one person being their fourth. I have been going off and on for 20 years, so it was interesting to get their perspective. I have seen this show grow so much in that time. Heck, they added another 2 story wing on to the convention center in that time that is now completely filled.

It got me to thinking about growth, change and adaptation. In my 20 years in the industry, there has been massive growth. There are new companies… companies that have joined others and some have moved to new ways of doing business.

Whether it’s a business or your personal life, you have to learn to deal with all of these things.

There is growth in our life and change that at times can be easy and difficult.

But the biggest one you should work on is ADAPTING. You have to learn to adapt to the changes and growth in your life.

Learn to embrace the choices of that adaptation to further your growth as a human being on this wonderful spinning ball we call earth.

(Editor’s Note: How we perceive change is what it becomes for us. So, SEE it as good… and it becomes good. It’s the ultimate insurance policy.)

Wes Nielsen is an Automotive Photographer and owner of The Daily Driver Project.

GOING thru the GRIND… from The Daily Driver Project

Photos from WHEELS AND WAVES Malibu…

There are many days in my life, as I’m sure there are in yours, that you’re just going thru the paces. Just getting up… going to work… coming home and doing it again and again. Much of life is monotony and just doing the same over and over again.

But life is filled with wonderful, fantastic, bright and beautiful moments as well as the low moments.

All of these waves and even the calm seas make up our lives.

What I have found in my years on this earth is you have to learn to enjoy the grind and the monotony. These routines help us get thru the day even if many times they aren’t all that exciting. These habits are many times what define us as people.

And trying to find your routine can really help.

So keep trying new things by adding and subtracting things from your routine.

You’ll find that your productivity… and day will roll along smoother than you may expect.

The routines can be for small things, everyday tasks or large jobs and an example for me is after coming home from covering a show. I unload the video and photos from my cameras, charge the camera batteries, and sort thru all that information. Then comes editing and out-puting that to my website and YouTube channel.

Find peace with your routine, your grind and your day. You will see that your every day routine becomes your peace of mind… day in and day out.

Wes Nielsen is an Automotive Photographer and owner of The Daily Driver Project.

GIVING BACK… from The Daily Driver Project

One of the things I love about the car industry and many of the car shows in Southern California is that they love to GIVE BACK.

They gather toys… a lot of toys, for Christmas.

They also donate money to tons of charities linked to their respective shows. Veterans, Cancer Research, Animals. They are all covered and it’s fantastic.

Even the individual car lover gives back in their own way.

On Saturday, I headed over to a very cool little car show in Anaheim called Patriots and Paws. The organization raises money to help Veterans in 2 ways…

(1) They help them with household items such as furniture, kitchen items and appliances. (2) They also get them therapy pets. Both of these things are a great way to help them out and to combine it into one organization. And it’s fantastic.

Find those charities that mean something to you. Get involved in whatever capacity you can. Money, your time, whatever you can do to help out.

Whatever the way you can give back… THANK YOU and keep it up. Any and all help with any cause is always a beautiful thing.

**PATRIOTS AND PAWS is now listed on our Show Page.

Wes Nielsen is an Automotive Photographer and owner of The Daily Driver Project.

Chasing the COLORS… by The Daily Driver Project

Lately, I have been trying to get to shows earlier than I have in the past.

If they will let me in, I’m trying to get there by sunrise. But why sunrise? Because I’m chasing the colors… the beautiful colors, the fantastic light that you find at sunrise and sunset. Since most car shows start early, it’s all about the sunrise.

For me, colors have always been a challenge. I’m red/green color deficient or ‘deuteranopes’ as it’s called. There was a time when I wanted to do something in the arts, but it would be kind of difficult to have clients that wanted anything that puts those colors into play.

So my career path changed, but I still wanted to be creative and then photography came into my life. A place for me to express myself and share my love for hot rods, customs and all kinds of other vehicular contraptions.

One of the things I had to learn was to trust the camera, my computer screen and that what I was seeing. I had to learn to just trust and accept.

Learning to trust my equipment and myself, I have started to push what I do. I have started to chase the colors, search out the things that always made me a little nervous.

You have to learn to find what you love, to chase after those colors, to pursue your passions and own your idiosyncrasies that make up who you are.

(Editor’s Note: This is a great example of someone expanding their comfort zone to learn and grow. What could you do today to push beyond your limits and give the world something beautiful? Win the Morning… Win the Day.)

Wes Nielsen is an Automotive Photographer and owner of The Daily Driver Project.

The LANGUAGE of a LINE… from The Daily Driver Project

Design has changed throughout time and the language of what a line states has changed as well.

A line speaks to each individual in its own way. It can bring about an emotional response. It bends, weaves, makes letters, connects the dots, separates and connects individuals and family.

Lines make up the shape of the automobile, some of my favorite lines.

At the beginning of the automobile, the lines were simple, straight, utilitarian. As the years went on the line curved, embellished, flowed. They became sharp, pointed and abrupt. They became bland and ordinary. They grew into technology, wedges, curves and got us to places that we needed to go.

Lines can become art, and for me that art is in the Hot Rod.

The Hot Rod is self-expression of those lines. They add, subtract and modification of those lines make something cool.

The line is influenced by culture, by the designer, by the era. The line can also be influential and ahead of its time.

It has always amazed me to watch the designer take an idea and a line and make that into a complete rolling machine.  To understand where there should be a connection, a curve, a short line or long one to make these speak to us in the language of the line. A language that potentially we will not understand, but at the same time may make you fall in love with that automobile.

Look around you. Pay attention to the lines. The flow, the barrier, the direction, wherever it takes you. Let the language of the line take you somewhere.

Wes Nielsen is an Automotive Photographer and owner of The Daily Driver Project.