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Opinion Piece: Good Times Ahead (Street Commodores Editorial Column)

02 Sep

This is the 14th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 180 of Street Commodores:

Good Times Ahead (Written December 8, 2010)

I’ve been out and about of late and I’m hearing nothing but good things.

I’ve talked a bit about my foray into feature car photography recently. The process has taken me out of the office a lot more than I’ve been used to in recent years. I’ve been able to travel all over Sydney and the Hunter region to attend car shows as well as shoot subsequent feature shoots. I also got to spend a few days travelling north to the Central Coast and Newcastle to shoot a few cars recently and throughout, a similar theme seemed to keep popping into conversation.

Surprisingly and happily, the word from both car owners and business owners seems to be that things are on the up and up. Everyone will remember the contraction we saw in most areas of the scene during the GFC in 2008. While some lucky businesses were able to report that they were suffering no ill effects of the crisis, many more were. If the businesses were doing it tough, it makes sense that the people who normally paid them the money for their parts or services – you and I – were doing it hard, too.