The sun was just about visible over the horizon, Dartmoor. Shooting into sun meant adding lights to fill dark shadows on car.
This is the scene so you can see my lights giving the fill light. At this point, sun's down. Still just enough light to shoot.
Only a minute or so before sundown! At this point you're almost out of time.
Shooting with a wide angle close up distorts the car's front like this.
With temperature down to 2 degrees the ice warning came on. I dared myself to keep the top down for the half hour home. Glad I had a hat!

Review: Peugeot 206 CC

December 06, 2016

Peugeot's little 206 CC launched in Jan 2001 and became the best selling convertible in the UK for three years in a row. It did gather a reputation as being more of a ladies car. I had never given them a second look, certainly not in baby blue. But Gumtree threw this 2 litre version up at a temptingly low price under a mile away from my home. No, I didn't need a new car. But the 206 CC turned out to be genuine fun. And it's lowly price tag was due to the car having lost some paint after vinyl sign written letters were removed. Probably saying 'Deb's Doggie Wash' or 'Bev's Salon'. 

So, here I am with my bangernomics bargain buy, top down, on Dartmoor, with the weather outside a brisk 2°C. And I have to admit to feeling rather smug, and more than a little toasty with the heater set to 28°C.  As you can see I set up my lights (on the way home from a commercial property photo shoot), and had some fun photographing it as the sun set.

Trying to convince myself of the car's masculine side isn't easy, but I'll have a go. It's 2 litre engine is the same as the 206 GTI, with a not-to-be-sniffed-at sub 9 second 0-60mph time. The engine's pulls well particularly away from urban environment. I was impressed with it's willingness accelerating through the 50-80mph zone. And I reckon it handles well, in a go-kart kind of way. Surely the car's greatest asset in the face of our UK weather is it's hardtop electric folding roof - something anyone with a normal vinyl soft top would dearly love. Security is probably on par with a normal tin top car, and both sound levels and temperature control are far superior to a standard soft top. And it's pretty much a one button affair.

Prices start as little as £500 for these cars, and at that kind of money, I think they're a bit of a snip. (Snip snip). Here's some original press pack info for those of you keen to embrace the 206 CC virtues -