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D e a n   M e e s o n ' s   L o t u s   E s p r i t

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I've always felt that modifying a car is more than just a hobby; it's expressive in a similar way that art is. There are many styles people take inspiration from, but ultimately what your 'finished' product is, is uniquely yours. For most, we start at a young age when our insurance premium is through the roof, so we bought our Corsas and our Saxos and made them our own. However, things begin to get interesting a few years down the road (providing you've got a decent driving history) and a whole world of opportunities open up. For a car enthusiast, the world is suddenly your oyster.

 

Dean Meeson is a real visionary, and if nothing else, you can certainly commend him for thinking outside of the box. I'd hardly even seen a Lotus Esprit, let alone seen one modified before Dean's. As is often the case, I first stummbled across Dean's Esprit while flicking through social media photos. At the time, it was in a much more original state apart from most noticably the air ride and some wheels. Even then, everyone's imaginations were running wild, and Dean's Esprit became a must see icon during the next car show season, and it was immediately added to my ambitious list of 'must shoot' cars.

 

Over the following winter Dean had been putting in work to refresh his Esprit and take it to the next level. From a full wrap to completely custom wheels. The tranformations weren't just skin deep though; a retrimmed interior by Dean himself, and most importantly, a new Alpha Romeo V6 engine giving Dean's Esprit the power it deserved. Needless to say, I was over the moon when Dean and I were able to arrange a shoot together.

 

We met late in the day, after a show central to where we both lived. After a while deciding where to shoot, and with day light running low, we decided to use the wide open space on the top deck of a multi-storey car park. I went in to this with no real strategy other than to capture this awesome and truly unique Esprit. I hope you enjoy the photos, and if you ever get the chance, go and see Dean's Esprit in the flesh - you won't regret it.