Jims Auto Salvage : Sturgis : South Dakota

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So I have been rolling……….. So much amazing landscape………. and small snippets of adventure,…….. and fantastically interesting people along the way…………..

Most days as a professional photographer I have very specific missions to execute ……….. but right now this is traveling with a view to shooting something ………. but that something……….. is only determined by how the mood takes me and what I think of ……… or what I see along the way …………

Like Jim’s Auto Salvage kind of amazing kind of terrible in equal measure ………. when I first turn up out of the blue Jim says he is fed up with folks taking pictures of his old cars and putting them in calendars ………. so he says he doesn’t want photographers ………… but then we have a little more conversation …….. he is somebody literally making a living dealing with what others regard as junk …… it looks like a difficult life ……….. he is proud and self reliant ……. but he suffers from all the issues that drag on people trying to make their own business …. he is particularly bothered by taxes and regulations …………..

We have a nice conversation and I show him some photographs. Then he changes his mind and says I am OK to take a wonder round his giant site with literally thousands and thousands of rotting vehicles over acres of land.

Its like I said originally kind of amazing ………. Kind of terrible………. Old vehicles some damaged by crashes others just rotting having expired some other way …………. All with a feeling of sadness draped around them ……… Their only hope that a crazed enthusiast will want to resurrect them …….. But more likely they will gradually deteriorate and over the years be slowly cannibalized for parts …………..

Of course this place is something of a horror in this beautiful landscape ……….. and yet I find there is honor in trying to recycle and create value in the stuff people are just throwing away……. and this place is almost honoring the history of these once mighty Beasts …………

Cheers Jez XXXXXXXX

[ 9 ] comments
Have to agree with you there Bro.. Its almost like a crazy dream/nightmare…Hope your collecting those Nectar points upon visiting those
gas stations…. Enjoy the drive,and Stay Safe
PaulS @ May 4, 2013, 3:39 pm
Yo Paul hope all is good…….. Yeah this place……. Sort of fantastic to see all these old cars gathered together…….. but sort of
horrific……. collectively to see them all rotting…….. depressing…… the longer I stayed the more it depressed me ……. almost the
perfect symbol of the throw away society and all its waste…….. sitting in rolling countryside and within site of native American
sacred land…… not really right….. but not totally all wrong either……… kind of amazing…… kind of terrible……..
Cheers bro Jez XXXXXXX
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XXX @ May 5, 2013, 12:16 am
is that my 1974 Triumph Dolomite Sprint in the background.
Lee @ May 4, 2013, 3:55 pm
Or the Jensen Interceptor another vehicle we loved in our youth… Not too many Brit cars rotting in SD bro but I did see one old MG
that had known better days bro :))
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XX @ May 4, 2013, 8:52 pm
Wait I see my first car……. the mighty Mk1 Ford Escort……… ah those were the days…… mind you that thing was rotting away even
then…… there is no way it could still be hanging together now…….. :)))
XXX
Cheers Jez XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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XXX @ May 5, 2013, 12:19 am
oops. Insert question mark
Lee @ May 4, 2013, 3:56 pm
Er … OK ??????????????????? Hehehehe :))))?
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XX @ May 4, 2013, 8:54 pm
Not the least bit depressing. Some great rebuilt cars have come from there. A friend of mine and I spent many happy hours there picking
out cars and parts. My 49 Ford Pickup came from there. It is all rebuilt and customized. I have driven it for 13 years and around 60,000
miles.
Jim @ August 10, 2013, 9:11 am
Nice one Jim well u obviously have the skill to make it all happen…… I just think oh no these cars are just rotting away…….. I would
love to pick out a really cool one and have the skill to be able to rebuild it and drive it again :)))))))))
Cheers Jez XX
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XXX @ August 13, 2013, 3:28 am

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