Photography and video by ©2016 Toni Avery

I was recently contacted regarding my 2005 Lotus Elise being featured in an article. My car has been featured in a few articles on my website already including the track day with Hooked On Driving and the comparison against the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C. But this one was to be for an online and print article for Automobile magazine.

After booking the shoot and drive day, I prepared my car with a fresh coat of wax and the anticipation of having the Elise featured against another 4C. The day started early at 6am at the bottom of Angeles Crest Highway. We first drove up to a specific location and took some photos, then drove to another location where we pulled off for even more photos. Then, the car-to-car shots started with a lot of back and forth driving through a narrow canyon to get that perfect shot of both cars side-by-side. After an estimated 40 miles or so for just photography and driving to various spots, I was handed the keys to the 4C for a few miles. It was nice to be back after eight months since my last experience in the car.

The online article on is live and features some great photos of the two cars. I also captured a few photos and some video (below) of our drive.