It wasn’t until SEMA 2015 had officially wrapped and the parade of wildly-modified made its way out of the convention centers that I stumbled upon Rilber’s widebody Audi A4. Packed tightly in the after show parking lot and lurking in the shadows, my first glimpse caught the intricate hardline air suspension setup in the trunk, and it was if I was summoned to the car. After a quick walk-around, I introduced myself to Rilber, the man behind the A4, and plans were made for it to cross my lens later in the weekend!
After spending a couple days at Las Vegas Motor Speedway over the years, I was very familiar with the area and drive from the strip. I had been out to photograph Vossen’s E63 as part of the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational in 2014, and again with Andrew Zalasin’s GT3 RS and GT4 the day prior in 2015, and was lucky enough to scout (in the dark) a location that I thought would be the perfect fit.
Enveloped in the harsh midday sun, the lightly-shaded sand and gravel landscape contrasted against the perfectly-detailed black paint of the Audi perfectly. Blue skies brought a bit of color into the scene, and I hustled around, snapping the car in the hot desert sun.
Rilber snapped a few photos as well, while baking in the heat, and my favorite part of the shoot quickly approached. Capturing movement has always been my favorite part of automotive photography, and the backdrop for Rilber’s car was nothing short of amazing. As quick as the impromptu shoot came, it was over, and we were all on our ways home from Vegas, with another SEMA in the books!