Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

There’s always bl**dy one!

I tend to have my cameras in various states of readiness while wandering around, but even that doesn’t always work.

Nor is it an option with any sort of compact – usually lacking anything resembling a viewfinder, they turn on their battery draining rear screens the minute they’re turned on, so can’t be kept on and ready for a grab shot.

I usually don’t power anything up until I’m far from home, why waste battery charge if a shot is unlikely.

But I should know better – having already missed TWO Lamborghini Diablos (probably the same one twice) while strolling along Tollcross road.

This time, something made me turn round and I spotter a flash of Ferrari red in the line of traffic.

Lined up the shot… then realised the day had not ‘started’ and the camera wasn’t ready to go.

Frantic switch flick, reframe, and fire.

But it still almost got away, and the camera was still half asleep and the autofocus said ‘Go’ even though the pic was far from focussed.

This might have needed TWO passes through an image sharpening routine to change fuzz into recognisable shapes, but at least I got a pic this time, unlike the previous Diablo fails. To get an idea of just how bad this pic was before processing, just compare the rear light on the right-hand side of the Ferrari with that on the left.

If you read this post when it was first published, well, I had to rewrite the description.

The info I was given was wrong, and the service I use to track registrations didn’t (and oddly still doesn’t) have the registration in its records.

F1 JMK is a red 2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
The F12 Berlinetta uses a 6,262 cc (382 cu in), naturally aspirated 65° V12 engine from the Ferrari F140 engine family. The F140 FC version installed on the F12 produces 740 PS (544 kW; 730 hp) at 8,250 rpm and 690 Nm (509 lb ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm, which made it the fourth-most powerful Ferrari road car to date, surpassed by LaFerrari, F12tdf and 812 Superfast. The F12berlinetta accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in an officially reported 3.1 seconds, 0 to 200 kph (120 mph) in 8.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of over 211 mp (340 kph).
Note that at the time of its introduction, this V12 was one of the few engines which produced more than 100 hp per litre without using any form of forced-induction such as supercharging or turbocharging.

Tollcross Ferrari

Tollcross Ferrari

The rear of this one puzzled me at the time, but after the correct details were identified, all was well again.


Dec 17, 2017 - Posted by | photography, Transport | ,

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