Tips from the Goodguys 20th Colorado Nationals

by | Sep 12, 2017

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Mary and I would like to thank all the nice people we met at the Goodguys 20th Colorado Nationals in Loveland last Sunday. At the end of the show, Mary got to ride in one of the 10 Best cars and go on stage to accept an award for her cousin Maureen Magnuson’s (yes, that Magnuson) Carroll Speedway Special, a beautiful, classic hot rod.

There are several tips I learned from attending the show that I would like to pass along. First, because there are more cars in attendance, attend the Saturday show. Several people told me that many cars left at the end of Saturday and did not return on Sunday. The cars that were there were worth checking out and the venue at The Ranch in Loveland is first-class for holding a car show and autocross.

But I have a photographic tip to pass along too: Bring extra memory cards. For the show, I brought along a Panasonic Lumix GX85 and 12-32mm kit lens. I took a break to do some chimping only to discover that all of the images I made up to that time had disappeared—gone. Typically when this kind of thing happens it is almost always the memory card. So naturally I pressed on made a few more forgettable pictures and then lost my mojo.

Upon arriving home, I stuck the 64GB Lexar Professional memory card in my 5K iMac and ran PhotoRescue. It took a while with the examining 64GB but only received the second batch of (forgettable) images plus a lot of other stuff that I had already saved and archived. So then I ran Lexar’s own Image Rescue, which is a little faster and it recovered a few more of the lost images but if you look in the upper right-hand corner of the above illustration you will see what is obviously a corrupt file, which seems to have eaten the directly it was stored on.

By now sharp-eyed readers will have noticed that on June 27, Lexar ceased its retail operation aka memory cards. Going forward, I’ll probably dump all my Lexar cards and purchase some new San disk cards for Mary and I.

Update: A lot has happened since I originally wrote this post: On June 27, 2017, Micron announced that Lexar’s entire portfolio would be discontinued, including memory cards. The brand was shortly thereafter acquired by Chinese company Longsys and a group of former executives teamed up to produce new Lexar memory cards. If I get a chance to test the new cards, I’ll write a review.