ABOUT ME

Born and raised in a small russian town called 'Moscow', I am now exploring Berlin's roads with my camera.

May I introduce myself - My name is Maxim and I am BerlinRichStreets.

I always was a petrolhead. Like the funny little story my mother once told me:
At the age of two I had a cute little toy helicopter. A colorful and unproportional plastic helicopter. It had wheels and a rotor, which rotated by rolling the wheels. My mother still remembers, how I played with it like it was a car. I never flew it around, I just drove this thing on my road carpet.

Funny enough, I can't really remember NOT having played with cars. It is a passion from day one, and I can't imagine to live somewhere without an access to a road.

At the age of eleven, which was the 23rd of August 2007 to be exact, my father took me into the city with the words "you will like the place". This place was the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, which I am still visiting today. Equipped with my mom's 2,2 MP Nokia, I took the first 'spots' of my life. Unfortunately I don't have the pictures anymore, but I still remember which cars it were.

All started with an epic grey Lamborghini Gallardo LP530 Superleggera. B-GT748 was the exact plate. Like the day was not epic enough, ten minutes later a white McLaren SLR Roadster arrived and parked right infront of the Lambo. This was like heaven for me!

This day was the beginning of a story which still continues. During the last years many things happened - I met many new people, visited many events, was on vacations in different cities and saw amazing and unique cars! Now I am a part of events like the Berlin Sportscar runs, Curvally GP or Race1000.

But, actually I am not alone. Eventhough I founded the group back in 2010, I got two great friends helping me out with the project, which is super cool!

 

Vincent

The second photographer and my support in matters 'shootings' and 'events', whose Monaco spots are featured in our 'international' section amongst other things, but also many 'shooting' pictures were possible with his help only!

 

Norbert

And not to forget him. The GTspirit.com veteran, founder of the 'Berlin Sportscar Society' and our automotive history teacher, is also our man for things we don't have time for. Like organisation, management and all the nasty bureaucracy nobody really wants to have.

And now the QA with questions we received from you. The "basic" questions (which I anwsered way too often :-D )...

What equipment do you use?

I use a Canon EOS 60D with a Sigma 18-200 f3.5-6,3 with a B/W polarizer. Also, I have a Sigma 17-50 f2.8 and a Canon 50mm f1.8, but these are mainly for night use. One day, when the money is right, I will get a Sigma 70-200 f2.8. For shooting purposes I got a Metz AF-44A external flash.

Vincent uses almost the same equipment - 60D, 18-200 and 50mm 1.8.

How do you edit your photos?

Shooting in RAW, editing in Photoshop. No biggie.

How did you guys meet up?

I met Vincent while car spotting in 2010. Also, both of us play Xbox, so one day we just started to race each other in Forza and GTA.

Norbert once wrote me on facebook, and asked me to join an event for GTspirit.com. The event was cancelled, but we just kept on writing, and one day we met us, as some friends of ours wanted to show him their Evo's, and I was on road with them.

What cars do you drive?

Nothing spectacular, really. Vincent owns a VW Golf Mk4 and Maxim has his BMW 3 Series E36.

Where are you spotting?

Mostly Kurfürstendamm, since it's the best location to see something. But we also often visit hotels like Hyatt and Adlon, also Potsdamer Platz, Unter den Linden and of course the mighty Classic Remise.

What do you do for a living?

Maxim has just finished studying 3D-graphics design and attempts to get a job in this branche. Vincent is working as a mechanic in a classic Porsche garage, and Norbert is a system administrator.

Do you earn money by car spotting?

No, there is almost no way to earn money which would make you independent, and if there is - we didn't find it yet. But it's not about money anyway, we do it because it's fun!

What are your favorite cars?

I want a dream garage, which contains a Lamborghini Murciélago LP640, Mercedes G63 AMG and a BMW M5 E39.

Vincent loves the Volkswagen Käfer, the Nissan Skyline R34 Mine's and the Porsche 911 G-Model.

Norberts dream rides are the BMW M3 E46 and the Porsche 996 GT2.

What is the most insane car you've spotted yet?

Without any doubt, the Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster in Berlin, and the Gemballa MIG-U1 in Paris.

If you guys got any questions which we did not anwsered - ask us by using the contact tab!

At this point, I would say thanks to every supporter and every fan which is following our hobby for any reason he have! We do it for you guys!

 

Keep Berlin's streets rich!