"Pistol Pete" and The Roadeo

For the May issue of Austin Monthly I had the pleasure of photographing Capital Metro bus driver Porfirio "Pete" Rivera. Unbeknownst to many public transit riders, every year there are state-wide, national, and international competitions between bus drivers  on timed obstacle courses…there's even a division for the mechanics to show their stuff, as well. Pete is continuing his 13-year streak as the winner in the 40 ft. bus division for Texas….this year's international results are TBD, but it will be Pete's fifth appearance there.

I have to give the CapMetro staff a big round of applause for how helpful they were during this shoot. After bringing in all my heavy gear into the lobby, everything was loaded onto a forklift by the maintenance staff and brought right over to our set. My back didn't even register that I was at a shoot that day. Also, another plus to shooting a 40 ft. bus is that it doubled as a talent trailer/magazine interview location. Bonus points since it was raining that day. 

magic forklift

magic forklift

Thankfully we got about 10 minutes of clear-ish skies, and Pete was able to muster up the courage to hang out the bus window and whoop it up like there was no tomorrow while his co-workers kept stopping by asking if we were shooting a movie. I got the impression this wasn't the norm at the CapMetro office. 

Scroll on down to see the final shot, and wish Pete good luck at the International Bus Roadeo in Indianapolis next month…go ahead and pick up the May issue of Austin Monthly, too!

Pete Rivera - Austin Monthly [May 2013 issue]

Pete Rivera - Austin Monthly [May 2013 issue]