I spent the day photographing VW drag racing at Auto Club Speedway. It is called the Bugorama. This is one of the days that make me grin. Completely immersed in two of my favorite things to do, photograph and be around fast old Volkswagens. I know to those that haven’t seen VWs race it seems like a contradiction in terms, “fast” and “old Volkswagen” but they are fast, on the edge and exciting to watch in the quarter-mile. This shot is in the staging lanes, next step, the burnout!
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Here is a shot from the Goodguys Meguir’s 14th Del Mar Nationals car show. This shot was taken between autocross races in the pits. This Vintage Camaro was being tweaked for the next session. I am glad they have added autocross to the event because it is a great way to see these vintage cars in action instead of just sitting pretty. Photo nerd info: Nikon D800 with Nikon manual 24mm perspective shift lens.
The VW Treffen event this last weekend, September 8, 2013, at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA is where this shot was taken. This show is one of my favorites. It is so, as my wife would say, civilized. Not jam-packed with cars but enough to walk around and enjoy each one for hours. The quality of some of these cars is amazing. Nothing newer than a 57 oval window is allowed in the show. Buses must be pressed bumper era and Ghias older than a 1960. There are coachbuilt cars and as you can see even a few Porsches in this show. The show is every two years at this German Club. They have a rifle (pellet gun) range, German dancers, beer and we had some Schnitzel and Brats.
This 1957 Porsche Speedster is owned by Kelly Whittemore
Photo nerd info: Nikon D800, Nikon 50mm shot at 1.4 @ 1/5000th sec, iso 50
To celebrate today, here is a little American Muscle Car image. Photo nerd info: Holga Plastic camera, shot on Fuji Velvia 120 Film.
This Ford Shelby Mustang was shot at the 2011 Concours d’ Elegance at Del Mar, California. Great piece of history from my childhood. My dad drove a 1965 Mustang in this color. The color is “Sunlit Gold.” This car at the time the image was captured was owned by Frank Chirat. Photo nerd info: Nikon D7000 with a 20mm Nikon Lens, f6.3 @ 250th, ISO 100, lighting was sunlight with a small pop of the on camera flash, removed in Photoshop the guy standing next to the car with way to much hot rod, racing, car images on his clothes.
I shot this image of Ivan Stewart blasting across the Nevada desert in the early 1980’s at the Mint 400. During that time of my photography career I was shooting racing in the desert of the southwest and Mexico for the magazines. I was also shooting races at the tracks around Southern California. I was in the pits at one of the races and had some of my prints with me. I was photographing some images of Ivan when I decided to do the “Fan” thing and asked him to sign this print. He signed it to me and dated. For those who don’t know Ivan Stewart, he was nick named the Iron Man because he would race the Baja 500 or 1,000 and drive the whole distance. He also won more than his fair share of off-road races. He is one of my heroes in the racing world. This print is hanging in my garage with other auto memorabilia.
Photo nerd info: Original is shot with a Nikon F3 High eye point with a 24 or 28mm Nikon lens, shot on Tri X BW Film, I shot this copy shot of the print with my iPhone and processed. When I shot the original shot I was wearing baggy cargo shorts to carry all of my lenses, probably.
I shot this years ago when working for the VW and Off Road Magazines. This was shot circa 1980 at the Mint 400 Race outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the class that wasn’t the fastest on the course but that beat you to death. Class 11 is pretty much a stock Volkswagen with the only modifications being safety, reinforcement and ground clearance. I remember my friend Loren raced this class and he told stories of pushing the car through silt more than driving it. The Mint 400 was a great race. Four laps of 100 miles each through the desert. Best part was always pushing the cars through tech inspection down Fremont Street in Vegas the day before the race. Always a party! Photo Nerd info: Nikon F3 High eye point camera, probably 50mm lens, Kodak Tri X Film, I was sporting a ridiculously thin mustache.
Photographed at Del Mar Concours D’ Elegance Classic auto show. Not just fossil fuel burners. Hand crafted art. This 1929 Auburn was just one example of the Cars in this invitation only show. Amazing!
This series of shots was taken in chronological order at the 2011 Coronado Speed Festival Vintage Races. As I was shooting I over heard another racer talking to his friend, both had their collars popped up by the way, saying that #15 should just give up and put it on the trailer. Well I guess he proved them wrong. He finished ahead of the racer that made the comment. Love that! This is Vintage Racing.