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.
To celebrate today, here is a little American Muscle Car image. Photo nerd info: Holga Plastic camera, shot on Fuji Velvia 120 Film.
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.
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.
Here is another shot from the Coronado Vintage Car Races. The driver is listed as Greg Johnson of Irvine, California. Note front rubber not even making contact. Showing off horsepower!
I shot trackside today at the Vintage Car Races on Coronado Island in San Diego. This is a great race at the Naval Air Station. The drivers push these cars as hard as they did back when they were new. This GT 350 Mustang shows the compressed suspension as it comes out of the turn. I love being this close to the action and sound.
The racers who drove / drive these front engine rails are the lunatics of the racing world! I respect these lunatics.
Photo taken in 2010 of Vic Edelbrock in the pits with one of his Vintage Race Mustangs. Image captured on 120 Film with Holga Plastic Camera.
Playing with cameras on my days off makes my day job, shooting with cameras, so much more enjoyable. Makes sense to me. 25 plus years ago I began shooting photos for fun at races. The concept that I could wait tables at night and go shoot races on weekends was a perfect plan. I then started shooting for a racing magazine and found that I was enjoying it as much because I couldn’t enjoy the race looking through the lens all day long. Now I am a full-time commercial photographer shooting but I do love to shoot racing or auto events on the weekends when I can. I never sell the images. I print them for my self or as gifts to friends. I am asked why I don’t sell these images all the time. I think I figured it out today when looking through some racing shots from this last year. If I sold them they would be part of my work instead of my weekend fun. Someday I might go through my archives of racing from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s up to now and sell them but not yet, I am having too much fun!
Image shot with plastic Holga Camera on 120 Fuji Velvia Chrome film at the 2010 Coronado Speedfest.