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San Marino Motor Classic 2015

Vincent modeling Carpe Viam's excellent T-shirt for The Little Red Racing Car.

Vincent modeling Carpe Viam’s excellent T-shirt for The Little Red Racing Car.

This was the first year I covered the San Marino Motor Classic: Design in Motion.  In it’s 5th year, the event was held on June 14, 2015 at Lacy Park in San Marino, California.  It is the successor of the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance.  Over 300 cars were displayed on the lawns of the beautiful 30-acre park, all gathered for the public to enjoy.

I spent the morning walking around the park, admiring and capturing the featured 34 classes of cars, which included examples from Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Packard, Cadillac, Jaguar, Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza and Rolls-Royce.

1957 Lotus Eleven (Tribute) - owned by John Holodnik & Vivian Woo

1957 Lotus Eleven (Tribute) – owned by John Holodnik & Vivian Woo

I found automotive icons and collectors like Bruce Meyer, Aaron Weiss, KABC 7’s Automotive Specialist Dave Kunz, Ed Justice, Jr., Peter Mullin & Bruce Meguiar – walking the park and talking candidly with visitors & fans who approached them.

My wife, Maria and my Grandson, Vincent, came along with me to enjoy the day at the park and to admire all the great cars on display.  Vincent even got to meet Barry Meguiar and a ride in a real fire truck!

Vic, Vincent and Barry Meguiar

Vic, Vincent and Barry Meguiar

My report and images were published online this morning at Sports Car Digest.  You can read and see all my images HERE.

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder - owned by Robert & Anne Marie De Pietro

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder – owned by Robert & Anne Marie De Pietro

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1985 Ferrari 288 GTO - owned by David Lee

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO – owned by David Lee

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2014 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance – 100 Years of Horse Power

2014 Maserati GranTurismo MC - Centennial Edition Coupe. © 2014 Victor Varela

2014 Maserati GranTurismo MC – Centennial Edition Coupe. © 2014 Victor Varela

“100 Years of Horse Power” – That was the theme for the 21st edition of the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance as Beverly Hills marked several very special occasions this year. The traditional “Father’s Day” event, finds the city celebrating their Centennial in 2014 and the “Honored Marque” – Maserati, celebrates their 100th anniversary as well. This event featured a superb combination of rare automobiles and motorcycles highlighting the past, present and future at the crossroads of fashion, design and entertainment.

1984 Ferrari 288 GTO © 2014 Victor Varela

1984 Ferrari 288 GTO © 2014 Victor Varela

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is the largest public event held annually in the city of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. With it’s unique mix of car collectors, families, local residents and international visitors, it has been named “one of the 300 unmissable events in the world” by Frommer’s Travel Guide.

1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4 © 2014 Victor Varela

1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4 © 2014 Victor Varela

This Concours also paid tribute to the Beverly Hills Speedway, a 1.25-mile track built in 1919 which hosted auto racing until 1924 – attracting such racing legends as Jimmy Murphy, Barney Oldfield and Indianapolis 500 winner Gaston Chevrolet. Up to 70,000 spectators, attended races where world speed records were set and broken during that era. The track was situated on 275 acres of land that includes the site of today’s Beverly Wilshire Hotel just outside what is called, the “Golden Triangle.”

1997 Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Andrew & Cat with a Ferrari F1 kid racer. © 1997 Victor Varela

1997 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance – Andrew & Cat with a Ferrari F1 kid racer. © 1997 Victor Varela

I’ve been attending the concours for several years now and remember bringing my daughter, Catherine and nephew, Andrew, for the first time on Father’s Day, June 15, 1997.  A special way to spend this day with my family.

1949 Maserati A6/1500 © 2014 Victor Varela

1949 Maserati A6/1500 © 2014 Victor Varela

As always, the Concours had on display, were vehicles spanning the last century, which included a horse-drawn Wells Fargo wagon. Featured were cars owned by the rich & famous residents as well as film and TV celebrities. Cars owned by famous 90210 residents Fred Astaire, Jean Harlow, Tom Mix, Mel Torme and Howard Hughes were featured as well as vehicles featured in “An American in Paris,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and HBO’s “Entourage.” Among these cars were; a 1932 Packard 903 Sport Phaeton; 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4; 1937 Jaguar SS100; 1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith; 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB; 1930 Hispano Suiza H6C Boattail Speedster; 1952 Siata 208 Prototype; 1929 Bentley 4.5 Liter Tourer by Vanden Plas; 1942 Chrysler Town and Country “Barrelback”; 1949 Maserati A6/1500; 2015 McLaren 650S Coupe; 1927 Rolls Royce Phantom I Town Car by Hooper/Inskip; 1935 Bugatti Type 57SC; 1965 De Tomaso Sport 5000; 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO.

1956 Maserati A6G/2000 by Zagato © 2014 Victor Varela

1956 Maserati A6G/2000 by Zagato © 2014 Victor Varela

In the spirit of Father’s Day, this report and images are dedicated to all our Fathers – an in remembrance of mine, Saul Varela, who passed away last year.

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB © 2014 Victor Varela

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB © 2014 Victor Varela

View the gallery of the images from this event here: Victor Varela Photographer.

A series of my images and a report were published at Sports Car Digest, the leading international online journal for sports, racing and vintage car enthusiasts.  You can view it here: Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance – 2014

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For more information, check out their website:  Rodeo Drove Concours

[source: The Donahue Group – Rodeo Drive Concours]

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Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show – 2014

Steve McQueen's 1956 Jaguar XKSS - D-Type. (On display courtesy, The Peterson Museum) ©  2014 Victor Varela

Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS – D-Type. (On display courtesy, The Peterson Museum) © 2014 Victor Varela

The Friends of Steve McQueen held their “Thomas Crown Affair” themed car and motorcycle charity benefit on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Boys Republic in Chino Hills, California. The event is in it’s 7th year and is co-chaired by Chad McQueen and Ron Harris.  The event helps raise funds to support the Boys Republic and also pays tribute to the iconic actor and racing aficionado.

The day began with the typical “June Gloom”, which made the light very neutral, when I was hoping for some morning light to capture the cars being displayed.

1951 Vincent Black Shadow, owned by Mike Begley.  ©  2014 Victor Varela

1951 Vincent Black Shadow, owned by Mike Begley. © 2014 Victor Varela

The show didn’t disappoint as there was a great variety of cars and motorcycles being displayed.  As the theme was from McQueen’s movie, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, the original 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow two-door sedan and the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider were present and displayed.

This particular car shw is special for me as I have been a fan of McQueen’s, since I first saw the movie. “Le Mans” when I stayed up late one evening to watch it on the late, late, late show.  McQueen was one of a very few actors who could stand on his own in the racing world. Many have tried and failed, but Steve was the real deal and has the respect and admiration from both the film and racing world.

Kerry Morse's 1997 Porsche GT1 (chassis 101) ©  2014 Victor Varela

Kerry Morse’s 1997 Porsche GT1 (chassis 101) © 2014 Victor Varela

This year’s show featured many notable motorcycle and automotive entries, including a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow; a 1966 BMW R69S; a 1969 Norton Commando; a 1970 Porsche 911-6 GT; a 1997 Porsche GT1 (chassis 101); a 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT; the original “Mooneyes”, the “00″ 24T Ford Roadster – owned and operated by the Alcala family since 1953; along with several Ford Mustang “Bullitt” editions.

I ran into Urban Outlaw and Porschephile, Magnus Walker, who brought his custom 1972 Porsche 911 72STR as well as long time show supporter and artist, Nicolas Hunziker, creator of the official show paintings/ posters, displayed his 1968 Porsche 911T Sports Purposes as well.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider used in “The Thomas Crown Affair". ©  2014 Victor Varela

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider used in “The Thomas Crown Affair”. © 2014 Victor Varela

My favorite car from this event has to be McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS, D-Type.  In 1957, Jaguar offered the remaining unfinished D-Types as XKSS versions. Their extra road-going equipment – which including a second seat, trimmed interior, side windows, passenger-side door, full-width framed windscreen and windscreen wipers, folding bonnet and bumpers – made them eligible for production sports car races in America.   Jaguar had 25 of these cars in various stages of completion when a factory fire destroyed nine of them.

The 2014 Awards List.

All proceeds from the 2014 Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show, benefit the Boys Republic, 1907 Boys Republic Drive, Chino Hills, California. For more information, visit Friends of Steve McQueen.

Bonnet from Ben Maccabee's 1971 Jaguar E-Type.  ©  2014 Victor Varela

Bonnet from Ben Maccabee’s 1971 Jaguar E-Type. © 2014 Victor Varela

View the gallery of the images from this event here: Victor Varela Photographer.

A series of my images and a report were published at Sports Car Digest, the leading international online journal for sports, racing and vintage car enthusiasts.  You can view it here:  The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show 2014.

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[source: Friends of Steve McQueen]

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2014 Rodeo Drive Concours – 100 Years of Horse Power

1924 Bentley 3/8 Litre “Hawkeye Special”, the “3/8” number configuration - 3 litre chassis fitted with an 8 litre engine – 2012 Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance. © 2012 Victor Varela

1924 Bentley 3/8 Litre “Hawkeye Special”, the “3/8” number configuration – 3 litre chassis fitted with an 8 litre engine – 2012 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance. © 2012 Victor Varela

For a few years now, I have attended a wonderful car show which is located in the world famous city of Beverly Hills.   The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is an exclusive display of luxury automobiles which is set against the backdrop of world class and ultra chic, Rodeo Drive. This unique event, celebrates the unique relationship between the automotive, fashion and the entertainment industries.  The event has been named one of the “300 Unmissable Events & Festivals Around the World” by top travel publisher Frommer’s.  The best part of this spectacular car show is that it’s free and open to the public!

What really makes this event special for me, is that every year, it falls on Father’s Day making this a really neat tradition.  It is a great way to celebrate the day and remember my father, Saul, who passed away last year from pancreatic cancer. This year, I will be covering the event as a contributing writer/photographer for Sports Car Digest and dedicating the article to him.

Along with SCD, I will be posting a brief write up here and several images – the majority being posted at my website, victorvarela.com and available for purchase.

Here’s the press release about the 2014 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

 

 

The 2014 edition of the Rodeo Drive Concours will mark the City of Beverly Hills’ Centennial on Father’s Day, June 15 from 10 am to 4 pm featuring Maserati as the “Honored Marque”. Maserati also celebrates their Centennial in 2014. The Rodeo Drive Committee has selected the theme “100 Years of Horse Power” to honor this milestone with a one day museum quality installation of vehicles illustrating the city’s history. From the horse-drawn Wells Fargo Wagon to the present, this year’s show will feature cars owned by storied celebrity residents and those related to key historical moments and film and TV over the last century.

 

 

 

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1. ZERO TO 100: 2014 Honored Marque Maserati joins Beverly Hills in celebrating its’ Centennial in 2014. In celebration of the first 100 years, the revered auto manufacturer introduces its GT MC Centennial Edition Model adding to the heritage of horsepower on display. To commemorate its milestone anniversary, Maserati has created unique designs of its top performance models GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition and GranTurismo Convertible MC Centennial Edition.
2. FORMULA 1-INSPIRED: Auto Gallery and McLaren Beverly Hills are the official licensed dealer for the McLaren MP4-12C in Los Angeles and offer the groundbreaking 12C coupe, the new 12C Spider as well as pre-owned exotic cars from other marques.
3. HELLO NEIGHBOR: Come and meet your newest automotive neighbor – Infiniti of Beverly Hills. Discover the 2014 lineup of award winning high- performance luxury vehicles.

 

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4. CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME: Following a highly successful debut that set a new standard for the market, excitement is mounting for Auctions America’s 2014 California sale August 1 and 2 in Burbank, California. This year’s auction will present 400 collector cars handpicked for Southern California’s unique car culture. See some of the highlights of consignments from this year’s auction.
5. ORIGINAL HORSE POWER: This year’s show opens with an appearance by the famed Wells Fargo Wagon. Before the City was founded in 1914, J. P. Bruso moved to town in 1909 and operated the Wells Fargo express office out of his grocery store and butcher shop continuing to offer customers quick and reliable express shipments of money, goods, and valuables until 1918.
6. PONY RIDE: A rare public appearance of the new 2015 Mustang celebrating the brand’s 50th Anniversary in 2014. Introduced at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the original Mustang helped define automotive youth culture in America and was so eagerly embraced by the buying public that it quickly shattered all sales records.
7. BEVERLY HILLS SPEEDWAY: This year’s Concours pays tribute to the Beverly Hills Speedway, also known as the Los Angeles Speedway, a 1.25-mile track for auto and motor cycle racing that attracted such racing legends as Barney Oldfield and Indianapolis 500 winner Gaston Chevrolet. Up to 70,000 spectators could attend races where world speed records were set and broken at the time. It was built in 1919 and operated until 1924 on 275 acres of land that includes the site of today’s Beverly Wilshire Hotel just outside the “Golden Triangle.” Make sure to see film footage of actual races on the track by noted Beverly Hills historian and author Robert Anderson.
8. PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ: A holdover from the horse and carriage era, the 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Town Car by Hooper was originally owned by Fred Astaire until 1950. Astaire used the car in London, New York and Los Angeles. This ultra-formal vehicle has a sumptuously appointed rear compartment complete with green brocade upholstery, silver plated fittings, his and hers English Silver vanity sets, silver bud vases, and two walking sticks, one fitted with a telescope, the other with opera glasses and a custom Louis Vuitton trunk on the back. Passengers could communicate with the chauffeur through a speaking tube.
9. BLOND BOMBSHELL: American film actress and sex symbol Jean Harlow owned this 1932 Packard 6-45 Dietrich Dual Cowl Phaeton. After being signed by director Howard Hughes, Harlow became a leading lady for MGM, starring in a string of hit films with frequent co-stars Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable. She was one of the biggest movie stars in the world by the late 1930s.
10. THE AVIATOR: One of the wealthiest people in the world, Howard Hughes was a maverick film producer, investor, engineer, philanthropist and aviator. Hughes was involved in a near-fatal aircraft accident on July 7, 1946, in Beverly Hills while performing the first flight of the prototype XF-11. Hughes purchased this 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and later, the car was owned by Gloria Swanson. Hughes also purchased this 1955 Packard Caribbean for wife and actress Jean Peters.
11. MUSCLE REVOLUTION: Watch-and-jewelry designer David Yurman has teamed up with muscle-car visionary Carroll Shelby, creator of the legendary Shelby Cobra, to create Yurman’s first limited-edition sports watch, the David Yurman Revolution Shelby 1000. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Shelby American brand, founded by Carroll Shelby, which produced the Cobra and other high-performance sports cars that tore up the worldwide auto racing circuit in the 1960s and early 1970s. See the new Shelby 1000 Mustang in front of David Yurman – the most powerful car to date – then check out the limited edition Revolution Shelby 1000 in store.
12. SIMPLY THE BEST: O’Gara Coach Company is an award-winning new and pre-owned retailer for Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Stop by and see what the top automotive luxury brands have to offer for 2014.
13. NEVER MET A FIREMAN I DIDN’T LIKE: The 1928 Ahrens-Fox Fire Truck served the City of Beverly Hills for several decades and is owned by the Beverly Hills Fire Department. In 1925, actor, author and humorist Will Rogers declined to be nominated as Governor of Oklahoma, instead opting to become the first and only Honorary Mayor of Beverly Hills.

 

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14. BEVERLY HILLS SPIRIT: Assouline Publishing presents their newest book “In the Spirit of Beverly Hills.” Meet the author and have your book signed by former Los Angeles Magazine editor Nancie Clare from 1 pm to 4 pm.
15. THE COLOR OF SUNSHINE: In 1967 Fred Hayman, “the father of Rodeo Drive,” opened Giorgio Beverly Hills, the street’s first high-end boutique with its signature yellow and white stripes. Mr. Hayman delivered purchases to customers via his yellow and black 1953 Silver Wraith Rolls-Royce and told the world that his favorite city was “the color of sunshine.” In 1976, Bijan opened a showroom on Rodeo, which helped to solidify Rodeo Drive’s reputation as a luxury shopping destination. Bijan touted his Rodeo Drive location as “the most expensive in the world” and parked his 2008 Bugatti Veyron “Bijan Edition” in front of the store daily – a tradition that continues to this day and now has its own special parking meter. Both Hayman and Bijan went on to create international best-selling fragrances “bottling Beverly Hills.” No surprise, but bright yellow is their favorite color.
16. SWIMMING POOLS. MOVIE STARS: “They loaded up the truck and moved to Bever-lee. Hills, that is.” See an authentic replica of the jalopy from the hit 60’s TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
17. TV & FILM: The cars from HBO’s “Entourage,” “Gumball Rally” and the 1951 Academy Award Best Picture “An American in Paris” make a rare appearance. Of note, “American in Paris” star Gene Kelly lived on Rodeo Drive for more than 40 years and film composers George and Ira Gershwin lived on Roxbury Drive for many years.
18. TRANSFORM: Los Angeles-based artists Scrap Sculptures present ultimate pieces of art comprised of recycled scrap metal from car and motorcycle parts. Stop by and see their life-size sculptures of Megatron, Optimus Prime and BumbleBee. And, don’t miss the fourth installment of the robo-movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” opening June 27.
19. THE FUTURE: Take a peek into the future with URB-E,the world’s most compact electric personal transportation. Folded, it fits next to you on a train or bus and can reach 15 mph with a 20-mile range on a single charge. It is the winner of the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show’s “Best Personal Vehicle” Award and has been featured on “The Today Show.”
20. PETERSEN MUSEUM: Since its inception in 1994, the Petersen Automotive Museum has been regarded as the focus of automotive enthusiasm on the West Coast. Their current exhibit is “Mustangs Forever: 50 Years of a Legend.”
21. BLACK STALLION: There’s a reason the black stallion serves as the centerpiece to the logo of Ferrari: Horse Power. Ferrari USA and Ferrari Beverly Hills present the newest line-up from their collection that includes the Ferrari FF, California, 458 Italia, 458 Spider, F12, 599 and F430.

For more information, check out their website:  Rodeo Drove Concours

[source: The Donahue Group – Rodeo Drive Concours]

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show

2014 Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show Poster by Nicolas Hunziker

2014 Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show Poster by Nicolas Hunziker

It’s been several years since I attended the Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show,.  The event has been held every year since 2008 at the Boy’s Republic, which is only a couple of miles away from my home.  I will be covering the event this year as a contributing writer/photographer for Sports Car Digest.

Along with SCD, I will be posting a brief write up here and several images – the majority being posted at my website, victorvarela.com and available for purchase.

Here’s more about the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show.

About the Show

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show is an automotive gathering held in early June to raise funds for Boys Republic, a private, non-profit, nonsectarian community for at-risk boys and girls ages 13-17. Established by members and friends of the (Porsche) 356 Club of Southern California, the event attracts automobile, motorcycle and off-road motorsports enthusiasts from throughout the U.S.  This year’s event is themed from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair.

 

June 07, 2014 – Boys Republic Campus, Chino Hills, CA

Every summer the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show brings thousands of spectators to the Boys Republic campus, where 16 year-old Steve McQueen spent time as a student in 1946. Since its start in 2008, the event has raised over $285,000 and has helped to attract corporate interest resulting in donations of skilled labor and building materials through the Lowe’s Heroes community improvement project valued at more than $100,000.00.

 

Participating Organizations

  • Porsche 356 Club of Southern California
  • 911 R Gruppe
  • Cars ‘n Coffee
  • Porsche Club of America, Grand Prix Region

Show Times:

  • 6:00 AM Gates open for display cars, sponsors & vendors only
  • 8:00 AM Gates open for general admission
  • 1:30 PM Awards ceremony
  • 3:00 PM Scheduled show end time

Admission / Costs

  • Spectator Parking: Free
  • Spectator Admission: $10.00
  • Children 12 and Under: Free
  • Car Show Contestant Entry: $50.00 – Includes entry for driver and one passenger (pre-registration deadline May 22th 2013)
  • Motorcycle Entry: $25.00 – Includes Cycle and Rider

[source: The Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show]

Ferrari Challenge Laguna Seca 2014

Ricardo Perez races down the front straight in the #2 Ferrari 458 EVO

Ricardo Perez races down the front straight in the #2 Ferrari 458 EVO. © 2014 Victor Varela

The hills around the legendary 11-turn, 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course, echoed with the sounds of the mighty steeds of Maranello, as the Ferrari Challenge made their return to Monterey, California on May 16-18, 2014.

Clouds and fog are the recipe that make up the weather in May around the Monterey Peninsula and this weekend was no exception.  But fortunately for race fans and competitors, the afternoon cleared to beautiful skies and a crisp, cool breeze, which provided some interesting lighting throughout the day from which to capture the Ferrari 458s.

This year marks the 22nd year for the series, which currently runs on some of the most iconic and challenging circuits in North American, European and Asia-Pacific.  The drivers race behind the wheel of competition 458 Italia Challenge race cars, specifically built at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

 

Harry Cheung leads the field for the start of the 1st race.

Harry Cheung leads the field for the start of the 1st race. © 2014 Victor Varela

If you are not familiar with the Ferrari Challenge, the series runs two categories, the Trofeo Pirelli and the Coppa Shell. The series is popular with the fans of the marquee, in part because it brings together both track novices who run in the Coppa Shell category and experienced competition drivers, who run the Trofeo Pirelli. Each category has their separate classifications and season ending title.  The Ferrari Challenge North America Series is organized by Ferrari North America, Inc., and is sanctioned by IMSA.

Two races were held over the past weekend – the first race on Saturday afternoon, the second on Sunday. The 1st race was won by Harry Cheung (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) who started from pole and led from start to finish claiming the win in the Trofeo Pirelli category. Chris Ruud (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) won the Coppa Shell category.

The 2nd race on Sunday saw Ricardo Perez (Ferrari of Houston) take the win from pole position to claim his second victory of the season. Chris Ruud would go on to win for the second time this weekend in the Coppa Shell, making this his 4th victory for the season.

Ryan Ockey negotiates the Andretti Hairpin in his #89 Ferrari 458 EVO

Ryan Ockey negotiates the Andretti Hairpin in his #89 Ferrari 458 EVO. © 2014 Victor Varela

A series of my images and a report were published at Sports Car Digest, the leading international online journal for sports, racing and vintage car enthusiasts.

You can find it here:  Ferrari Challenge – Laguna Seca 2014

 

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Following this race at Laguna Seca, the calendar for the North American series will continue to Montreal, Canada, (during the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve), June 6-8; Mont Tremblant, Canada, June 27- 29; Road America, July 11-13; Watkins Glen, Sept. 19-21; Austin, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; and will end in December with the traditional Finali Mondiali – December 3-6. 2014 marks the first time the Finali Mondiali is being held outside Europe, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The Yas Marina Circuit is also home to the Ferrari World theme park. This is where the top invited drivers from North America will go up against the other leaders from Asia-Pacific and Europe for the overall 2014 title.

Complete Ferrari Challenge information is available at: Ferrari Challenge

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[source: Ferrari Challenge]

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HMSA – 2014 Spring Club Event, Laguna Seca, CA

1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider. © 2014 Victor Varela

The sights and sounds of vintage motor racing returned to the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on March 22-23, as the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) held its 2014 Spring Club Event at this iconic race track.  The close of winter couldn’t come sooner as I anticipated the journey up north and the coverage of this event. Approximately 175 historic race cars that attended this year and made for some exciting practice, qualifying and racing at the 11 turn, 2.2 mile road course, located in the central coast area of Monterey, California.

The Monterey Peninsula in March is typically foggy and cold in the early morning hours, which usually clears to beautiful skies and a crisp, cool breeze, providing interesting lighting throughout the day. These conditions made it ideal to photograph the wide variety of historic production cars and purpose built Formula and Sports Racing cars.

1960 Porsche Abarth © 2014 Victor Varela

1960 Porsche Abarth © 2014 Victor Varela

If you are not familiar with the HMSA, they are one of the most respected historic racing organizations in the United States, producing world class spectator events across the country in addition to managing one of the largest high net worth member-based associations. Since 1977, they have served as the sanctioning body for premiere historic racing events in North America. It is the only organization in the U.S. that requires the cars to be historically correct based on the period of time that the car originally raced. Their purpose is to encourage the restoration, preservation and use of historic, sports and racing cars and their events and races are for fun with nothing to be won. HMSA members own, restore, preserve and race the most historic and valuable sports and racing cars in the world and was clearly evident by the cars that took to the track this weekend.

1962 Shelby Cobra © 2014 Victor Varela

1962 Shelby Cobra © 2014 Victor Varela

Among the entry list of the impressive cars that participated were the 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider Scaglietti of Scott Drnek; the Red Lobster liveried, 1983 March 83G driven by David Andrews; 1973 BMW CSL 3.0 driven by Jeff Gerkin; the ex-Bob Sharp Racing 1972 Datsun 610 driven by TV and radio personality, Adam Carolla; 1991 Toyota IMSA GTP Eagle Mk III driven by Tom Malloy; a pair of 1972 Datsun 240Zs; the popular trio of Shelby Cobras owned and driven by Steve, Tim and Lynn Park, to name but just of a few.

1983 Red Lobster March 83G© 2014 Victor Varela

1983 Red Lobster March 83G© 2014 Victor Varela

1970 Datsun 240Z © 2014 Victor Varela

1970 Datsun 240Z © 2014 Victor Varela

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[Source: HMSA]

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