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My Time Behind the Fence.

1968 McLaren M6B passing the scoring tower at turn 10. LoM – Laguna Seca 2013. © 2013 Victor Varela

Back in June of 2013, I received an e-mail from Dennis Gray – Senior Photographer for Sports Car Digest and f8 Motorsports Workshops instructor.  He asked me to call him about the upcoming HMSA event at Mont-Tremblant and the idea of me writing a story about my experience with the workshop and the events I had attended.

I followed up with Dennis and discussed his idea for a story and related images that would be published sometime in October/November 2013 for Sports Car Digest.  What a great opportunity for me to to write about my experiences, as well as having my images published on the leading international online journal for sports, racing and vintage car enthusiasts. Of course I was on board with this!

I took notes and compiled several sets of images.  I worked on the initial draft of the article from October through December, submitting rough drafts to Dennis for his input. Finally, we had a time-frame for submission to SCD – Early January 2014.

I finished up my final draft and completed the selection of 60 of my favorite images from the events I covered. After Dennis reviewed and approved the article, I submitted it with the images to Jamie Doyle, editor at SCD.

I awoke Friday morning at 5:30 am (after having a nightmare – but that’s another story) and checked my iPhone.  It was neat to see that my story had been published as the featured article on SCD.

Thanks Dennis and Jamie for the opportunity to share my images and story with the SCD readers.

You can read my article here: Behind the Fence – Capturing the World of Motorsports

Vic

Article and images by Victor Varela

MotoGP 2013 @ Laguna Seca

 

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Valentino Rossi leans his #46 Yahama factory bike into turn 5 during warm up for the 2013 MotoGP. (image © 2013 Victor Varela)

Although I had just been home for a little less than 3 days from covering the Sommet des Légendes event in Mont-Tremblant, Canada, my brother-in-law, Alex, invite Maria and I up to Monterey for the weekend. This trip included a day in San Francisco and race day at the MotoGP at Laguna Seca. Needless to say, we accepted his invitation.

Despite the one day at the track, I was able to capture a decent amount of images from both the outside of turn 5 and from the straight section between turns 1 & 2. With no credentials to get track side, I was still able to capture some rather tasty images of these cool motor racing bikes.

Below is a series of images I captured as Alvaro Bautista drops his #19 Go&Fun Honda as he entered turn 5 during the Sunday morning warm up.

The gallery includes a selection of images I captured on Sunday during the warm up and the race later that day.  Enjoy!

Vic

(images © 2013 Victor Varela)

Cavallino Rampante Dopo il Caffè

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Prancing horse after coffee… Ferrari 458 Italia, captured during the Cars & Coffee event in Irvine, CA – 5/18/2013. (image © 2013 Victor Varela)

Camera: Canon 5D MKII
Lens: Canon 24 – 105mm 4.0 L
ISO: 100
Sec: 1/60
F/stop: 7.1
Lightroom: Exposure, saturation, highlights, shadows and other Lightroom 4 magic.

Electric Blue

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Electric Blue, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, captured during the Cars & Coffee event in Irvine, CA – 3/30/2013. (image © 2013 Victor Varela)

Camera: Canon 5D MKII
Lens: Canon 24 – 105mm 4.0 L
ISO: 100
Sec: 1/60
F/stop: 8
Lightroom: Exposure, saturation, highlights, shadows and other Lightroom 4 magic.

The Urban Outlaw

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Magnus Walker – Porsche 911 72STR 002, captured during the Cars & Coffee event in Irvine, CA – 3/30/2013.  Magnus is standing in the background, 4th from the right.
(image © 2013 Victor Varela)

Camera: Canon 5D MKII
Lens: Canon 24 – 105mm 4.0 L
ISO: 100
Sec: 1/80
F/stop: 8
Lightroom: Exposure, saturation, highlights, shadows and other Lightroom 4 magic.

Read more about this Urban Outlaw at magnuswalker911.com

Watch the documentary here.