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Jake

Jake

This image of the Corvette Racing mascot, “Jake” on the engine cover of a C6 Corvette Z06 was were captured at Cars & Coffee in Irvine, on August 29th, 2009.

This can be purchased in print or canvas, by clicking the image or using the following link to the gallery: Cars & Coffee – Irvine 2009-14

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Vic

[image copyright © 2009 Victor Varela. All rights reserved]

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

Vic

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82nd 24 Hours of Le Mans – LIVE feed…

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Below is the LIVE streaming feed of the this weekend’s 82nd 24 Hours of Le Mans, which starts Saturday at 9am EST. (6am PST)


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You can also find the link on the official site: 24h-lemans.com

IMSA is posting that Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 will cover the race on a limited basis. The first 7 hours of the race will be broadcast on FS1 Starting at 8:30 AM EST on Saturday, with FS2 taking over for an hour at 4 PM EST. FS2 will pick up the broadcast again at 6 PM EST and go all the way until 2 AM EST on Sunday. FS1 will take over until 7:30 AM EST, handing it back over to FS2 for the final hour and a half.

[source: Dailymotion]

UPDATE: 6:14/2014 -12:05pm – Not too thrilled with the spotty coverage coming from the official LeMans TV feed.  I’ve included the Eurosport LIVE feed through JustinTV as it seems to be doing a much better job with their coverage.

Watch live video from dennis511 on www.justin.tv

Coronado Speed Festival & Sports Car Digest

Robert Ryan's 1968 McLaren M6B.

Robert Ryan’s 1968 McLaren M6B.  (image © 2013 Victor Varela)

Phew!  It’s been a bit of a struggle to get back into the swing of things, after eight days of fun, family, exploring, eating and a little bit of work on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.  Once home and after updating client’s websites, addressing a mailbox full of e-mails and going through images in Lightroom, I gave myself some time to post something exciting here on my blog, that happened while I was away.  I had my images from the 2013 Coronado Speed Festival published on the leading international online journal for sports, racing and vintage car enthusiasts – Sports Car Digest!

 

Alex Curtis' 1955 Mercedes 300 SL during Sunday practice.

Alex Curtis’ 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.  (image © 2013 Victor Varela)

Before I left for the weekend in Coronado, I received a phone call from friend and f/8 Motorsports Photography Workshops instructor, Dennis Gray, who asked for some images of the event for the HMSA annual (Historic Motor Sports Association, is the sanctioning organization for the Coronado Speed Festival).  They were requesting an assortment of track and “pit candy’ shots of the weekend to be included with the other HMSA events.  I happily agreed and before we ended the call, he also asked if I could cover the event for him as he had another event to photograph and could not make it to San Diego.   It would be for Sports Car Digest and would consist of about 120 images and a report of the weekend’s activities.  To say that I was excited and honored about covering this event for Dennis, a photographer with his experience, credentials and reputation, is, well… an understatement.  It was such a great moment for me! To have my abilities as a motorsports photographer, validated by Dennis with this request, well I can tell you I had a 48 hour grin on my face.  I greatly appreciate that he had the confidence in my abilities to ask me to cover the event for him.

Thank you, Dennis!

It was a great event and weekend of vintage racing with the various race classes that participated, as well as an open paddock where the cars and drivers prepared for their track time. With all the vendors, food stands, car club corrals and several military vehicles and aircraft on display, fans their families and friends, had a lot to see, eat and experience throughout the warm and sunny Southern California race weekend.

The track was a bit difficult to use as a back drop for all the fantastic cars that participated during the weekend, but I found several good spots around the track to capture them.  The morning light offered some beautiful lighting as is evident in the image above of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.  The mid-day sun wasn’t too bad for capturing images as seen by the image below of the beautiful, young lady and Fred Lacorte’s 1950 Oldsmobile “88” Convertible.

 

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Fred Lacorte’s 1950 Oldsmobile “88” Convertible is a girl magnet.  (image © 2013 Victor Varela)

Once I returned from San Diego, I was on a tight deadline because of the trip to Oahu at the end of the week.  I post processed, organized, captioned and sent the images and report to Dennis, Jamie Doyle – founder & editor of Sports Car Digest and Bill Wagenblatt at Track Thoughts for the HMSA annual.

I was in contact with Jamie and Dennis during that weekend, about the possibility of having the images published on SCD (although Dennis had asked me to cover the event, it was up to both Dennis and Jamie to approve them for publishing) and when they would be on the site.

On October 2nd, I woke up to another beautiful morning in Oahu and checked the Sports Car Digest website and found the image of Robert Ryan’s 1968 McLaren M6B and the following copy…

Report and photos by Victor Varela The Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California, played host once again to the thundering symphony of vintage race cars at the … Read Full Story

Wow!  What a great feeling it was to see one of my images on the front page of Sports Car Digest!

I have to thank Jamie for the opportunity and the prestige of having my images and report on his fantastic website.  Hopefully, I can make future contributions to Sports Car Digest and maybe other online and printed publications in the very near future.

Fell free to click the image or link below to see my image gallery & report.

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Cars & Coffee – Saturday 07/07/2012

Ferrari F458 Italia Spider (image © 2012 Victor Varela)

I made the trip down to Irvine for this morning’s Cars & Coffee.  A few interesting cars included a rare a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Berlinetta s/n 0126A .

You can view the gallery of images from this Saturday’s gathering at my Flickr.

Vic

Cars & Coffee – Irvine, Is the weekly Saturday morning gathering in Irvine, California where hundreds of proud drivers congregate to kick tires and have a cup of coffee. There is something for everyone to enjoy; classics, exotics, concepts, hot rods, motorcycles and motor-sport. And it’s all free, minus the coffee of course.

Cars & Coffee – Saturday 06/23/2012


Ferrari F430 Scuderia (image © 2012 Victor Varela)

I missed the Cars & Coffee gathering last week as I stayed home to watch the opening hours of the classic endurance race in Le Mans, France.

I had a rough time sleeping this morning and managed to get myself out of bed with only 3 hours of sleep.  With the minimal amount of sleep I had, I made my way to Irvine to see what interesting cars I would find this week.

I covered the cars as the arrived and left the parking area as well as walking through the rows of cars on display.  I didn’t take too many images this week as I was feeling a bit tired and just focused on enjoying the cars.

You can view the gallery of images from this Saturday’s gathering at my Flickr.

Vic

Cars & Coffee – Irvine, Is the weekly Saturday morning gathering in Irvine, California where hundreds of proud drivers congregate to kick tires and have a cup of coffee. There is something for everyone to enjoy; classics, exotics, concepts, hot rods, motorcycles and motor-sport. And it’s all free, minus the coffee of course.

Cars & Coffee – Saturday 06/09/2012

1954-type Lancia D24 Sports-Racing Car (image © 2012 Victor Varela)

I’ve been on hiatus from C & C for several weeks and decided it was time to make the morning drive down Irvine once again. I had company driving down to the O.C. this morning, as my wife, nephew, brother-in-law and niece joined me for the sports car gathering.

The car count was excellent at this week’s event.  There were the regulars who attended and filled up the parking lot with many of the cars people just love to come and watch, as well as some unique examples. The 1954 Lancia D24 was definitely the star of the gathering and was a great example of one of four reconstructed in the 1980s by Luciano Basso, the Lancia Museum’s official restorer and by Guido Rosani, a highly regarded engineer whose father was a director of Lancia in the 1950s.  The original Lancia D24s race wins included the 1953 Carrera Panamericana with Fangio and Bronzoni, the 1954 Giro di Sicilia with Taruffi, the 1954 Mille Miglia with Ascari, the 1954 Targa Florio with Taruffi and the 1954 Oporto Grand Prix with Villoresi.

We covered the parking area and spent more time just taking in the atmosphere and admiring the cars.  I didn’t take as many images of the cars as I usually do and found myself being more selective of what I captured and tried different vantage points from where to capture them.

You can view the gallery of images from this Saturday’s gathering at my Flickr.

Vic

1954-type Lancia D24 Sports-Racing Car

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Cars & Coffee – Irvine, Is the weekly Saturday morning gathering in Irvine, California where hundreds of proud drivers congregate to kick tires and have a cup of coffee. There is something for everyone to enjoy; classics, exotics, concepts, hot rods, motorcycles and motor-sport. And it’s all free, minus the coffee of course.

Cars & Coffee – Saturday 04/28/2012


Ferrari F430 (image © 2012 Victor Varela)

The car count was a bit down from last week’s event.  Despite this, there were many of the regulars who attended and filled up the parking lot with many of the cars people just love to come and watch,

I covered the parking area and spent more time this Saturday talking with owners and admiring the cars.  Although I didn’t take many static images of the cars, I felt I enjoyed myself more just by looking at the cars instead of trying to find and capture profiles and angles of the tightly parked cars.

You can view the gallery of images from this Saturday’s gathering at my Flickr.

Vic

Cars & Coffee – Irvine, Is the weekly Saturday morning gathering in Irvine, California where hundreds of proud drivers congregate to kick tires and have a cup of coffee. There is something for everyone to enjoy; classics, exotics, concepts, hot rods, motorcycles and motor-sport. And it’s all free, minus the coffee of course.