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-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.
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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