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Red Eyes

Red Eyes

I captured the red tail lights from a Lotus Exige S at Cars & Coffee in Irvine, on August 29th, 2009.

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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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HMSA Le Sommet des Légendes, Mont-Tremblant, Canada 2013

1953 Maserati 250F

When I attended the F8 Motorsports Photography Workshop this past March, the workshop participants were given the opportunity to win hotel accommodations for the Sommet des Légendes event in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, for the weekend of July 11-14, 2013.   I was pleasantly surprised to find out in June, that the images I submitted had won me the Mont-Tremblant accommodations!

Once again, I was given the chance to cover a motorsport event as a credentialed photographer for the Historic Motor Sport Association (HMSA) event that was held at the beautiful, 2.65 mile, Circuit Mont-Tremblant road course.

1967 Lola T70

Le Sommet des Légendes weekend, celebrated the thunderous cars and great drivers from the late 60’s to early 70’s Can-Am Championship. The event also featured a wonderfully group of historic Bugatti automobiles, including several Grand Prix race cars as well as Classic Monoposto, IMSA GT, Trans Am, Sports Prototypes and F1, among others.

Among the eye-catching variety of racing beauties were the ex-John Surtees 1967 Lola T70, owned and driven by Robert Blains (this car won the first Can-Am race here back in 1966 with Surtees at the wheel); a 1956 Maserati 250S; 1978 BMW M1 Procar; 1976 Lotus Type 77; 1925 Bugatti Type 35; 1967 Porsche 910; 1968 McLaren M6B; 2005 Audi R8 LMP1; 2006 Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 and one of my personal favorites of the weekend, Peter Gidding’s 1953 Maserati 250F.

1953 Maserati 250F

I had a great time roaming the North Loop section of the race track, looking for the best angles and lines of sight that I could get during the changing light of the day.  Here again, I used my experience going through the F8 workshop and the last event I attended in June at Laguna Seca, to focus and prepare on where I wanted to capture images on the track and the best time of day to take them from those locations.  I continued to give myself a set of camera parameters to use and stay consistent with the shutter speeds, F/stops and ISO range I wanted to use throughout the day.

1956 Maserati 250S

I was fortunate to run into race car driver and owner, Rick Knoop on several occasion throughout the weekend.  So much so, that I started calling him my shadow!  Rick was a real sport and he readily shared several stories of his father, himself and his passion for racing and race cars.  He brought and drove the light-blue, 1972 McLaren M8F, taking 3rd place over the weekend in his class.  He explained that this particular McLaren had raced in the 1973 Can-Am season by the Commander Motor Homes team and was driven by Danny Hopkins.  It’s history included a best, 5th place finish at Mid-Ohio before the car was wrecked at Edmonton.  His father, Fred Knoop, bought the M8F and raced it in vintage events.  The car has been rebuilt by Rick and his partner and he races it in the same tradition as his father did.

1972 McLaren M8F

I also had the great pleasure and honor to be invited by my friends at F8 (Llew, Dennis & Jeff), to have dinner with them and racing legend, George Follmer.  The 1972 Can-Am series champion was the Grand Marshall of this year’s Le Sommet des Légendes. He regaled us with his great stories and anecdotes throughout the evening, sharing with us his runs at Le Mans, Sebring and the Indy 500, as well as the various race cars he has driven – including the 1974 Shadow DN4 that was present at this weekend’s event..  A truly wonderful highlight to cap a great time in Mont-Temblant!

Overall, a fantastic weekend, although a bit warm and muggy, a stunning race track that is Circuit Mont-Tremblant, awesome race cars and the great new friends I met and enjoyed spending time with.

You can view more of the images I captured during the the HMSA – Le Sommet des Légendes weekend at Mont-Tremblant here: Flickr Gallery.

Enjoy!

Vic

If you would like information on how to attend one of the motor sport workshops, click the following link: F8 Motorsports Photography Workshop

(images © 2013 Victor Varela)

HMSA Legends of Motorsports – Laguna Seca 2013

 

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As part of the F8 Motorsports Photography Workshop I attended last March, I was given the opportunity to cover the The Legends of Motorsports Powered by Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA), as a credentialed photographer.   The historic car races were held June 15-16, 2013 at the 11-turn, 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California.

The inaugural 2013 HMSA Legends of Motorsports Laguna Seca, celebrated the 50th anniversary of McLaren and it’s great racing heritage.  Among the beautiful and historic entries that Bruce McLaren put his name on were the 1969 McLaren M10A F5000; 1971 McLaren M8E Can-Am; 1971 McLaren M8E/F Can-Am; 1972 McLaren M8F Can-Am; 1972 McLaren M8FP Can-Am; 1968 McLaren M6B Can-Am; 1965 McLaren M1A and 1966 McLaren M1B.

 

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Also making the field on this beautiful race at Laguna Seca included Nicholas Colyvas’ 1974 Tyrrell 007 F1; Chuck Parson’s 1976 Lola T332C; Jonathan Feiber’s 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage; Al Arciero’s 1958 Lotus Eleven and 1959 Lister Chevrolet Knobbly; Bob Roth’s 1963 Genie Sports; a great selection of Alfa Romeo Coupes and Sedans; Formula 5000 and IMSA GTO machines; among those who attended this event.  Can-Am, Formula Atlantic, Formula 5000 and IMSA GTO race cars had special classes to compete in.

 

Ford Hart power plant.

 

I had a wonderful time roaming the entire race track, looking for the best angles and perspectives that I could get during the changing light of the day.  Having the experience of going through the F8 workshop, I was well prepared to use the lessons, techniques and advice that instructors Llew Kinst, Dennis Gray and Jeffrey Dahl provided me with.  I had the focus and preparation to know where I wanted to capture images on the track and the best time of day to take them from those locations.  I gave myself a set of camera parameters from which to shoot at so I could try and stay consistent with the shutter speeds, F/stops and ISO range I wanted to use throughout the day.

Having the credentials and the access to the areas around the track which are normally granted only to the motor sport media, gives you an appreciation of the responsibility one must take when photographing race cars as they speed past you at only a few feet away!  Overall, a fantastic weekend of beautiful weather, an always wonderful race track, awesome race cars and the great new friends I have with Llew, Dennis, Jeff and the photographers who attend the F8 workshops.

 

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You can view the images I captured during the 2013 HMSA Legends of Motorsports weekend at Laguna Seca here:  Flickr Gallery.

Enjoy!

Vic

If you would like information on how to attend one of the motor sport workshops, click the following link: F8 Motorsports Photography Workshop

(images © 2013 Victor Varela)

599 GTO

Ferrari 599 GTO

Ferrari 599 GTO (image © 2012 Victor Varela)

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.