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Sports Car Digest – Best Vintage Car Racing Photo of 2016

Ferrari 250 GTO and Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion (photo: Victor Varela)

I was honored again this year to have four of my images, of the best 50 chosen, to be considered for Sports Car Digest’s Best Vintage Car Racing Photo of 2016. Since 2009, SCD has celebrated the photographs they publish by choosing the top 50 and having the readers chose from these.  Selecting the top 50 certainly isn’t an easy task for them, but with the list being narrowed down, SCD is asking for your assistance in picking the best vintage car racing photo.

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion (photo: Victor Varela)

To vote, simply visit the following page on their website: Best Vintage Car Racing Photo of 2016

You can find my 4 images on the SCD website here:  My Best Vintage Racing Photos for 2016

I have shared the four images here for your consideration and your vote for any one of them would be greatly appreciated!

Ferrari 412MI the Monterey Motorsports Reunion (photo: Victor Varela)

Simply vote by leaving a comment at the bottom of the Ports Car Digest website page, indicating which photo is your favorite image.  They will announce the winner in the January 21st edition of their newsletter and in the comment section.

Scarab Mk I left its mark on the Monterey Motorsports Reunion (photo: Victor Varela)

Sports Car Digest will randomly choose THREE winners from the comments to receive a SCD T-Shirt and sticker combo, so be sure to include your email address in the comment form so they can reach you. In order to win, you must also be a subscriber to Sports Car Digest Weekly, so sign up for their free newsletter if you haven’t already.

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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If you would like a print for your wall at home, office or race shop, I offer quality prints of the images you see here and others that were captured during this event. You can purchase them here: Photo Store

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

[source: The Donahue Group – Rodeo Drive Concours]

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The Greatest Race

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Every once in a while, you come across a special project that you immediately want to become part of. It could be the manner in which the person behind the project presents it. It could be the the idea behind the project and how it affects you. It could also be that the project has a noble cause attached to it that makes it something you want to be a part of. I found such a project last year when Dwight Knowlton’s Kickstarter project, “The Little Red Racing Car”, was being funded through Kickstarter. Dwight took one of the those wonderful scenarios of finding a treasured sports car in a barn and created a timeless father/son story.

With the success of his Kickstarter project for “The Little Red Racing Car” and the positive publicity and sales that it has generated since, Dwight was inspired to create other automotive story books. One is “The Little Silver Speedster” (currently on hold) and the current project he has on Kickstarter, “The Greatest Race“.

The Greatest Race is the story of Sir Stirling’s record setting 1955 win of Italy’s great race, the Mille Miglia.

From Kickstarter:

The epic adventure of Sir Stirling Moss’s record win of Italy’s great race, the 1955 Mille Miglia, in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR.
The Story:

The Greatest Race is an amazing story. A TRUE story. It’s the story of Sir Stirling Moss and his navigator Denis Jenkinson in Italy’s great race, the 1955 Mille Miglia. It’s the story of their record-shattering run in the new Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR – an innovative and purpose-built racing machine. It’s the story of Sir Stirling sliding the SLR around blind mountain curves. Blasting through small villages at over 100MPH. Jumping a bridge at more than 150 – and flying 150 feet through the air! Even overtaking a twin engine airplane filming the race… TWICE.

In this race, Sir Stirling set the records for:
Fastest Time
Highest Average Speed
Fastest Brescia to Pescara
Fastest Brescia to Rome
Fastest Cremona to Brescia (winning the Nuvolari Cup)

As well as:

Winning the Index of Performance (normally held by the smaller cars)
And becoming the only British driver ever to win the Mille Miglia

Sir Stirling Moss:

One of the most amazing parts of this story didn’t happen in 1955. It’s happening right now. Sir Stirling Moss is collaborating with me on the book. I am sharing my research, sketches, and drafts, asking questions and sorting out conflicting information. Sir Stirling and Lady Susie have been amazingly supportive of the effort, and the product will be so much better because of it.

Mercedes Benz:

Mercedes-Benz is also on board, having given their permission to represent the 300 SLR and the star logo where needed – as well as providing me with incredible documents and photographs from their archives. They have given be an amazing look behind the scenes of the 1955 Mille Miglia!

With the involvement of Mercedes Benz and Sir Sterling Moss, important information, archival materials and the first person accounts by Moss, will make this a truly special storybook   Dwight will write and illustrate The Greatest Race in a style similar to The Little Red Racing Car, with some exploration of outline and added texture.   You can read updates on his progress through his blog and on Facebook.  The Greatest Race is planned for release in October of 2014.

Lastly, As Kickstarter did not allow Dwight to donate several hundred books to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, as he was allowed for his first project, he is doing following for this project:

Plan B.

I, Dwight Knowlton, hereby pledge that if this campaign successfully funds,
I will personally deliver 250 books to the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

And, should the campaign hit the second milestone of $50,000,
I will deliver 750 books to the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The campaign reached the half way point of it’s pledged amount of $25,000 goal, just 2 days into the project! With 162 backers and $16,803 pledged as of this post being written, The Greatest Race is sure to be funded!

I am glad to once again, be part of Dwight’s storybook fundraisers.  Here’s to The Greatest Race reaching the $50,000 milestone!  To be a part of this Kickstarter fundraiser, click HERE.

Carpe Viam!

Vic

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

You Tube: Lancia D24

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.

Cars & Coffee – Saturday 04/20/2012


Jaguar Lightweight E-Type. (image © 2012 Victor Varela)

My nephew, Andrew and I, arrived a bit earlier than usual this morning, hoping to catch a few more cars arriving to the day’s Cars & Coffee event in Irvine. We found a huge crowd and countless cars at today’s gathering that we were almost lost on what we should capture first.  It wasn’t long before my attention was captured by a stunning British Racing Green Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.  I spent a fair amount of time gawking at it’s beautiful shape and absorbing all the detail of this classic race car.  It is cars like this one that compels me to make the weekly drive down to the OC.

After I pulled myself away from the gorgeous green cat, I proceeded to walk the parking lot until another race car caught my attention.  This time it was a Rosso Corsa Formula One Ferrari F-2001.  The F1 car was surrounded by onlookers and photographers trying to get a look and a picture of this Italian racer without someone’s head, arm or camera.  I was able to get a couple of images of the Ferrari – some of which I share in my Flickr set.

We stayed longer than usual as there were just too many cars to look at and photograph.  I ended my morning visit with some last shots of the F1 Ferrari as it was being loaded into it’s transporter.

It was great to see all the cars that turned up this week.  The F1 Ferrari was cool to see at Cars & Coffee, but the Jaguar was the star of this weeks gathering.

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.