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This image of a Ford Mustang GT 350 Cobra was captured at Cars & Coffee in Irvine, on September 05th, 2009.

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

[source: The Donahue Group – Rodeo Drive Concours]

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Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show – 2014

Steve McQueen's 1956 Jaguar XKSS - D-Type. (On display courtesy, The Peterson Museum) ©  2014 Victor Varela

Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS – D-Type. (On display courtesy, The Peterson Museum) © 2014 Victor Varela

The Friends of Steve McQueen held their “Thomas Crown Affair” themed car and motorcycle charity benefit on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Boys Republic in Chino Hills, California. The event is in it’s 7th year and is co-chaired by Chad McQueen and Ron Harris.  The event helps raise funds to support the Boys Republic and also pays tribute to the iconic actor and racing aficionado.

The day began with the typical “June Gloom”, which made the light very neutral, when I was hoping for some morning light to capture the cars being displayed.

1951 Vincent Black Shadow, owned by Mike Begley.  ©  2014 Victor Varela

1951 Vincent Black Shadow, owned by Mike Begley. © 2014 Victor Varela

The show didn’t disappoint as there was a great variety of cars and motorcycles being displayed.  As the theme was from McQueen’s movie, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, the original 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow two-door sedan and the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider were present and displayed.

This particular car shw is special for me as I have been a fan of McQueen’s, since I first saw the movie. “Le Mans” when I stayed up late one evening to watch it on the late, late, late show.  McQueen was one of a very few actors who could stand on his own in the racing world. Many have tried and failed, but Steve was the real deal and has the respect and admiration from both the film and racing world.

Kerry Morse's 1997 Porsche GT1 (chassis 101) ©  2014 Victor Varela

Kerry Morse’s 1997 Porsche GT1 (chassis 101) © 2014 Victor Varela

This year’s show featured many notable motorcycle and automotive entries, including a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow; a 1966 BMW R69S; a 1969 Norton Commando; a 1970 Porsche 911-6 GT; a 1997 Porsche GT1 (chassis 101); a 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT; the original “Mooneyes”, the “00″ 24T Ford Roadster – owned and operated by the Alcala family since 1953; along with several Ford Mustang “Bullitt” editions.

I ran into Urban Outlaw and Porschephile, Magnus Walker, who brought his custom 1972 Porsche 911 72STR as well as long time show supporter and artist, Nicolas Hunziker, creator of the official show paintings/ posters, displayed his 1968 Porsche 911T Sports Purposes as well.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider used in “The Thomas Crown Affair". ©  2014 Victor Varela

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider used in “The Thomas Crown Affair”. © 2014 Victor Varela

My favorite car from this event has to be McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS, D-Type.  In 1957, Jaguar offered the remaining unfinished D-Types as XKSS versions. Their extra road-going equipment – which including a second seat, trimmed interior, side windows, passenger-side door, full-width framed windscreen and windscreen wipers, folding bonnet and bumpers – made them eligible for production sports car races in America.   Jaguar had 25 of these cars in various stages of completion when a factory fire destroyed nine of them.

The 2014 Awards List.

All proceeds from the 2014 Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show, benefit the Boys Republic, 1907 Boys Republic Drive, Chino Hills, California. For more information, visit Friends of Steve McQueen.

Bonnet from Ben Maccabee's 1971 Jaguar E-Type.  ©  2014 Victor Varela

Bonnet from Ben Maccabee’s 1971 Jaguar E-Type. © 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:  The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show 2014.

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[source: Friends of Steve McQueen]

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The Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show

2014 Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show Poster by Nicolas Hunziker

2014 Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show Poster by Nicolas Hunziker

It’s been several years since I attended the Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show,.  The event has been held every year since 2008 at the Boy’s Republic, which is only a couple of miles away from my home.  I will be covering the event this year as a contributing writer/photographer for Sports Car Digest.

Along with SCD, I will be posting a brief write up here and several images – the majority being posted at my website, victorvarela.com and available for purchase.

Here’s more about the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show.

About the Show

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show is an automotive gathering held in early June to raise funds for Boys Republic, a private, non-profit, nonsectarian community for at-risk boys and girls ages 13-17. Established by members and friends of the (Porsche) 356 Club of Southern California, the event attracts automobile, motorcycle and off-road motorsports enthusiasts from throughout the U.S.  This year’s event is themed from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair.

 

June 07, 2014 – Boys Republic Campus, Chino Hills, CA

Every summer the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show brings thousands of spectators to the Boys Republic campus, where 16 year-old Steve McQueen spent time as a student in 1946. Since its start in 2008, the event has raised over $285,000 and has helped to attract corporate interest resulting in donations of skilled labor and building materials through the Lowe’s Heroes community improvement project valued at more than $100,000.00.

 

Participating Organizations

  • Porsche 356 Club of Southern California
  • 911 R Gruppe
  • Cars ‘n Coffee
  • Porsche Club of America, Grand Prix Region

Show Times:

  • 6:00 AM Gates open for display cars, sponsors & vendors only
  • 8:00 AM Gates open for general admission
  • 1:30 PM Awards ceremony
  • 3:00 PM Scheduled show end time

Admission / Costs

  • Spectator Parking: Free
  • Spectator Admission: $10.00
  • Children 12 and Under: Free
  • Car Show Contestant Entry: $50.00 – Includes entry for driver and one passenger (pre-registration deadline May 22th 2013)
  • Motorcycle Entry: $25.00 – Includes Cycle and Rider

[source: The Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show]

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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[Source: HMSA]

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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.