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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.

GT40

Avon

These images of a Ford GT40 were captured at Cars & Coffee in Irvine, on September 05th, 2009.

Look

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44

44 Spyder

These images of a Porsche 550 Spyder were captured at Cars & Coffee in Irvine, on September 05th, 2009.

Pegasus

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Suite 44

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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.

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Remembering Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen as Lieutenant Frank Bullitt in the 1968 American crime action film – Bullitt. Image © respective owner.

34 years have passed since cancer took the life of Hollywood legend and icon, Steve McQueen. The quintessential cool, anti-hero, left us at the young age of 50 back in 1980, but his presence, style and energy continues to be felt now and for the foreseeable future.

Ferrari Celebrates 60 Years in the US… and I meet Piero Ferrari.

Race Through The Decades: 1954-2014. The 60th Anniversary of Ferrari in the USA

Race Through The Decades: 1954-2014. The 60th Anniversary of Ferrari in the USA

I almost missed this event, having been focused on several client’s websites in the last few weeks.  A chance mention in a Peterson Museum post on Facebook had me asking my wife if I could skip her birthday brunch that Sunday.  Since we had already celebrated with dinner a few days ago, she kindly let me off the hook to attend.

Having attended several car events on Rodeo Drive over the years, I arrived early to secure a parking space close to the event as they are at a premium if you get there later in the morning.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO - 4293 GT.  © 2014 Victor Varela

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO – 4293 GT. © 2014 Victor Varela

As I walked along Rodeo, the street was already busy with a crowd of enthusiast and visitors ogling the Italian steeds parked along the palm tree lined street.  I took several images in between the folks admiring and taking pictures as I headed south towards the corner of Wilshire and Rodeo.  The level of rarity and historic significance of the cars I photographed was astounding.  Le Mans, Mille Miglia and other race winners, custom one-offs and rare examples made this a truly unique automotive gathering in the history of the marquee.

I made my way to the press check-in and although securing a pass was not to difficult, the significance of having and using one here was more of a souvenir item as I witnessed several folks, including teens, obtaining one quite easily.  I gathered the information I needed from the PR person and continued to circulate and capture images as best I could as the crowds had grown exponentially.

Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari, arrives in a 250 GT SWB California. © 2014 Victor Varela

Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari, arrives in a 250 GT SWB California. © 2014 Victor Varela

I headed to the stage area before mid-day, to view and capture images of the F60 unveiling.  I was planning on meeting Luca di Montezemolo and maybe getting his autograph, but as he announced his “forced” retirement as President and Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. – effective the following day, it did not surprise me that he was absent from today’s event.

2013 Ferrari F138 Formula One race car. © 2014 Victor Varela

2013 Ferrari F138 Formula One race car. © 2014 Victor Varela

The Ferrari executives were all driven up to the staging area in Ferraris with the California namesake ranging from the 250 GT California to the new California T.  They included John Elkann, Chairman of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA and Chairman of Ferrari, Amedeo Felisa, CEO of Ferrari, and Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari.

Bruce Meyer, Sergio Marchionne, Piero Ferrari and John Elkann. along with other VIPs during the unveiling of the 2015 F60 America. © 2014 Victor Varela

With Bruce Meyer and TV personality, Mario Lopez, serving as MC’s, the F60 America was unveiled with applause and cheers from the crowd.  With the absence of Montezemolo from the celebration, I focused my attention on meeting and hopefully having Piero Ferrari autograph my press card.  As I waited at the foot of the stairs leading to the stage, I found my opportunity and asked him for his autograph.  We spoke briefly and shook hands before he retreated from the crowd that started to gather around him.  A momentous occasion for me as I have been a fan and admirer of the Scuderia, his father and Ferrari in general since the late 70’s.

Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. © 2014 Victor Varela

Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. © 2014 Victor Varela

I continued to capture images, still under the euphoria of meeting Piero Ferrari and left the event knowing I attended a truly unique automotive celebration.

A report with images have been submitted to Sports Car Digest and will hopefully be published before week’s end.

 

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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

 

UPDATE 10/16/2014:  My report and images of the Ferrari celebration, have been published online at Sports Car Digest:  Ferrari 60th Anniversary Gathering

 

My press pass, autographed by Piero Lardi Ferrari at the “Race Through The Decades”: 1954-2014. © 2014 Victor Varela

 

Vic

 

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Grand Prix

Grand Prix Movie Poster © Copyright 1966 MGM/Warner Bros.

Grand Prix Movie Poster © Copyright 1966 MGM/Warner Bros.

American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron (James Garner) is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford). While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife (Jessica Walter). American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron (James Garner) is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford). While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife (Jessica Walter). American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron (James Garner) is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford). While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife (Jessica Walter). John Frankenheimer directed this winner of three Academy Awards, crafting split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the hard-driving thrills. Nearly 30 top drivers took part in this ground-breaking 1966 film. Buckle up to race with the best!John Frankenheimer directed this winner of three Academy Awards, crafting split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the hard-driving thrills. Nearly 30 top drivers took part in this ground-breaking 1966 film. Buckle up to race with the best!John Frankenheimer directed this winner of three Academy Awards, crafting split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the hard-driving thrills. Nearly 30 top drivers took part in this ground-breaking 1966 film. Buckle up to race with the best!

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