Historic Season Kicks Off

We’re going for a bit of a time warp here, because although we’re now in the month of August, I’d like to briefly take you back to the beginning of summer with the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Sonoma Raceway, hosted by SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association).

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

I don’t think this late coverage is a big deal because, well, the cars are already old. Vintage racing isn’t about winning, losing, or the new hotness–it’s about classic elegance.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

And by classics, I mean really classic. It’s so awesome to see pre-war cars battling it out.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

I could have brought my big telephoto and monopod, but on this day I didn’t feel like carrying around anything more than my little 50mm. That gave me the opportunity and motivation to experiment; I shot this 908 with a 1/10 second shutter.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s pretty exhausting on your back and legs to carry around four pounds of glass, plastic, and carbon fiber when you’re walking a few miles and constantly kneeling and standing. Or maybe I’m just weak!

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

Well, whatever. It’s nice to walk around, light and free, unencumbered by the weight of extra gear.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

Nice little pair in this classic Penske livery.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

I always say, anything with “Special” in the name is automatically badass. And anything with eight velocity stacks and eight header runners sticking up through the hood is probably badass too!

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

This is a Porsche 910, which I love. In my imagination the 906 is the most appealing, because it was the last road-legal Porsche race car. But the 910 was a shorter and lighter evolution of the 906, and they’re even rarer (29 910’s made, as opposed to 50 906’s).

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

What an amazing cockpit. So simple and to the point.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

Is it just me or do you not see many Chevelles at these events? The ’64-72 models are some of my favorite cars ever, and the ’73 is pretty neat too (Drive status). I wonder if Chevy has any plans to revive the Chevelle nameplate?

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

This is a 1916 Sturtevant, which is insanely rare. I’m having a hard time finding any scraps of info about this car or the company on Google.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

Check out that engine! Pretty crazy how valve springs used to be totally exposed.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

This particular Challenger is one of my favorite cars of all time, and I always make sure to grab a snap of it when I see it.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

The Can-Am group is so badass; the sound of those big-blocks is hypnotic. Some of my friends say they’re too loud, but I love it.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

I don’t think you really choose a vintage racer to win races, but I’m sure it’s fun to have other similar cars to compete against.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

Another one of my favorite race cars, the Gozzy Kremer Racing K3/80. This car started 3rd at the 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans, but unfortunately didn’t finish. I can’t put my finger on it but I just love that livery.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2016

Well, that was a pretty quick post because I have a lot more historic coverage coming soon from Laguna Seca. Or at least that’s what I told myself when I wrote this post! Keep your eye on this space.

One Day

It was a warm Friday afternoon (yesterday, in fact) and I was circling around a Sapphire Black McLaren 650S with a camera in my hands when my phone rang. It was my buddy Andrejs, who recently decided he wanted to start riding motorcycles, so he got his license and picked up the perfect beginner’s bike (yeah right): a Ducati Monster 696.

bruised rider

I wanted to answer the phone with, “So did you crash or what?” But in the interest of good taste, I refrained. Maybe I should have said that, because his first words were, “I just had my first motorcycle crash.” He had low-sided it at about 15mph attempting to negotiate a very tight hairpin on my favorite twisty road. That’s like tackling a black diamond ski slope after you’ve managed a couple successful passes down the bunny slope. Oh well, I think he learned his lesson.

it's called Blue

Then I went back to shooting McLarens. This color is called “Blue” and it’s a standard color; if you want a color with a fancy name (Aurora Blue, Burton Blue, Fistral Blue, Mauvine Blue, etc) it’ll cost you several thousand dollars extra.

falafel silhouette

My beloved FR-S is gone and in its place I’ve been daily-driving an EV. That means the Boxster is my only salvation, and I only really get to drive it on the weekend. Last night I was just itching to get out, so I cruised toward downtown San Jose.

anybody home?

On my way back I stopped at Falafel’s Drive-In to test the D750’s high ISO performance in a quiet, relatively safe area. I was surprised to see that the staff was still inside hanging out, even though the store had been closed for hours. Other than them, I didn’t see a single person walking by, even though we were right on a main street.

two-face

Just minutes before, I had been cruising downtown San Jose where it had the usual Friday night vibe (hard to describe but if you live here, you know). On two occasions I found a spot to put my foot down; once between two towering edifices, and once under a huge overpass. As if the glorious Porsche flat-six sound wasn’t enough to put a smile on my face, I heard people on the street cheering both times! I can definitely appreciate electric vehicles (as I shall definitively reveal in a future post), but there will always be something magical about a proper machine that rolls and explodes.

the perfect spot

Best parking spot ever. The perfect lunch for me involves sitting outside in the shade with a good friend, looking at my car. Isn’t she beautiful?

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