So rather than just letting our cameras drip over the cars as we did last year, our photographic safari team resolved to level up their photo skills and have a go at getting some shots of the cars on the track. This is tricky, as it requires a pretty long zoom lens, making it difficult to follow the car while keeping it in focus. Secondly, to get a really decent race photo, you want the background to have a little motion blur, which calls for a slow shutter speed, but that makes it harder to keep the car sharp. Some attempts worked and some didn't. I'll explain when we get there.
The Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association, or VSCDA or "Vinspocadras", as nobody calls it, separates cars into groups based on era and car type. I can't reliably make some of the finer the fine distinctions between the groups, but today is Group 1 day - Pre-War & Early Vintage. These are the cars that Monty Burns would have raced ("Beep beep! Out of my way! I'm a motorist!"), and are pretty distinct from all the other groups. I'd be grateful if any owners/drivers would correct any mistakes I make, via the comments section.
I hope your eyes are thirsty, because the vintage racing juice is loose!
|A pretty valuable Bugatti... as if there are any affordable ones.|
|A pretty successful picture of the Bugatti. Car is sharp and background is blurry. Could be better.|
|I immediately remembered this car from last year. But now it's more complete, with added sheet metal and stuff. Sure enough, it was here to race. I don't remember what make it is, but I think it's kind of a mixed breed.|
|A row of MGs. There may be something else in there too, but I can't be sure.|
|This is kind of a rich man's game, but not so much that they don't do their own work. The owner, driver, and mechanic are usually the same person, with a few exceptions. The guy in the red shirt is the owner of this car, seen above. Competition is super friendly and people tend to help each other out with mechanical issues.|