Skippable geekdom note: All of the "walking around" shots were taken with an Olympus 14-54 Four Thirds lens adapted to work on a Micro Four Thirds camera (E-M1). All of the tracking shots (like the one right below, and more to come later this week), were taken with a 1980-something Canon FD 100-300 manual focus zoom lens about as long as your forearm, adapted to the same camera. This was my first time giving that thing a try, so, there's a learning curve involved.
|Here's the Lotus Europa from previous years' races. Very low and very flat, and makes a fantastic noise.|
|Group B cars on the starting grid, about to do practice laps.|
|This was the first Hillman Imp I've ever seen. It was manufactured to compete in the marketplace with the Mini Cooper. A notable difference between the two is the fact that the Imp is rear-engined.|
|Here, you can see what has to be done to the body to fit massive rears like that. Out goes the back seat, then the body is cut and modified with two huge cylindrical wheel wells. A car that has been so blessed is said to have been "tubbed".|
|This March has been fanatically restored and maintained. Every season, he disassembles the car completely, down to every screw.|
|Those blue hose fittings way at the back connect to an oil cooler mounted under the rear wing. Lots of airflow back there.|