Sneak Peek – 2014 Rolex 24 gets Underway

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As I type, the Rolex 24 is entering it’s 9th hour of competition.  Earlier this afternoon, I had the privileged of shooting the start of the race for our friends at Top Gear before having to head back to Jacksonville for a corporate shoot. The plan is to leave the house tomorrow at 4:00 to get back down to Daytona for the remainder of the race – including some night and dawn photography opportunities.  Being as I am looking at 4 hours of sleep, I thought I would limit this blog post to one photo for the night.  Hope it wets your whistle until I can get a proper post up!

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The Daytona 500 As You Have Never Seen it Before

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Yesterday, we had the pleasure of once again going down to Daytona for the annual running of the Daytona 500.  One of the first things you notice is that you’re surrounded by people with cameras – from fellow professionals, to the masses of spectators with their own SLRs, point and shoots, and cell phones.  And so, the challenge becomes, how do you capture unique photos when everyone is photographing the same thing?  Sure getting those split second shots of a wreck and the significant moments of the race, like Danica Patrick becoming the first woman to take pole in any NASCAR race, and also becoming the first woman to lead a lap (below) are important.  Those are all good, noteworthy photos that tell the story of the race, but with thousands or event staff and hundreds of thousands in attendance, there are lots of other stories as well.

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The big headline of the race was certainly Danica’s pole position and a genuinely top-shelf performance throughout the race.  Other notable subjects included the issues with Toyota’s powerplant and of course, the injured spectators from the Nationwide race were still weighing heavily on the drivers.  Thankfully there was no incident with a Jet Dryer as with last year (see our coverage of the dramatic explosion here), but there was still plenty of news to go around!

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But now, onto some of the micro-stories of the event. For example, despite the previous day’s graphic illustration of why standing up against the fence is a bad idea, the annual battle between spectators and the fence guards went on as if nothing had happened.  One such incident that kept replaying time and again, almost every lap, was the site of countless hats being blown off of race fans’ heads as they walked as close to the fence as possible with the cars speeding by at over 200MPH (you can see the photo of one close save in the slideshow below).   Another piece or the race day experience that rarely goes noted is the work of all the folks behind the scenes.  One person that especially caught my eye was the technician who ran the half mile long camera dolly suspended 100 feet above the track (above).  Several times during the race, I noticed him in an insanely tall cherry picker, fiddling with the rig, making sure it would be ready for the next pass.

To quote our friends at Top Gear, “and on that bombshell”, enjoy the photos!

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Feeling Thoroughly Alive at the Wheel of a Jaguar!

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This past Saturday, we had the opportunity to enjoy some very fine vehicles thanks to the Jaguar Alive Driving Experience.  The event consisted of about 3 hours worth of fun, from brief but informative videos and speakers, to lots of driving ranging from graceful real world driving, to some adrenaline-pumping autocross (above) and drag strip racing in several of their 500+ HP beasts.  Hosted just outside of Orlando, the two and a half hour drive from Jacksonville was most certainly and unequivocally worth it!

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Our slot was 10:30, so we arrived a bit early, to the site of one of the 550HP XKR-S supercars taking off down the drag strip, belching an other-worldly exhaust note that instantly put a smile on my face.   From there, we entered the event space, went through a brief registration and were escorted into the venue to peruse some of the displays while waiting our turn out on the pavement.  Included in the showroom was the brand new F-Type (below) – the first roadster Jaguar has produced in almost 40 years – and let me tell you, by the looks of it, the car is well worth the wait.

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And now for the fun stuff – After our brief introduction to Jaguar, we went out and saw what these things could do.  First was the everyday road demonstration – we were in an XJL – a gigantic specimen of an executive car, but with 510 HP, it was surprisingly agile and scary fast.  From there we tried out the all weather course which featured simulated ice, soft sand, and Jaguar’s all new all wheel drive system.  We also tried out an XJ, XKR Convertible and XF on their refinement course, and then moved on to the really fun stuff – a 0-60+ MPH (I hit 78) run in the XKR-S, and finally a three lap timed autocross competition on their tight and technical course in an XFR.

When all was said and done, we each drove 7 cars totaling in excess of $750,000 and best of all we didn’t crash a one!  Enjoy the photos!

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