Archive for November, 2013

Vegas and Jimmy Buffett what can I say!!!!!

It was my sister’s Birthday and I figured why not do a little brother sister bonding trip….. And Las Vegas, what a great backdrop for the show.

There were pool parties everywhere, middle aged parrot heads smoking cigars, just what you would expect.  Jimmy didn’t fail to deliver and sang all the classics.  A little older, one or two less encores, but nonetheless we got what we paid for.

After the show I could resist taking the X100 out on the strip for some street work.

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The Trophy Cup Sprint Car Race

A friend of mine has asked me several times over the years to go with him to The Trophy Cup Sprint Car Race in Tulare California.  This race is put on by his Uncle Dave and the Trophy Cup team for the last 20 years.  The race not only supports the local race community but also raises money for the Make a Wish Foundation.  The Pusateri family has raised nearly 1 millions dollars for the Make A Wish foundation.

 

This was the year to go check it out, so packed the camera in the Fiat and were off to the races.  Thursday was the non-winged event. Lots of crashes on that 1/3 mile oval track.  Seemed like they all crashed in the same place requiring a wielding crew to fix the fence each time, made for a long night of racing.  I was assured that the best was yet to come with the winged cars, and they were right!

I found it difficult to photograph the race from the stands and was admiring the photographers that have the infield passes, that’s where the racing images would be made.  We did have pit passes and I found plenty of action there, tuning, repairing, rebuilding, and cleaning.  Factory sponsored teams and the privateers all working side-by-side helping each other all for the love of the sport.  Trucks filled with tires, replacement engines, and toolboxes built on top of ATV’s an image rich environment for sure!

Bellow are a few images from the pits.  I’ll be back for the 21st annual  better prepared to make many more images both on and off the track.

 

http://www.trophycup.org/

http://sf.wish.org/

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