Sunday, August 20, 2017

Some Cars

I spent the weekend before the San Francisco Pen Show down at Monterey car week, an extravaganza of car related stuff that draws visitors from around the country and around the world.

As many of you know I have an active interest in cars and in BMWs, specifically. So on Friday I attended the Legends of the Autobahn, a static car show and judging that features Audi, BMW, and Mercedes cars. And my 1M was part of the non-judged display, the only one of that model there as far as I could tell.

On Saturday, the main event was the historic car races, and I brought my camera. Shooting cars at speed can be a challenge, especially if you do not use automatic settings. I took more than three hundred images to get these. (Worse odds than monkeys with typewriters, I daresay!)

I wish I could identify the cars below for you, but in addition to not being a race photographer (or driver) I am not enough of an historian to be able to do that, for the most part.

From Friday's LOTA a pre World War II BMW 328

An amusing kit car built on a Z3 chassis. Maybe a new body for the M roadster someday?

the first class, pre-1926 cars, began in the fog



This was probably my best shot of the day, shot at f16 at 1/80. I do wish I had gotten the Testarossa in focus and blurred the BoCar


These I can identify, an Alpina 2002ti,  the legendary #25 3.0CSL, driven by the head of BMWNA. Ludwig Willisch, the M1, driven,by Tom Pluscinsky.


If I could have one car from the day's racing, this would be it, a mercedes 300SLR gullwing



A legendary Ford GT40







The BMW corral, a great place from which to comfortably view the race. Were I a real photographer (one with good knees) I would have been all over the course. I did little of that.

A familiar face in the crowd, the 1M. (It is so named as to not be confused with the M1-see above).

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