Damp and Dreary Excitement – The 2017 Rolex 24

Who Needs Forward Visibility When Driving 200MPH at the Rolex 24?

We had the pleasure of returning to the Rolex 24 again this year for the fine folks at Top Gear.  Despite some less than ideal (read downright unpleasant) weather for much of the race, spirits were high and the Rolex 24 was as action-packed as ever – and with record crowds to boot!  With the introduction of a new prototype series, including entrants from the likes of Cadillac, Mazda, and Nissan, anticipation was high as the crowd anxiously awaited the green flag.  Now endurance races are always a gruelling exercise for the teams, but add a hearty helping of cold, damp rain, and it is nothing short of a harrowing experience.  We’ve watched some in-car footage from about hour 10 of the Rolex 24, when the rain was coming down in buckets, and tell you what – those drivers are brave!  Coming down the front stretch at break-neck speeds, the driver couldn’t see the car in front of him at all, despite it only being an handful of feet away.  Even the onboard warning system was having trouble detecting the cars hidden behind their rooster tails.

However, earlier in the day, a few hours before the start of the Rolex 24, conditions couldn’t have been more different.  Part of the weekend festivities included what’s been called the 24 Minutes of Daytona – a showcase of historic endurance racers, put on by HSR.  The group brought along some amazing classic racers, including the Brumos Porsche Carrera RSR that won the 1973 24 Hours of Daytona, as well as the beautiful Shelby Daytona Coupe you see above.  All in all, the Rolex 24 was a feast for the senses and a joy to capture – even if I did get more than a little wet…

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Damp and Dreary Excitement – The 2017 Rolex 24

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The Avis Grand Circle Tour – 5,600 Miles in a BMW 328i

Exploring the Highways and Byways of America in a 2016 BMW 328i

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Beginning late last month, we had the pleasure of setting out on a 10-day, 5,600-mile road trip, photographing the BMW 328i for the fine folks at Avis.  Our epic trip began in Jacksonville,FL – setting off on a two and a half day, 2,500 mile sprint to Scottsdale, AZ.  We spent a few days in and around Scottsdale, photographing a corporate event for Avis, and then spent four days on a rather circuitous 3,000 mile route back to Jacksonville, hitting several national parks and scenic drives in our BMW 328i along the way.

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All in all, the trip was a wonderful adventure – the BMW 328i, as I have come to expect from Avis, was generously equipped with tech and comfort upgrades from the base BMW 328i.  Perhaps the best upgrade was the integrated navigation system that made navigating the cell-coverage-deficient western expanse a breeze.  The BMW 328i provided a great combination of lively performance, comfortable ergonomics, capable tech and frugal fuel economy.  The 240hp Turbocharged Inline 4 was surprisingly peppy – offering a largely lag-free experience, even under hard acceleration.   The posted 0-60 time is just 5.8 seconds – which in itself isn’t a spectacular number, but when combined with the 34.0 mpg combined mileage we recorded (including a generous amount of stop and go, vigorous mountain driving, and ample idling to take photos) it’s a pretty impressive mingling of performance and economy.  The on-board tech was also impressive, with a slew of BMW connected apps, metrics, diagnostic tools, and a powerful real-time GPS system.  As far as comfort goes, the upgraded leather sports seats provided a good balance of support and comfort – even during those long 6-hour, non-stop legs between fill-ups.

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The Avis Grand Circle Tour – 5,600 Miles in a BMW 328i

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Modern History: The 2016 Rolex 24 Mega Gallery

All Our Favorite Eye Candy From The 2016 Rolex 24

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For the third year in a row, we returned to the Rolex 24 to cover this storied race for Top Gear.  With brand new entrants from the likes of Ford and BMW, the addition of Lamborghini to the fray, and familiar forms from the likes of Corvette, Nissan and Aston Martin, there was plenty to keep this photographer more than entertained during the 24 hours of this grueling endurance race.  The proverbial man of the hour for this year’s running of the Rolex 24 was none other than the Ford GT (above), making its racing debut on the high banks of Daytona.  As you might expect with a brand new racing machine, the Ford GT suffered from mechanical gremlins that took both cars out of the race by early morning, despite a strong showing early in the race.  Another sad story this year for the folks with the Nissan DeltaWing – which was taken out in the early evening after colliding headlong into a stalled car- but at least this year it wasn’t engine failure.

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And then there was the finish!  After 24 hours and well over 2,000 miles, you expect cars to be spaced out by several laps when the checkers finally drop on the Rolex 24, but not this year.  The two GTLM Corvettes managed near identical runs, finishing side by side, a mere 0.03 seconds apart!  Talk about a photo finish!  Indeed, the 54th running of the Rolex 24 was an epic race – its no wonder the fan base keeps growing from year to year!

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I would be remiss to not speak of our first Rolex 24 infield camping experience.  It seems Friday night (or should I say Saturday morning) is party night in the turn 3 campgrounds.  Our tent-neighbors were especially adept in this endeavor, and it would seem they brought the speaker system out of a movie theater just to make sure their music was delivered at a guaranteed ear-bleed level.  This continued until about 4 in the morning with little reprise.  But, on the plus side, the bass from the evening’s “entertainment” enlivened my mattress, giving me a better massage than a premium lazy boy could deliver…  The second night was much better – though the volume of the cars, just 150 feet away, was just as intense, it seems I am hardwired to be lulled to sleep by the roar of 20,000 Horsepower circling around me.

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Modern History: The 2016 Rolex 24 Mega Gallery

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Racing Through History – The 2015 Classic 24 Hour at Daytona

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This past weekend, we had the wonderful pleasure of shooting the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona for Top Gear and Petrolicious.  We’re a big fan of endurance races here at Deremer Studios, and we love classic cars – so the combination of the two was near irresistible.  The field represented a wide range of storied classics from the Sixties, up to the present, with notable entries including a Ford GT40, A handful of Shelby Gt-350 Mustangs, Six – count them six – BMW CSLs, and a gaggle of Lola prototypes from the last 50 years.

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As one would expect with cars worth more than a city block, the racing wasn’t especially heated, yet the drivers weren’t afraid to push their cars to the stops and give us some healthy competition along the way – they even manged to go three wide more than a few times…  From flame-belching braking and those glowy discs everyone so loves, to the roar of engines pushed up against the red line as the competitors ran through the gears, it was certainly a feast for the senses.

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And then there was the night racing – wit the cars under minimum lighting – flying around the course at breakneck speeds.  One particular car, the #202 BMW CSL captivated my attention in the Horseshoe (above), with it’s proclivity to send out foot-long flames as it stepped down the gears on the approach.  All in all it was quite the event, and one I would heartily recommend to any enthusiast.

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Racing Through History – The 2015 Classic 24 Hour at Daytona

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A Rainy day with BMW Drive for Team USA

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If you happen to Live in Jacksonville, you know that last week proved rather wet – with thunderstorms sweeping through our area pretty much every day.  And while we needed the rain, it did make for tricky conditions for an impromptu shoot for our friends at BMW. The nation-wide BMW Drive for Team USA event stopped in Jacksonville this past week – the tour features a great lineup of BMW’s, together with comparable cars from the brand’s major competition – all available to test drive.  In addition, for every test drive, BMW is donating $5 to the US Olympic Team – not a bad deal!

All in all, the team putting on the event did a spectacular job adapting to the weather, and a fun time was had by all . As always, please feel free to download as many photos as you like – we have sized the photos to 1080P HD wallpaper, perfect for your desktop, laptop, tablet or TV – and if you enjoy our photos, please share this blog with your friends and help us get the word out!

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A Rainy day with BMW Drive for Team USA

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The 2015 Rolex 24 – The Speed, The Sounds, The Frostbite…

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This weekend we had the pleasure of photographing the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Raceway again for our friends at Top Gear (View and download images from our 2014 Rolex 24 coverage).  What was looking like less than ideal conditions in the days leading up to the race, turned out to be one of the nicest weekends we’ve had – at least during the daytime hours.  The field this year consisted of 53 cars from the likes of Ferrari, Ford, Dodge, BMW and a rather stunning Gulf-liveried Aston Martin (below).  Also in heritage colors this year was Brumo’s 911 RSR, sporting the iconic red and blue #58.

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This year also marked our introduction to camping at Daytona, complete with an impromptu vehicle scavenger hunt!  It seems a meddling camper believed he had a special right to our spot and thought the best way of claiming said spot would be to have our van towed…  But all’s well that ends well, and thanks to a helpful police officer, we found our van, unceremoniously dropped out to pasture not too far from the campsite.  The camping bit itself was enjoyable – filled with the smells of wood fires, burnt rubber and every meat known to man.  The nighttime low, on the other hand, offered up all that Florida humidity compressed and cooled to a bone-penetrating 39 degrees.   But with the morning, came the warmth of the sun and the ability to once again feel my extremities.   With another six hours of racing to go, it was still anyone’s race, but the Ganassi EcoBoost Ford would not be defeated, finishing the 24 hour race with 740 laps and 2,634 miles in the record books – and making Jamie McMurray one of only three drivers to have won both the Rolex 24 and the Daytona 500, joining fabled greats A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.

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The 2015 Rolex 24 – The Speed, The Sounds, The Frostbite

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Two Days of Speed – Photographing for BMW

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We recently had the grand pleasure of doing some work for the fine folks at BMW.  A few weeks ago, they hosted their Ultimate Driving Experience on the outskirts of Miami and invited us to spend two days photographing (and even participating) in their event.  I’ve always had an affinity towards BMW – and if you’ve followed our blog for some time, you’ve likely seen our coverage of the BMW Resort Driving Tours up in Amelia Island.

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The Ultimate Driving Experience is a bit different than what you will find at one of their resort tours – with an emphasis on performance and handling over luxury and tech – though both are still very much present.  The Miami event consisted of three autocross courses, two skid pads, and a variety of single-maneuver exercises.  BMW offered a wide range of complimentary experiences, including a 2 Series and 5 Series autocross, a city drive, and an extensive Teen Driving School (I’ll definitely be signing my kids up when they are of age).  In addition, during the week, BMW offered a full day car control clinic, which I had the pleasure of both photographing and participating in.  Somehow, I wound up with the fastest couple of times of the day – maxing out at 22.121 in the M3.  Still not sure how that happened…

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All in all, the event was a wonderful experience, and offered a great introduction to the brand’s commitment to excellence.   As always, please feel free to download as many photos as you like – we have sized the photos to 1080P HD wallpaper, perfect for your desktop, laptop, tablet or TV – and if you enjoy our photos, please share this blog with your friends and help us get the word out!

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