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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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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Corvette: In with the New, Memories of the Old

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There’s been some pretty exciting news on the Corvette front this week – namely the unveiling of the long-anticipated C7 Corvette, complete with the comapny’s first 7 speed manual gearbox!   As a tribute to this 60 year old car, I thought I would share our Corvette coverage from the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.  In 2012, Road & Track featured a selection of one-of-a-kind concept Corvettes, and the event included a Marque Car Road Tour featuring, among others, custom Corvettes.

One of my favorites from the event was the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Scaglietti Coupe (below) which looks a lot more like a Ferrari than a ‘vette.  One of only three, this Corvette has all the underpinnings of that reliable Chevrolet muscle, but the body was designed and manufactured by Sergio Scaglietti of Ferrari fame.  Enjoy!

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P.S.  Top Gear fans – come March, you may find some of Deremer Studios coverage of the 2013 Concours featured on TopGear.com.  We’ve confirmed with the folks at Top Gear that we’ll be sharing our photographic coverage with them for the 2013 Concours!  Pretty exciting stuff!

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Saturday Night at the Car Show


Now, I’ve been accused of being a bit of a car nut by more than one person.  As a result, I have always had a passion for automotive photography.  Several years ago, a few car guys that share my passion of all things auto began getting together on the first Saturday of every month at the Merrill Rd. Krystal’s to hang out, talk shop and most importantly, show off their cars.   Today, this has grown into quite the event, often with over 50 cars and lots of fans.  Here are a few photos from this Saturday’s show:

Note, all these photos are in 720P format, so they can easily be used for desktop wallpaper if you find one you fancy!  To download, simply click on the photo you like from the gallery below.  Right above the photo will be a link to the full resolution image.  Simply right click that link and save it to your photo folder.  With some internet browsers, you can even right click on the full resolution image and set it as your background right from there!

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