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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A Different Sort of Muscle: Jaguars Car Show Invades EverBank Field

Celebrating 4-Wheeled Athletes at the Jaguars Car Show

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So, as time allows, we’ve decided to do our part to highlight the amazing car scene here in Jacksonville, FL – such as the Jaguars Car Show from this past weekend.  Sure, Jacksonville is known for our connection to the Navy, being a hub for industries like logistics, banking and healthcare, and of course for having a bridge for each day of the week spanning the St Johns River – but the area is also known for a rather splendid, albeit diverse, car culture.  From the amazing automotive spectacle that is the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, to grass roots movements such as the popular Cars and Coffee meetups arranged by Automotive Addicts – Jacksonville is full of folks that have 10W30 with their cereal in the mornings and go to bed with the sounds of throbbing V8s dancing in their heads.  So, it was no surprise to see a great collection of cars at this weekend’s Jaguars Car Show.

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Ranging from late model sportscars and exotics, to a vintage Porsche and a race-spec Shelby Mustang – there was something for pretty much anyone – unless you hate cars – but that’s your own fault…  As is often the case, we had a busy Saturday, so our trip to the show was shorter than I would have liked, but it was a great time to catch up with old friends, make a few new ones – and see some great metal!

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Our First Visit to Jacksonville’s Cars and Coffee

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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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Our Drop-Top Chariot on the Roads Out West

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While out west, we had the pleasure of receiving a very special upgrade from the folks at Hertz – the perfect vehicle for our Autumn in the National Parks Adventure.  Over the course of ten days, we drove this 2015 Mustang V6 Convertible some 3,000 miles, from hot arid desert (above) to snowy mountain passes (bel0w), from 10,000 foot mountains to endless prairie, from densely populated cities to long stretches of lonely back roads – we even manged to become part of a buffalo herd in Yellowstone!  Needless to say, we got to know the car pretty well.

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So, what’s it like compared to other Mustang variants we’ve driven (we’ve now driven the V6, the Ecoboost inline 4, the V8 GT, and the Fisker-Galpin Rocket versions of the car)?  This year, we’ve logged some 4,000 miles in these cars and I have to say, we’ve been impressed across the whole spectrum.  Unlike the Ecoboost Mustang we shot in California, our V6 Mustang wasn’t a premium edition – meaning no heated or cooled seats, no big touch screen, no sporty toggle buttons, no leather…  But to be honest, apart from the odd occasion, it was rare that we missed those upgrades.  The V6 engine, the base offering for the Mustang, seemed to perform about on par with the turbocharged four cylinder EcoBoost engine, though I will say the V6 sounded quite a bit more throaty than it’s more expensive inline-4 brother.  But, while performance wasn’t notably different, fuel economy was – with the V6 eking out 28.6 MPG on our mostly 65MPH route.  The Ecoboost under similar conditions was returning closer to 34 MPG.  But, in the grand scheme of things, getting almost 20 MPG from a 300 HP sports car isn’t too shabby, even for today’s standards.

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All in all, the V6 was a pleasant surprise.  Even with the convertible, there was just enough room for one quite large checked suitcase, a carry-on suitcase, a camera bag, and all the fixins’.  And speaking of the convertible, it was a true joy to be able to have the top down as we explored the amazing natural wonders of the parks.  Of course, going from park to park at highway speeds, we kept the top up and found that the road noise, though elevated from the coupe, wasn’t overly loud or distracting.  So, you might ask, would I buy a Mustang?  You bet I would – we’re actually planning to down the road- but which one would I buy?  That’s a harder question – a harder question than I thought it would be…

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Our Drop-Top Chariot on the Roads Out West

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The Yellow Rocket – A Sunny California Week With Ford’s EcoBoost Mustang

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This past week, we had the pleasure of traveling out to California to shoot an event for one of our automotive clients – and with the blue skies and relatively mild, dry temperatures to boot, it was an awesome week!  Adding to the excitement, the fine folks at Avis offered me a free upgrade to the 2015 EcoBoost Mustang you see above – a perfect driving companion for the circuitous mountain roads I would find myself exploring over the coming week.  So, with a fun car in a great color, needless to say I found myself photographing the vehicle quite a bit, including experimenting with a few boom shots (above) and some time exposures (below).

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All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by the combination of performance and economy that this car offered – providing me with 33+ MPG on the highway and plenty of get-up-and-go.  Even with a healthy amount of fun with the throttle and lots of carving in the mountains, the car returned a rather astonishing 27.1 MPG average over about 800 miles of driving – which is good when you consider California hasn’t yet gotten the memo that gas prices in the rest of the country are nearly half of what you pay there. Also noticeably improved over previous versions of the Mustang was the rear independent suspension.  Gone are the days of the live axle, and with the improvement, the car tucks into even the sharpest corners with much improved confidence and precision, all-be-it with a little less drama.

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As with previous Mustangs, the interior was comfortable and intuitive – offering everything you need for an extended road trip.  Both technology and luxuries in this specific trim were turned up to 11, with Ford’s latest version of Sync displayed on a generously sized touch screen and a surprising list of features you wouldn’t expect to find on a pony car, including heated and vented seats.   So, given the choice between this and the GT, which would I pick you ask?  I’m afraid my desire for power does still outweigh my need for economy, but where the gap between the two was a mile wide prior to this experience, the combination of a lesser impact on my wallet (both purchase price and fuel consumption) as well as the surprising amount of fun the EcoBoost Mustang provides, brought the gap down, to say, maybe 100 yards.

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The Yellow Rocket – A Sunny California Week With Ford’s EcoBoost Mustang

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