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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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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Car Crazy: 2012 Amelia Island Concours – Part 3: Panorama

Here’s the last of the photos from our shoots at the Concours – this time in our ultra-high resolution panoramas!  Feel free to view or download the HD photos using the slideshow below.

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Car Crazy: 2012 Amelia Island Concours – Part 2

Yesterday, we finished up our coverage of the 17th Annual Concours D’Elegance on behalf of the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  Sunday is the big day at the Concours – all those in the show (and there were a whole lot this year!) bring their cars out onto the 10th and 18th holes for everyone to see.  From turn of the century motorized wagons and early 20th century custom coaches, to concept Corvettes and one of the largest gatherings of Ferrari 250 GTO’s in recent history – this year’s Concours really had it all!

Pictured above is Mauro Forghieri, the head designer responsible for the stunning lines of the 250 GTO’s bodywork.  He was one of the judges for the event, and it was amazing standing nearby as he shared little details and stories about each of these cars.

Also on hand for the show was a collection of notable Road & Track cover cars including (above) this beautifully preserved Astro II Covette Concept from 1968.  But, this is the Concours, so why stop at one concept?  Also on hand was the 1990 Corvette CERV III concept.  A Corvette nut at an early age, I still remember drooling all over myself when I first saw photos of this car.

Another of the noteworthy cars from the event were the various Shelby Cobras.  The one pictured above – a 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe – is one of just six ever made. Below are all my favorite photos from Sunday.  Enjoy!

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