Vintage Glory – The 2019 Classic 24

2019 HSR Classic 24 by IMSA - Daytona - Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Belching Fire

The Weather Outside was Frightful, but the Rumble of Vintage Racers as they Roared Around Daytona at the Classic 24 was oh, so Delightful!

When one thinks of Florida, images of welcoming beaches and gently swaying palm trees, all under a warm tropical sun come to mind. Yeah, well, that wasn’t quite the picture at this year’s HSR Classic 24 at Daytona. Imagine, instead, if you will, one of those damp and dreary autumn New England days – the sort of weather that chills you right to the bone and causes you to wonder if the sun still exists – and that’s what we had pretty much all week down in Daytona. But despite the downright combative weather, this year’s Classic 24 was the best one yet, with a giant uptick in entrants, a busier than usual infield complete with campers and the addition of the eclectic and nostalgic VW bus Bulli Brigade. Add to that hours and hours of great vintage racing and more than your fair share of flame-spitting vintage racers, and its no wonder we all turned out despite the weather.

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November 2019 Cars and Coffee

Our Mega Gallery from Jacksonville Car Culture’s November Cars and Coffee at the Avenues Mall

November 2019 Cars and Coffee - Hagerty Reserved Spots

With the smell of Pumpkin Spice in the air and greater-than-average amount of folks in their full arctic wardrobe strolling the eclectic rows of cars on display at this month’s Cars and Coffee, there’s no denying fall has finally come to Jacksonville. With the wonderful weather came the usual panoply of cars, trucks and motorcycles numbering somewhere between 600 and 800 despite a slew of other quality car shows happening on Saturday. If you enjoy the sampling of photos you see here, be sure to hop over to our full Cars and Coffee Gallery with several hundred images from the event – did we capture your car?

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2019 Motul Petit Le Mans

A Perfect Ending to IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Season at Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans

IMSA Road Atlanta - Motul Petit Le Mans - Ferrari in turn 5

The first thing that struck me as I arrived at Road Atlanta just after sunset on Thursday was the massive sweeping downhill Turn 11 and the shooting star-like bursts of headlights that explode over the top of the hill and rocket down toward the start/finish line. Unlike the decidedly flat road course at Daytona, where the IMSA season begins each year, the season-finale Petit Le Mans is a hilly circuit with more ups and downs than an angry ocean ahead of a hurricane. Shaped like a pork chop, this technical 2.54 mile track provides the perfect canvas for exciting racing from start to finish.

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October 2019 Jacksonville Cars and Coffee @ TIAA Bank Field

Our Mega Gallery from Jacksonville Car Culture’s October Cars and Coffee

It’s that time of the year again – when Jacksonville Cars and Coffee takes its annual field trip to TIAA Bank Field to partner with the Jaguars for one epic car show. This year was no exception, with record crowds and participants – and over 800 cars on display. For the first time, we also experimented with a step-and-repeat style portrait for those who purchased reserved parking (find your photo at our full October Cars and Coffee Gallery). Also new for October, after some helpful feedback from you, we’ve dramatically cut our digital download prices for current and past Cars and Coffee events.

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A Crazy Day with Big Bird

Photographing the Track-ready, Street-savvy BGB Motorsports Porsche 911 GTS for Panorama

BGB Motorsports 'Big Bird' 911 GTS Track-ready sleeper - magazine

When we got a call from the good folks at Panorama to photograph a Porsche 991.2 GTS at Daytona International Speedway, it would be fair to say I was more than a little excited. When I learned I would have the car for the morning to drive around the infield and photograph, it was even better! And when I found out that our photos of the aptly nicknamed ‘Big Bird’ would be featured in the 750th edition of Panorama, I was ecstatic! Here’s just a few of our favorite images from this epic shoot. Be sure to check out the full article on page 90 of the September issue of Panorama.

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