I was heartbroken to leave Petit Le Mans early – it was more than just the final race of the season: it was the last ALMS race ever, and BMW was holding strong. It felt as though I was witnessing a spectacle I’d get the chance to remember and reflect on later, when, twenty years from now, we discuss ALMS in the same light we discuss ’80s IMSA racing today. However, the disappointment was overshadowed by the excitement for the intensity that lie ahead.
As our plane touched down on the tarmac, it quickly became apparent that Atlanta’s weather was a far cry from the sun that we had left behind in Southern California. The dark skies cast a shadow over our arrival while Mike and I wondered what Mother Nature had in store for us. Our itineraries indicated a 30% chance of rain that we paid little attention to when we packed for the weekend.
On the 4th of November, 1950, thirty cars gathered on the practice tee and driving range of the Beach Club, a range that sat adjacent to the now-famous Lodge of Pebble Beach in Monterey, California. These thirty cars and their meticulous owners were, unbeknownst to them, embarking upon a tradition that would carry forth more than half a century to become what is widely considered the most prestigious automotive display in the world.
As the 2013 Formula Drift season came to its final event, GSR Autosports driver Michael Essa sat with a sizable points lead. It was abundantly clear that the cards were in his favor – only two other drivers stood a reasonable chance to take home the overall win: Chris Forsberg and Fredric Aasbo, and it was still a long shot for both. Third place, however, was still up for grabs, and the Nitto team still stood a chance to take home a trophy.
Photography by Kielan Prince
It was nearly four months ago when Kielan Prince approached Eric about shooting his M3 – a standard affair. Pick a time and place, get together, and shoot some photos. After an hour, maybe two, Kielan would presumably wrap things up and head home to begin his editing process, and before we know it, the rest of the world is able to enjoy some beautiful photography of a beautiful car.