The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion has quickly become my favorite event of the year. The almost weekend-long event is surrounded by several others, culminating in nearly seven full days of classic automobiles and vintage motorsport bliss. 16 different classes are fielded at Laguna Seca, each one with its own special place in motorsport history.
Photos by Evano Gucciardo
The experience of buying a car is often the start of a very special relationship. These days, the “chase” often begins with an online for-sale ad. Pictures and an often less-than-realistic depiction of the car grab hold of us, leading us to pulling loose change from the couch cushions. It’s love at first sight, and after emails, phone calls, and text messages, the agonizingly long wait begins.
The 24 Hours of Daytona has long been regarded as one of the most challenging races in the world. Titled the Rolex 24 for the past 23 years, it stands as a leg in the Triple Crown of endurance racing, followed by the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Together, these races push cars, and teams to their absolute limits of durability and sanity. Andrew and I flew to Florida join in; to push ourselves to the limit in capturing our first-ever 24-hour race.
As photographers, Andrew and I discuss others’ work at great length. We enjoy the work of those who inspire us; who push us further as photographers. There are more than we can count, each of us with our own preferences towards style, color, composition, editing work, and others; however, there’s one name we both agree on each and every time. The work of Jonathan Szczupak leaves us with a burning drive to take a new look at the way we shoot.
On Monday morning, I pulled the trigger, and listed my Model A for sale on eBay. It wasn’t something I had expected to do so soon after completion – it hasn’t even been year. It was a long-term project that took a serious amount of effort, and it seemed like the hot rod would be around for some time. I had further ideas in my head about what to do next, what to change, and what to improve. But instead, she’s for sale, but I think it’s for a good reason.