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2017 Sebring Classic 12 Hour: Pistons and Props – in Photos

By  December 5, 2017

The familiar smell of race exhaust greeted me warmly as I entered the grounds of Sebring International Raceway this past Saturday. Old race cars screamed by at incredible speeds below Fangio Terrace and I had all day to shoot. The last race I’d attended this year was the Rolex 24 at Daytona, way back in January, so this seemed like a great opportunity to shoot at lower shutter speeds and steady my hands with the lens, get in rhythm with the race. I didn’t go for the whole weekend, but made the most out of Saturday, spending 11 hours wandering around the track, shooting nearly 2,500 shots, earning a couple of new foot blisters and ant bites, but witnessing and capturing some great new memories. Below are some of my favorite shots. Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I’ll be posting more shots there throughout the week.

Daytime Racing

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Drivers… start your engines!

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Lola T70 and Can-Am era McLaren

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S1 Lotus Elise and C2 Corvette

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Corvette Grand Sport taking off

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IMSA 911 Cup GT3 exiting under the Corvette bridge

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Classic Ford GT40

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This Porsche 935 K1 was hard to catch, both on camera and on the track.

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When was the last time you saw a Steak & Ale?

Meanwhile, in the Infield…

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This former Championship Porsche 993 GT2 Evo seemed to be doing circles in the infiled. I wasn’t sure if he was just showing off or if there was a function reason for this. Maybe warming up the tires?

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Classic Jeep CJ <3

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Bimmer turnout was quite high.

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One of those random times you run across a 356B and wish you had a spare $60k sitting around.

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“The non-M is rarer” as the joke goes…

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I saw this Ferrari Daytona GTC4 from far off and had to take a closer look.

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I found the planes on display just as the sun was going down.

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One of my favorite shots from the event was this North American T-28 Trojan. The sun was perfectly placed behind it, just in the right place at the right time.

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There was also an old Toyota World Sports Racer (partially based around the MR2) painted to match with the T-28s.

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Vultee BT-15 Valiant

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1942 Boein N2-S3 Stearman. The bi-plane was getting a polish as these two men talked.

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Detail of the side “Miller Sky Life” painting

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“Beech Belle” 1942 Beechcraft C-45H

Soon the sun began to set

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Ran back over to the track just in time to capture a few cars going through Sunset Bend.

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This was the night of the “super moon” so I tried to capture it rising over the race.

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Racing continued on into the night…

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Pop! Had to capture this afterfire behind the 993 GT2 Evo

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Much of the night was spent chasing the cars with my lens seeing just how slow I could go with the exposure time while keeping the cars in focus.

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The racing was mostly pretty loose, but occasionally a group would pass by together, fighting for position.

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There was even an old Volvo out there.

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When it was all said and done, as it often goes when I’m actually at a race, I wasn’t sure who the winners were, but I found a pretty good article with the results on racecar.com that I’m linking here, unless you’re interested. Really for me, it was more about seeing historical cars simply going fast, getting to see and hear them outside of a garage or a museum. That’s what it’s mostly about for me. Stay tuned on Instagram as I share more through out the week.

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