I’m a sucker for Gulf Liveries, in case you couldn’t tell.

I don’t exactly know what it is about Gulf Liveries that makes me like them so much. Maybe it’s the variations of the baby blue and orange scheme across the different race cars that’s had them? Maybe it’s because the there hasn’t really ever been an ugly version of the Gulf Livery? Whether its the famous stripes that adorned the Ford GT40 Mk1 in 1966, the stripes on the Gulf-Porsche 917, or the orange on baby-blue arrows on a Porsche 911 I recently saw, just seeing this paint scheme makes me giddy!

See the car in question at the The 14th Annual Orinda Car Show photo gallery!

-W


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Monterey Car Week has officially begun!

Monterey Car Week has officially begun (technically it was Friday, but I didn’t get a chance to go down to Laguna Seca until yesterday)!

Friday marked the start of The Rolex Monterey Pre-Reunion, a historic track weekend for the cars that will be racing during the Reunion. This weekend is a great chance to get up close to some of the classic race cars before they turn a wheel in anger next weekend. Even though the Pre-Reunion is a bit smaller than the main event, there is still an esoteric collection of cars present in the paddock. Shadow Cars is back in force, the Steve Millen 300ZX Twin Turbo was being prepared, and there was even a Mini Marcos! If you get a taste of what this weekend holds, check out my new gallery of photos from my hike around the paddock

Head down to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend; admission at the gate is only $30 this weekend!

-W


Monterey Car Week is just around the corner!

It’s that wonderful time of year again!

Monterey Car Week officially starts this week on Friday, as the Pre-Reunion at Laguna Seca starts up for the drivers who need some practice before the big weekend! There’s a HUGE amount of events coming up over the week too. The Mecum Auctions in Monterey, The Concorso Italiano, Exotics on Cannery Row, and Pebble Beach are all happening next week, and I have no idea how I’m going to go to them all! Of course, I’ll be going to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion; I haven’t missed one since I came to the Bay Area!

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The year’s poster for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, featuring the famous race cars of the Nissan brand.

This year, we’ll all be celebrating the racing history of Nissan (or Datsun depending on how old the cars are!), and some of the cars from the various racing periods the Japanese car maker participated. The Nissan ZX-Turbo GTP car will be at the track again as one of the showcase cars, as well as the ex-Paul Newman Datsun 280ZX Turbo and the legendary Nissan 300ZX Turbo driven by Steve Millen. And of course, who can forget the Brock Racing Engineering Datsun 510? Pete Brock will also be present at the Reunion, so I’ll see if I can get a photo!

Stay tuned!

-W

SUPER-MASSIVE UPDATE

These last couple of months have been super busy since the last time I wrote about what I’ve been up to, so here’s a CliffsNotes® version of recent events!:

Events:

In other news:

  • Blackhawk is officially over: Last month the former show-runner for Blackhawk Cars and Coffee Tim McGrane left the Blackhawk Museum and joined the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula as their new CEO. Without him running things, and with the problems they were having since last year, the Blackhawk Museum decided it was the curtain call for the now-legendary gathering. It was such a shame too; where else could you see pre-war sports cars mixing it up with a stanced Subaru BRZ?
  • Canepa may be following Blackhawk: There are rumors abound that Canepa might be ending its bi-monthly Cars and Coffee event simply because it’s gotten too big for its venue. While that makes sense, I hope they decide to find another place to host it instead of outright closing the gathering down. However, now there are other options…
  • Monterey Cars and Coffee has become The Laguna Seca Cars and Coffee: with Blackhawk canceled and Canepa one foot in the grave, this new gathering is poised to become the biggest thing since Betty White! And with the newly-minted SCRAMP CEO Tim McGrane calling the shots, its poised to get even bigger. The last show I went to even broke 400 cars; and this was during a track day!
  • I have officially ascended: I am now the proud owner of a 2003 Mazda Miata Shinsen Version. And it has a stick! Now I can actually participate in shows! Still need to fix it up though…
  • New Job: I got a new job, so now I’ll be able to post more often instead of getting home at odd hours of the night and not having the energy. This is great, because I’ll need the energy for the next Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI!

Stay Tuned!

-W

Hi there! It’s been a while….

…and I’ve been really, really busy!

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been attending and event or two almost every weekend! Imagine how many photos I have to sort through! Aside from that, I’ve been making a few changes too. Here’s a short list of updates for you!:

  1. I started becoming much more active on Instagram since it’s pretty easy to use and update. In addition to being able to share my photos from my Flickr account directly into Instagram, I could also use my phone to snap pictures and share them whenever I feel like it. Especially since I have a decent camera and access to photo editing software on my phone!
  2. I’ve just updated the Events Calendar with some of this year’s gatherings. It used to be much easier to just follow events from my personal Facebook page and then export everything to an .ical file,  but now I have to copy events from the Facebook events feed manually into the Corkscrew’d Calendar in order for the site’s calendar to update. At least now I’ll be a little more active on the Event’s Calendar!
  3. I’ve reapplied with the Western Automotive Journalists as an associate member! I did this last year in order to get press access to the Spring Classic at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. I’m hoping that I’ll get press access again for a lot more events this year!

Also, I’ve been adding more projects in the portfolio since I last made a blog post:

  1. In February I attended the February 18th Orinda Cars and Coffee and shot some awesome pictures using one of the vintage lenses in my arsenal. I should probably see about getting that stuck aperture fixed at some point!
  2. On March 4th I attended the Season Premiere of Blackhawk Cars and Coffee and was blown away by the sheer number of people attending! I had a blast taking pictures of some of the most unique cars I have ever seen!
  3. On March 10th, I high-tailed it down to Laguna Seca to check out the Monterey Cars and Coffee happening right on the lake bed! It was something to be walking around and taking pictures of some cool machines while a practice session was happening at the same time! I’ll definitely be going back!
  4. This past Wednesday I attended the 26th Annual WAJ Media Days and even got my photos published! On top of that, I got several chances to ride in a car around the track! It was literally my first time out on the racetrack, so it is definitely something I’m not going to forget! Especially considering that my first time out, I was riding in a Mercedes-Benz AMG GT-R!

That’s about it for now. I’m planning on having a much busier season this year, so stay tuned for more of my adventures!

-W

Busy Weeks, Busier Weekends!

These last couple of weeks have been absolutely hectic!

I’ve started a new job, traveled to a few new places, and I’ve even made some progress on a side project I’ve been working on! But, I’m still dedicated to capturing automotive culture in the Bay Area, which is why I’m happy to announce two new photo collections!

Recently, The Blackhawk Museum hosted it’s Cars and Coffee Season Finale in Danville. This show was to be a very last show of it’s kind, with the Museum starting a new format next year in the hopes that the show can be saved. The new format will include paid entrance fees, and a strong push to sign on new members for the Museum, with many different perks being offered.

Last weekend also ended up being a pleasant adventure, as the Mini Owners Club of America and The Blackhawk Museum sponsored the All British Motor Show, a smaller car show featuring beautiful examples of British Motor Cars. It also ended up being the very first time I had ever seen a Marcos in person, let alone three at once!

Enjoy!

-W


 

Photos added from the September 3rd Blackhawk Cars and Coffee…and some bad news.

On Sunday September 3rd, I did a quick trip to check out the monthly Blackhawk Cars and Coffee meet in Danville CA. It was a lot of fun, despite me arriving late to the event!

You can check out the photos by clicking the link to the gallery at the bottom of this post!

And now for the bad news:

Rumors are spreading about the City of Danville no longer wanting the Blackhawk Museum to host the monthly Cars and Coffee event. Although speculation is all over the place regarding the exact reasons why, it is widely believed that the reason for this is because of safety concerns from the local police department regarding exhibitionists bombing through residential neighborhoods at excessive speeds and creating unacceptable noise pollution.

After asking around a bit, I managed to find out a little bit more about the situation: In addition to the Police Department’s concern, the Danville City Council is also citing concerns regarding lost revenue for Blackhawk Plaza when the event is in full swing and regular customers cannot find parking. Pressure from both the City Council and the City’s Police Department could mean that, unless a resolution could be reached (such as mandatory noise restrictions, stronger police presence, and even relocating the event behind the Plaza), Blackhawk Cars and Coffee’s days may be numbered.

Let’s hope that the City of Danville and the Blackhawk Museum could work something out. If not, it will be a sad day for enthusiasts not just in the Bay Area, but nationwide.

-W


 

Monterey Car Week Galleries Added!

Sorry for the long wait between posts; I was too busy editing and publishing photos!

Monterey Car week came, went, and provided some unbelievable opportunities for capturing the most valuable and incredible pieces of automotive history on camera! Thanks to a few friends as well, I was able to get closer to the action than ever before!

First, I was able to secure press access to the 2017 Mecum Monterey Auctions in Monterey California. For the first two days of the auction, I was in the middle of all the action as some very desirable cars and motorcycles crossed the auction block in front of me! Imagine being mere feet away from a beautiful 1957 MV Agusta while some very wealthy people bid on it!

After I finished at Mecum, I made my way toward the automotive event of the year: The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion! Thanks to a few friends and a lot of luck, I was able to not only camp out at the racetrack above Turns 10 and 11, but I was able to get a photo vest for shooting inside the racetrack! This was the first time I was able to get this close to the action at RMMR 2017, and as a result, I managed to capture some incredible shots of vintage race cars in their natural element! Imagine being close to a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa as it crested the Corkscrew, or having to cover your ears as a four-rotor Mazda RX-7 GTO screamed by!

Finally, because of happenstance I was able to get a small preview of the Concorso Italiano 2017. I more or less crashed the Concorso to get up-close and personal with some incredible vintage Italian machinery, including the Fiat-Abarth 750 Zagato, and the beautiful Lamborghini Miura!

This year’s Monterey Car Week was one I’ll never forget. Come check out the new galleries, and see what it was like being right in the thick of it!

-W


New Gallery Added + Getting Ready for Mecum and the Reunion!

IMG_0595-2Hello again!

This week is going to be another one for the history books, as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is getting ready for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion! This year’s Reunion will be special, as the racetrack will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary, and will feature the race cars that first raced at the track in 1957!

In addition, the Mecum Auctions will be in Monterey starting tomorrow at 1pm, until Sunday, Aug 20th. The Mecum Auctions provide another excellent chance to see some incredible machinery! This weekend will be so chock full of automotive events that it will be difficult for someone to split their time between them for fear of missing out on anything!

Lastly, I managed to once again attend the monthly Blackhawk Cars and Coffee on August 6th, and came face to face with not one, but two Ford GT40 Replicas! Blackhawk seems to be getting bigger and bigger every time I attend!

Come see the new gallery!

-W