Saturday, January 13, 2018

Get Ready For The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

I'll be in Daytona in less than two weeks for the  IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar season opener! This year promises to be the best ever in IMSA racing with new cars and new stars racing.

From F-1 champ Fernando Alonso to Indy winners Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Indycar Champion Ryan Hunter- Reay to name only a few of the best drivers in the world, IMSA seems to be where it is at today. The best seats in the house are also available to ticket holders who will have the ability to roam this massive motorsports 'stadium'. No football stadium anywhere can match the thrill of truly 'nosebleed' seating like this with vistas including the entire track and the Atlantic ocean in the distance. Or how about waking up to the orange glow of a sunrise over Lake Loyd with engines screaming down Daytona's backstretch only yards away.

The 24 hour race at Daytona is like a religious experience for the hard core race fan who will be in heaven from Thursday to Sunday, January 25th - the 28th. If you can't be there you can see my photos soon after I return from the event. I should have the images uploaded to this blog by January 31st.

So to give you a taste, here's a short pre race video and some of my pics from last year.  Sit back and enjoy!

Click here to preview the Daytona Rolex 24 Hour IMSA/ WeatherTech race.



Sights From Last Year:

                                                                 Daytona At Night


And By The Infield Lake



And The Iconic View From The Start/ Finish Line


Friday Night Fireworks


The Taylor Brothers- Ricky & Jordan- On Opposing Teams This Year


Yes- That's NASCAR Champ Jeff Gordon Who Co-Drove With Ricky & Jordan Taylor Last Year


Cadillac Racing- Taylor Brothers Ride Last Year


Works Porsche


Mercedes AMG



Lexus Was A New Entry Last Year


One FAST BMW


Classic Battle Corvette VS Porsche


Tequilla Patron Driver Chamge


The New Ford GT Last Year


Pit Work By The Porsche Team


Always A Beautiful Sight- Ferrari!



And Last Year's Winning Porsche 

Look for this year's pictures soon!  Paul Ziegler, Publisher
Carcamerastory.com


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sebring Classic - Pistons & Props

Here's a  brief photo review of the Sebring Classic 12 Hour held November 30- December 3rd.  I made the trip down to Sebring from St. Petersburg on Friday, December 1st and took these photos.

The weather was perfect, the cars were on full song and it was fun watching these cars dicing for position, as they did in their prime.  We have a chance to enjoy these cars thanks to several dedicated owners and mechanics.


There were lots of Porsches- here's a beautiful 911 example.




And Ferraris were there too.


Along with a nice sample of BMW's


And a Prototype or Two.

And now for the action shots:










Hope you enjoy the pictures. Side note- I happened to stop by a paddock that was graced with three Ferraris and met Patrick Mullaney.  I mentioned I owned an Alfa Romeo Giulia and he told me he's an Alfa fan too.  He is a lucky owner of an Alfa Romeo 8C- less than 90 came to the US.    

Brought to you by Pal Ziegler, Publisher of Carcamerastory.com




Monday, November 20, 2017

Horsepower Day At Cars and Coffee

Saturday November 18th at du Pont Registry's Cars & Coffee in St. Petersburg , FL will set the bar for horsepower hungry car freaks. Billed as the only time these four vehicles would be together at the same time, Specialty Vehicle Engineering brought four Yenko Supercharged beasts with them.

Ever want a stable of 3,450 horses?  Imagine feeding them?   Well these Yenko SC animals drink high octane petrol for breakfast and here's what you could have rumbling on your ranch if you talk to the boys at Specialty Vehicle Engineering:         Pick one or more!

1)   Yellow Corvette                                   825 HP
2)   Red Camaro                                          825 HP
3)   Black Short Bed Silverado                   800 HP
4)   White Camaro   (A real Beast)           1,000 HP

Here's a few pictures of this awesome collection:


                                                                Four Vehicles 3,450 Horses
                                                           

1,000 HP Camaro, 825 HP Corvette



This Is What 1,000 HP Looks Like.


Yenko Super Charged



Mean Looking Camaro


Not Your Average Corvette



The Badge Says It All


See you in a couple of weeks after I photograph the Sebring Classic 12 Hour Races

Paul Ziegler, Publisher  www.carcamerastory.com



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Italian Art Comes to The United States

Italy came to the US and brought us fabulous visual creations from Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini  and an occasional very special Fiat. Art born in metal. Creating automobiles as works of art is what the Italians do and I have a few pictures taken today to illustrate what I mean.  Hang on and I'll explain more.

There's a group of us car guys (and gals are invited too) that meet every two weeks for lunch known as 'Tampa Bay Café Racers'. It is a loose knit gang of Alfistis, Porsche-a-philes, BMW lovers, Ferrari pilotas and an array of folks that love their cars as much as their kids. We even have some honest to goodness race car drivers in our ranks.  We are in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and our current restaurant of choice for lunch is Cafe' Pont in Pinellas County. Anyway, today we sat outside enjoying a casual lunch surrounded by our prized collection of cars that gives the patrons entering the restaurant the sense there's a car show going on.  But then the regular patrons realize- it's those car guys again!

To get back to the point of the story, our group leader, Frank mentions near the end of  lunch there's a car shop in the area we need to visit. Our group is welcome to stop by thanks to Frank paving the way. It is a special place with special cars - so of course we are all in to check it out.  I'll leave the shop unnamed for this post and I am careful not to draw attention to a business like this one out of respect for the business and their clients, who own some really nice toys.  Serious toys.

So here's a thumbnail view of today, crowned by a photo I took in front of Seminole city hall by the annual 'Field of Honor'  that reminds us to honor our veterans as we approach Veterans Day on November 11th.  We live in a free society and have the luxury of enjoying cars from Italy today because of our veterans.

  I've also included a video of the new Cassino production plant to give one example of how  Alfa Romeo Italian art is made.

Click Link Below

Cassino Plant Italy- Where The Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Are Made





Café Racers Gather For Lunch:

They Bring Their ' Children'


Here's One Of  Our Favorites



With Owner Delmas Greene, Liaison AROC/FCA
(Alfa Romeo Owners Club/ Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) 


Very Sweet


And here's one of the big kids:

Ferrari Red


Now That's An Engine



Time For Lunch


AFTER LUNCH - THE SHOP TOUR


                                                       Nice Cars Waiting For Service


Ferrari -Famous For 12 Cylinder Magic


Look Again- This is a Fiat


A Fiat With a Ferrari Bloodline.


A Fiat Dino



A Testarossa Getting Service


The Seat Cover Says It All

Artwork Again!


Instructions For Menchanics



That will give you a taste for the work being done at this particular shop. Here in Pinellas County, FL there are other automotive specialty shops attracted here by a good supply of affluent clients.


 And to end this post, here is my Alfa Romeo Giulia pictured next to the field of honor in front of
Seminole City Hall




Remember Our Veterans!


Next Up- I'll be at Sebring  this month for Sebring Historics and the Classic 12 Hour races.

Paul Ziegler, Publisher  Carcamerastory.com