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Typhoon43's official 24 Hours of Rolex picture thread

Well I made my yearly pligrimage to Daytona this year for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. If you've never heard of it, it's the Grand-Am seaon opener and is a 24 hour long endurance race inside the Daytona Speedway. No NSACAR hear though. They utilize some of the straights but it's also a road course. There are a few different classes, ranging from the insane Daytona Prototypes, then the GT class full of Ferraris, Porsches, and Audi R8s', and then some smaller class with Mazda turbo Diesels and a Porsche Caymen iirc. Anyways, they all race AT THE SAME TIME, so you have a mix of hyper cars and GT class cars all gunning to get that inside turn. It's chaos. I love it. All of the manufacturers setup huge showcases with their newest offerings, and it's just luxo-car porn for a mile. Anyways, here's how it went.
Arrived Friday night after work to settle into the Bus. We had a full hookup right outside of the track, and then we just drove the cars in when we wanted to see some action.

Upon getting to the track Saturday morning before the race (started at 3:30PM), there was a track class of 6 identical M5's just shredding up the course. They sound incredible when at full tilt.

We had Garage passes so we headed over to see what kind of prep these cars go through. This is how you align a 24 hour endurance Ferrari.

Unfortunately this Mustang destroyed itself during the warm up laps. That is NOT going to buff out.

Each team gets 32 SETS of tires for the race. 64 cars x 128 tires = A shit ton of tires were flying all around the entire race. Just cart after cart full of them.

The Aston also never made the race. I really wanted to hear this thing.

Now who is the lucky bastard that not only gets to drive a Ferrari for a living, but also is sponsored by Patron? Seriously? I need this gig.

Now we come to what I call "oh it's THAT kind of event" section. I swear to hell about every 2 minutes I would look up and see some sort of badass ride driving around or parked. Even in the damn RV lot I saw Lambos, Ferraris, Maseratis, Vipers, Lotus'.. it was just sick. I literally wanted to park my G8 under the bus and put a sheet over it. It had no right to be in the same company.
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Magnum PI was at the race too. Waited forever but I guess he just parked it there and TC and Rick picked him up in the Island Hopper Chopper

Yellow Ferrari

A Vanity plate? On a Ferrai? Hmm.. never would have though it.

I can't even make fun of this 430. Oh how I want one.

A Little Classic Italian love.

Red Sex time

Black Sex time (I don't discriminate)

Oh just ANOTHER badass Ferrari.

DAT ASS shot...

Race time was apparocahing and our passes granted us access to the starting grid. ALl the drivers are just chilling by their cars as people run around ogling the machinery and getting autographs.
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A few of the more colorful rides.



Getting that last bit of rest before 24 hours of straight hell.

Wild graphics that are amazing at Night. Many of the cars have EL lights and crazy reflective surfaces.

The Mazda team had THREE entires in this race, all using Skyactive Diesel engines. The smallest was a Mazda 3 with a 2.2 Turbo Diesel running 55 pounds of boost. It put down a cute 330HP and 440TQ.

The clock is Set..

So we hustle to the grandstands for a birds eye view of the race. The track definitely has a little rake to it lol.

And here comes the Green Flag!

The Daytona Prototypes start first.
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Then the GT class follows. Looks like Paul Blart's Mall Cop team entered as well. Looks like the Porsches "may" have the edge here, but it's a LONG race.

More of the GT pack.

We continued to drink heavily while watching the first couple of hours, then headed back to the Bus to watch the race on the TV and grill up someribs and steak. Once full and rested, we headed back inside for the night action. All I know now is that I need to invest in some real L glass. I tried EVERYTHING with my POS 18-135 3.5/5.6 lense and seriously these are probably the best pics I got out of 100+, and they 're not good. Grr. You get the point though. Non stop road racing from 3:30PM until 3:30PM the next day.



All in all I had a wonderful time. I truly admire what these teams do and just how much effort is involved to get a car to run wide out for 24 hours straight. If you ever get a chance to attend, I HIGHLY recommend you do it.
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I'm rusty on the rules for Grand Am - what governs the driver changes, fuel refills?
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I'm rusty on the rules for Grand Am - what governs the driver changes, fuel refills?

I believe it's that a driver must spend a minimum of 30 minutes in the car, and no more than 2.5 hours straight.
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If you're following the car (as it appears you're doing in the pictures), I have a feeling that fancy glass isn't going to help you as much as a steadier hand and better tracking.

Like say, maybe trying to photograph the cars while sober instead of after however much liquor you'd consumed.

Alternately, if you're content to drunk photo, just crank the crap out of the ISO and set your shutter speed to plaid. No motion blur, but at least it'll be steady

I'm jealous either way, looks like a good time. Did you ride the Ferris wheel?
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LOL yeah I was definitely ripp[ed that night. Those pics are around 11:30 PM and we had our first drink at 10AM I thought about bringing my Tripod but honestly I just didn't feel like it. And of course better lgass would help... a little... and give me an excuse. This F5.6 stuff just doesn't cut the mustard for me. I had my 28mm/1.8 on me but I'd have to be ON the track to get a pic with that little stubby thing. Maybe next year I'll try for some more serious night shots.
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LOL yeah I was definitely ripp[ed that night. Those pics are around 11:30 PM and we had our first drink at 10AM I thought about bringing my Tripod but honestly I just didn't feel like it. And of course better lgass would help... a little... and give me an excuse. This F5.6 stuff just doesn't cut the mustard for me. I had my 28mm/1.8 on me but I'd have to be ON the track to get a pic with that little stubby thing. Maybe next year I'll try for some more serious night shots.

At this stage of your life, I bet you have steadier hands plastered than sober
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LOL yeah I was definitely ripp[ed that night. Those pics are around 11:30 PM and we had our first drink at 10AM I thought about bringing my Tripod but honestly I just didn't feel like it. And of course better lgass would help... a little... and give me an excuse. This F5.6 stuff just doesn't cut the mustard for me. I had my 28mm/1.8 on me but I'd have to be ON the track to get a pic with that little stubby thing. Maybe next year I'll try for some more serious night shots.

I don't know what you shoot with, but my cheapie Nikkor AF-S vibration reduction lenses (with VR on, and I have the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm) get me a full two stops of shutter speed improvement in terms of getting good sharpness.

Then again, maybe you want that slower shutter speed, and I have no idea what your settings are. With VR on using the 18-55, I can typically go from a ridiculous ISO at 1/60 to a more manageable one at 1/15.
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Oh man I'd touch each of those cars very inappropriately.

Is that jig on the ferrari for alignment?
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Nice shots! I don't know why, but the 458 and the newer Ferraris are really making the 430 grow on me. I just watched it on TV.

I think the Mazdas are actually supposedly 6s. Not that it matters much; it's a Riley tube frame underneath just like the RX-8s were, albeit a little longer.

I got a lot of keeper shots from Austin (that I still haven't sorted through and posted) though daytime vs night time is going to make a lot of difference. A 70-300 on a crop sensor body seems to work really well for me, at least during the day.
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