2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23, Audi Wins and Podium Presentations)

We all know car racing is a dangerous sport. We were reminded of how dangerous this sport can be with the passing of the Danish Aston Martin driver, Allan Simonsen, due to injuries he sustained when his Number 95 car crashed at Tertre Rouge early into the race on Saturday afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends. At the request of his family, the Aston Martin team continued to race to honor Allan Simonsen. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23, Audi Wins and Podium Presentations)”

2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23, The Dunlop and S Ford Curves)

Left the ACO Stand 18 around 6 am and started to walk up the hill to the Dunlop Curves. On the way up the hill I stopped by the Stands towards the end of the front straight for shots of the cars going up the Dunlop Curves before going under the Dunlop Bridge. hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23, The Dunlop and S Ford Curves)”

2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23, My Night In A Front Straight Grandstand)

It was lightly raining as I walked from the Dunlop Grandstand down the hill to the ACO Stand 18, which I arrived at around 4 am Sunday morning. By now I was cold, wet, and very tired. Luckily I had an ACO membership which enabled me access to the private restrooms and food area in the ACO Stand 18. I highly recommend getting membership to the ACO before you purchase your Le Mans tickets, since it gives you an early reservation opportunity and access to the private ACO areas near the Dunlop Bridge and Stand 18. After grabbing some coffee and a sandwich I sat myself down at a table near one of the closed-circuit TVs to watch the race, with a few dozen other tired fans in the room. After finishing my coffee and sandwich I grabbed my photo gear and went up to Stand 18 and found a seat opposite the Audi and Aston Martin pits, where I watched some early morning pit stop action. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23, My Night In A Front Straight Grandstand)”

2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23, Tertre Rouge and The Esses At Night)

Masion Blanche to Tertre Rouge

By the time I walked from Virage Porsche to Maison Blanche, night had fallen, and the track and car lights were a “blaze”. Seeing and experiencing Le Mans at night is an amazing experience that can’t be described in words. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 23, Tertre Rouge and The Esses At Night)”

2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, Virage Porsche)

After shooting at Stand T23 walked past the Ferris Wheel and exited the track at Maison Blanche. Could have taken the shuttle, but the wait would have been long. Hence, walked to Virage Porsche, which is a relatively easy walk since its flat and not very crowded along the road. After about a 30 min walk arrived at Virage Porsche for some early evening photography. After the shoot went to the UK foodstand to grab some hot french fries and a cold soda for “dinner” before walking back to Masion Blanche. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, Virage Porsche)”

2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, Aston Martin Art Car at the “S” Ford Curves)

While at the viewing platform in Stand 23, practiced my panning technique by using lower shutter speeds than I normally use to get more pronounced blurring of the car during panning. Managed to get down to 1/60th of a sec (although a lot of my images shot at this shutter speed were not very good) and got a good shot of the Aston Martin Vantage GTE “Art” Car (Aston Martin Racing, LM GTE Pro class)┬áspeeding through the “S” Ford Curves. I think the Aston Martin “Art” car looks great and was one of my favorite cars at Le Mans to photograph. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, Aston Martin Art Car at the “S” Ford Curves)”

2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, The Esses to Virage Porsche)

After shooting the start of the race at The Esses, I packed up my gear and headed for the “long” walk to Virage Porsche (Porsche Curves). Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, The Esses to Virage Porsche)”

2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, At The Esses)

This is my third time to the Le Mans 24 Hrs, and feel very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to attend this race. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, At The Esses)”