2021 Trans Am at Lime Rock Park (May 28)

Like a lot of race fans, its been a while since I have been to a race track to see a motorsport event. It’s great that things have been getting better, which has allowed spectators to return to the race track. The last time I’d been to Lime Rock Park was in July 2019, so you could imagine how excited I was to be able to return to Lime Rock Park for the Trans Am Memorial Day Classic. Hope you like the photos.

Left Boston at around 7.30 am for the approximately 3 hour drive to Lime Rock Park in upper Connecticut. Despite a forecast of cloudy skies with rain, was very excited to be at the race track. Parked the car in the Midway field area, and as soon as I opened the door to the car I could hear the familiar noise of race cars, which put a smile on my face. Since I was photographing from the spectator side of the fence, decided to take a backpack to hold my camera gear, wet weather clothing, rain covers for my camera and lenses, food and water.

With the overcast skies, the light was very diffuse, so it didn’t really matter which part of the track I went, but decided to walk up the hill to the inside of West Bend at the top of the track.

The optional testing session for the TA/XGT/SGT/GT class started at 11.45 am, so got into position for photographing some 3/4 rear away shots of the cars as they sped along West Bend to the downhill under the car bridge. In a way, this was also a test session for me, since its been about 20 months since I’ve photographed a motorsport event. Here’s the #59 The Peter Gregg Foundation Chevrolet Camaro with its brilliant metallic red paint work.

With the session finishing at 12.25 pm, it was time for lunch, so headed down the hill to the paddock area.

The heavy overcast skies looked very ominous for the afternoon sessions, with rain forecasted. Should also mention, that despite having my lunch in my backpack, decided to grab a freshly made and hot bratwurst roll. This is one of the things I always try to do when visiting Lime Rock Park, the bratwurst rolls really taste delicious.

For the 2.20 pm TA/XGT/SGT/GT practice session, went to the paddock area on the inside of the Lefthander. This is one of my favorite locations to photograph from, since you can get shots of the cars, which appear to be “racing on the grass”. The #4 StopFlex.com/CarCoachReports Chevrolet Corvette.

You can turn to your right and get rear shots of the cars as they exit the Lefthander into the Righthander. Tomy Drissi in the #8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro.

Rain was expected for the TA qualifying session at 5.40 pm, so thought about where to go so could get shots of the cars with water from the rain spraying from the rear of them. Decided to go to the top of The Uphill, then walk along the straight to West Bend. Some shots of #59 The Peter Gregg Foundation Chevrolet Camaro.

Chris Dyson in the #20 Plaid Ford Mustang.

“Reflections” with the #21 Amamos LaVida Tequilla Ford Mustang.

By the time the qualifying session ended at 5.55 pm, was looking forward to getting something hot to eat for dinner and dry clothes, so headed back to the car for the drive to the hotel I was staying at in Lennox, Massachusetts. When I got to the hotel, one of the first things I did was to air out my wet camera gear. Looking forward to Saturday for a full day of Trans Am. Thanks for spending your time reading this blog.

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