On 8 January 2012 I had the pleasure of shooting an event for the Sierra Sports Car Club here in Sierra Vista, Arizona. I hadn’t shot a SCCA Solo event before so I was excited to get the chance to come out and shoot, learn something new about a racing series I have never experienced, meet new people and have some fun. The event was held at the Sierra Vista Regional Airport so it was a quick drive for us, which was a good thing seeing as it was a bit chilly Sunday and Maria ran back home to get us some sweatshirts… brrr.
For over 30 years now, the Sierra Sports Car Club (SSCC) has been holding SCA Solo Autocross events, normally held the first Sunday of every month except for December. It provides a safe way to test your driving skills and limits of your car without having Cochise County Sheriff or Sierra Vista Police Department write you a ticket. If you happen to have a need for speed, visit their page on “Getting Started”.
Sunday had approx. 50 cars entered ranging from a race built 1965 Lotus Elan to a factory 2012 Ford “Mayhem” Mustang and even a couple Rotax Go Karts!! Each entry would have 4 timed runs for points and some would run another set of 4 timed runs in what they call the “Fun Run”. Here are some of my favorite images from the event, I don’t know all the drivers well enough to associate them with the right car but if you know, comment below or email me and I’ll get them captioned.
From a photography stand point, I don’t recall shooting an event of any kind that took place entirely on concrete. One cool benefit I found about shooting on a concrete surface was that I was able to use the surface as a reflector which gave me some cool glare and reflections off the cars. Using my histogram I was able to find a happy spot with my settings so I could capture the details on the car, keeping decent colors in the background, not have them racing on a blowout surface and keep the subject integrity intact.
We brought our Alien Bee AB800 strobe heads, Vanguard II battery pack and a soft box using Pocket Wizard Plus II’s to remote fire the strobes. I learned a technique a while back shooting a LOORS event and below is one example along with several head shots of the drivers in their machines. Using this, I could close my aperture down to get great color and darkness in the back ground and have the subjects lit up.
This wraps up this post and look forward to the next time I get the chance to shoot a SCCA Solo Event, special thanks to Club President Tammy Butterworth for having us!
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