Archive for August, 2013

This was our first trip to the Geezers at the Grove event in Reading PA. As I talked about in my last blog post, Friday was a regular show for the local racers and qualifying for the nitro funny cars.

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This photo was shot at mid track with my a fugi X-E1 mirror less camera.

Saturday we arrived at the track around 8:00am for a full day of racing. Joining the nitro cars on Saturday where some alcohol funny cars as well as a ton of vintage drags cars from the past. We started walking around the pits watching the teams get their cars out to warm up the fluids and go to tech for their safety inspection. It was great just standing in one spot watching the beautiful looking cars drive by one after another. What a great way to start the day, a cup of coffee and the sound of huge horsepower drag cars.

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All of the lanes where full of race cars at 9:30 to start the days qualifying and eliminations.the nitro funny cars wouldn’t be up until later in the day, but we got our fill of good ole bracket racing with just beautiful cars. These people love their cars and their sport. It shows with how they take care of their vehicles. I’m glad of that because it makes for some nice images.

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We watched some of the morning runs from the start line, enjoying the burn outs that they do to warm up their massive drag slicks.

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I made my way out the starting line to get some shots as they left the line. I was out there for about a 1/2 hr. I talked to the track photographer for a while. I was hoping to get to shoot the nitro cars when they came to the line but, security came out and ask for my credentials. I didn’t have any so I was asked to leave the line. So I went back behind the fence and shot the rest of the day.

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If you couldn’t tell by the color the driver of this nice camaro was a women. Her daughter raced a newer camaro as well.

The sun was getting low in the sky when the nitro cars made their way to the lanes for their eliminations. These cars are just loud and fast. Both top speed and ET (elapsed time) class records where set in eliminations in front of a large crowd.

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After a few blown engines and lengthy clean ups the final two cars made it to the line, the Famous Jungle Jim car was victorious in the nitro funny car class. All in all it was a wonderful event. I plan in going again next year. I shot with my Fugi X-E1, my Canon 7D, and Canon G15 all weekend.

Sunday was a day of 1983 cars and older bracket racing. The pits where full and the weather was just perfect for side by side racing.

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Don’t forget to check out all of my images from this event at John Zachary Photography

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Well day one at the Geezers reunion is in the books. Fridays racing was exciting and fast for the first day of qualifying. The Nitro Funny Cars from the past made two qualifying runs to set the field for Saturday nights eliminations.

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This image is of the famous Blue Max Funny Car. This is the body that they keep off the car as they work on them through out the day.

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The hards guys Mustang was one of the very good looking cars in the nitro field. This car was candy red over gold with painted lace, looking just like they did back in the 70’s.

There where a couple mishaps during qualifying in the first round. The Blue Max car hit the outside wall at 1/2 track, but didn’t do much damage to the car. He was able to make it back out for the second round. The other miss fortune involved the Candies and Huges “Cajun Cuda”. As the crew members fired up the engine the car lurched forward and ran one of the crew members over. They put the crew member into the ambulance and checked him over before releasing him. Later he was working on the car a little bruised but pretty lucky considering what could of happened.

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This 57 Chevy was local car that runs the Grove every week. The driver of this car was a older gentleman that had a big smile on his face the whole night, I guess I would to if this was my car.

Saturday the show starts at 9:30am we plan on being there around 8:30 to catch all of the action.
These picture where shot with my IPhone because my wifi card wasn’t working very well. I will try again Saturday to post shots from my X-E1.

Today we are heading south on I81 to Reading, PA. to watch and cover the Geezers Reunion at Maple Grove Raceway. We will have three days of nostalgic drag racing. There are 16 Funny cars from the past that will be tearing up the strip in Reading. Cars like the Blue Max, Jungle Jim will be part of the show this weekend.

We will also be watching some Nostalgic Dragsters and Altereds, Gassers, and the awesome Super Stocks. Stay tuned here for coverage of this event all weekend.

Also look for images from this show at John Zachary Photography