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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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