Lime Rock Park - Yet Another IMSA Race

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In the past I've only seen IMSA races at LRP as its my home track. But this year I decided to go to as many as I can... kind of my own personal farewell tour to the Ford GT's. The Ford GT's are the sole reason why I found out about IMSA racing and got so addicted to it. This is their last year in racing, so I wanted to see it as much as many times as I could.

This year I drove down to Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen, and finally Lime Rock. Lots of miles driven, lots of car camping, lots of photos taken.

This one was the most brutal race weekend of the four. 95+ Fahrenheit on both days. I drove an hour and a half each way on both days with no AC in my car. The compressor went out, I had a replacement but didnt have time to swap it out.

I was done by the second day. For the first time ever I actually spent more time watching the race instead of taking photos.The photos I did take on the 2nd day were pretty bad.. easily my worst keeper rate shooting motorsports (but I was risking it for the biscuit with super low shutter speeds as always).

This turned out to be a great move as I had a BLAST actually watching the race lol. I brought my two brothers with me. I got one of them into IMSA racing a long time ago, the other was at his first race. I had so much fun rooting for the Ford's along with them. The last hour of the race was such an amazing experience. The Ford's were fighting hard on every lap, inching closer and closer to the dominant Porsches. We sat at the main hill watching turns 2-4, where non stop action was. The #67 Ford was in 2nd, chasing the Porsche for the last 30 minutes or so. I saw so many close over take attempts but honestly I didnt think he'd be able to get the job done. Then with ~7 minutes left in the race he overtook him for the lead. I damn near lost my ****. The 67 Ford ended up winning the race. It was their only win of the season and doesn't mean much overall, but it was such an amazing experience watching them win like that as it was the last time I'll ever see them in person. 10/10 experience.

This thread is going to be picture heavy with a lot of Ford photos.

Oh also, the Magnus Lamborghini team ran a special livery paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. So it was pretty neat being there to capture that rare moment.




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Nice images Paul. I’m heading down to the Petit Le Mans in October. Last race for the GT and the C7.R. The next-gen Corvette just doesn’t sound the same...
 

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Nice images Paul. I’m heading down to the Petit Le Mans in October. Last race for the GT and the C7.R. The next-gen Corvette just doesn’t sound the same...
Thanls man. Yeah next year just isnt going to be the same... not sure if I'm going to plan any trips other than LRP next year. Maybe just Watkins Glen since its pretty close, dont really feel like driving 20+ hours to Florida again.

Petit Le Mans is an amazing race, I wish I could go someday, I look forward to seeing your shots.

I'm starting to feel the itch for those super tele shots. Like I can get tack sharp 1/10-1/15 panning shots (well, sometimes) with my 75mm 1.8 but I feel like they're starting to all look the same now lol. I feel like those super tele shots capture the essence of the actual track/location rather than just a super slow ss panning shot. That would require some $$$ that I'm not ready to spend right now, so I guess I'll just stick to panning for a while.

Idk if you got a chance to check out my Watkins Glen thread, it was kind of a flop lol. https://www.mu-43.com/threads/sahlens-six-hours-of-the-glen.104646/

I uploaded at 2000px long edge itt and kind of regret it, alot more sharpness/detail got lost than I expected. I dont feel like re uploading and updating this thread though.
 
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I'm starting to feel the itch for those super tele shots. Like I can get tack sharp 1/10-1/15 panning shots (well, sometimes) with my 75mm 1.8 but I feel like they're starting to all look the same now lol. I feel like those super tele shots capture the essence of the actual track/location rather than just a super slow ss panning shot. That would require some $$$ that I'm not ready to spend right now, so I guess I'll just stick to panning for a while.
If you want to get in to a super tele lens but don't want to spend thousands of dollars, I'd recommend taking a look at the Panasonic 100-300 II. For $650 it's a very good lens, and gives you a 600mm FoV as well. At f/5.6, it won't be great once the sun begins to set, but the vast majority of races are run during the middle of the day with plenty of light
 

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If you want to get in to a super tele lens but don't want to spend thousands of dollars, I'd recommend taking a look at the Panasonic 100-300 II. For $650 it's a very good lens, and gives you a 600mm FoV as well. At f/5.6, it won't be great once the sun begins to set, but the vast majority of races are run during the middle of the day with plenty of light
I was thinking about buying the Panasonic 100-300 II. I have access to a Panasonic Employee Purchase Program account, they used to have it for $420 ish and I almost pulled the trigger. Idk why but I guess you cant buy anything directly from Panasonic's website anymore, they just have a "find a retailer" button now... not a "add to cart" button. So I guess I missed that opportunity.

I really like the PL200 I rented for Daytona, I'd love to buy that or the Oly 300mm but they're both well out of my budget. I guess I'll just stick to panning for now.
 

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