Poking around in the nooks and crannies of American car culture with a camera in my hand... God help me, but that's my idea of fun. I like the people, the cars, and the race tracks (and other gathering spots) that are central to the culture. And I especially like making pictures of the scene.
Matt Suite and his Pro Nitrous '68 Camaro.
The ADRL is the premier sanctioning body for Pro Mod drag racing. What's a Pro Mod? It's a dedicated drag racing machine that's styled to look like a cartoon version of a street car -- often a muscle car from the 1960s. (See above.)
A Pro Mod is also absurdly loud and fast, capable of splitting your eardrums while accelerating to over 200 miles per hour in less than four seconds. The whole thing is nuts. And that's a big part of what makes it fun.
ADRL head honcho Kenny Nowling (left) during the national anthem.
It's also fun because the people involved in Pro Mod racing aren't doing it for the money. In fact, most cars owners lose money racing. They're also not doing it for the fame. There's little in the way of media coverage, so whatever fame racers achieve is limited to the circle of people who care about drag racing. It's a niche, and a small one at that.
Raymond Matos and his Pro Mod class '70 Barracuda.
No, Pro Mod racers are motivated by other things -- a passion for making cars do things that the laws of physics declare impossible, a fierce desire to compete, and an addiction to speed.
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Me? I was having fun, in part, by doing something that the laws of photography say should never be attempted -- shooting motorsports with an iPhone. That's what you're looking at here, iPhoneography. I'll post a larger selection of my iPhone photos from the event on my racing blog within the next few days. They're pretty cool