I had to pick my shooting spots carefully. Unlike a 4-hour ALMS race, where I could wander, watch, and shoot from all points on the track, the compressed schedule of the reunion forced me to pick a spot for each race. Each race group is only on track for two 20-minute sessions — one on the morning and one in the afternoon. Since I was forced to choose, I chose the exit of turn 11 and The Corkscrew. Turn 11 to capture the sounds of the cars rocketing down the straight at full throttle and The Corkscrew because it is as iconic as it gets. I’m especially happy with the turn 11 footage. The cars sound great getting on the power and you can really see them moving around. They were not babied at all.
This has absolutely become my favorite weekend of the year. The pedigree and preparation of the cars is hugely impressive. It’s also refreshing to see these cars being driven hard rather than sitting in a museum. Kudos to the owners and drivers who allow their often priceless treasures to be driven in anger. It’s not every day that you see a Ferrari 250 GTO with an armful of opposite lock exiting a corner. Fortunately, with names like Canepa, Jeanette, Said, and Auberlen behind the wheel, you know the cars are in good hands.
The video really doesn’t do justice to how fast these bikes are and how hard the riders work them through the turns. It was incredible to see it all happen from trackside.
I put together two videos from the footage I got at the race. First, a “Sights and Sounds” video featuring work in the pits as well as on-track action from both the WeatherTech and Continental Tire SportsCar Championships. Second, I wanted to do a sound comparison of the new-for-2016 GTLM cars. Two raucous V8s were replaced by turbos; I thought it would be interesting to compare.