Here's perhaps my favorite scene from the SVRA ("Sportscar Vintage Racing Association") 2013 National Championships at the Circuit of the Americas.
As I had mentioned in the note accompanying "Under the Bonnet," this was a wonderfully accessible event -- spectators could wander among the cars and drivers with very few constraints other than common courtesy. This was remarkable for many reasons -- not the least being that many of the cars were quite rare and very valuable.
As we walked past the paddock of Kurt DelBene, there was a father and son looking closely at this green #41. Kurt saw them and surprised everyone with the offer, "Would you like to sit in it?" He advised the boy to kick off his shoes ("Otherwise you'll lose them down in there") and suggested his dad just lift him into the cockpit.
The boy settled in and was transfixed by the workplace of the legendary Innes Ireland. Ireland (per Wikipedia) was "a larger-than-life character who, according to a rival team boss, 'lived without sense, without an analyst and provoked astonishment and affection from everyone.'" He raced from 1959 to 1966, and drove THIS CAR -- a two-litre 1964 BRP BRM-F1 -- in seven grands prix that year.
The boy finally burst into a big smile -- I've added that shot as a WS -- but I prefer the more pensive expression here!
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SnapRJW (23602) 2013-10-31 7:38
Hello Russ - I know nothing of cars but one of my sons is a keen follower of racing so I know that he would love to change places with this lucky little boy (and my son is a grown man!) I love the vintage colours here, something you don't see in modern cars do you and yet all the rage in the 60's. Strange how just that colour gives the whole shot a vintage feel, even the small boy looks the part. A special moment nicely captured. The WS shows a smile of pure delight. Warm regards Rosemary
claudeD (26946) 2013-10-31 12:36
Very good notevand amazing picture. I like your contribution to TE very much. The expression in the face of the boy is really fascinating. Like your fotojob here very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
korbee (6553) 2013-10-31 14:48
Great details,i love the 1961-1965 1500 cc area,very compact streamlined cars like the BRM of Graham Hill and Ginther or the Lotus 25 of Jim Clark.
i was Lucky to see them all this summer in the Historic gp in good old Zandvoort!
good night from The Netherlands
Racing fan since 1967
photoray (6656) 2013-10-31 14:49
Fine zoomed-in view of the boy inside the machine, with the tire tread and strut dominating.
At his age, I could only fantasize by building model cars.
ourania (18616) 2013-10-31 15:08
I like very much the way you captured the bewildered expression of the little boy amid all the fascinating details and textures. The colour of the car has a marvellous mildness that makes the scene look nostalgic and tender. You photographed a moment that will probably become a favourite memory and will ignite a long passion for old cars. I love his expression in the workshop picture too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-10-31 23:49
A graceful car, the big boy's toy with character power packed with 2 lit engine under the bonnet! Fantastic closeup and impressive shooting point, beautifully crisp sharp with brilliant colour, and magic paint jobs as the pilot is well seen at the third intersection. It's a slice of old beauty from a time when cars had so much more character and individual appeal than today's cloned efforts. i love the clarity and the green tone against dark tyre and background boosting the overall contrast extremely well. This is a stunning piece of tender loving care so well maintained, a pleasure to see. Well done shot, tfs
Noel_Byrne (13314) 2013-11-01 8:58
I know that expression, I remember having it many times myself as a kid, but never in a car like this! This is a really cool capture of the moment here, and the expression is priceless.
nikkitta (8951) 2013-11-01 13:39
Charming capture, like the changing expresions of te boy and smiling, good work
Also very interesting old car, not know about them , but like to watch details as for instance the color, old and well kept
Congrats mi alumno,
willperrett (4075) 2013-11-01 15:15
A fine shot which brings back memories of watching my first Grands Prix on a small b/w television. I'm not sure I even knew the car was green... Nice tight framing, and thus no irrelevant crap in the background.
saxo042 (33912) 2013-11-02 2:07
The little boy seems to be genuinely happy, sitting here and pretend to race at high speed. Very fine colours and an abundance of details to be enjoyed.
mcmtanyel (5219) 2013-11-02 8:40
I love the close up! I think the little fella in the cockpit has defined this photo. I envy you for running into such a precious moment and congratulate you on this very fine photo.
PS. For whatever reason, the workshop will accept photos larger that 800 pixels but will not display them completely. It takes the thumbnail properly, giving one the illusion that all is OK. I can still view it by copying the image and pasting it into an image editor.
ktanska (22654) 2013-11-02 9:07
A charming picture of a classic Formula 1 car and no doubt excited boy in it. I bet he had not even dreamed of such experience! Wide smile of the WS is great too.
UlfE (14132) 2013-11-02 23:17
I agree this photo with a pensive expression on the boy's face is much better, but it not only the boy's more natural expression in a situation like this that is better your composition and perspective here is also much better. Your position of the boy's face at 1/3 both horizontally and vertically is perfect and love the diagonal lines and the inclusion of the tyre in the foreground. TFS and have a nice Sunday!
serp2000 (33099) 2013-11-08 1:50
It reminds me my childhood and these emotions when I saw the racing cars. Good cropped phoo, you show us a main essence of this event. Well done.
Have a nice Friday!
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1694)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-26
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-31 7:11