Category - Event Coverage

Perspective: American Le Mans and WEC – The Best of Both Worlds

Photos: Jennifer Stamps

Endurance racing—live—is unlike anything else I have ever experienced.  My knowledge of motorsport began and ended with Formula 1.  It wasn’t until Circuit of the Americas started being built that I began paying attention and learning about other motorsport series.  First it was Grand-Am, then MotoGP, and of course the Australian V8 Supercars.  Next on my list?  American Le Mans Series and World Endurance Championship.  I watched this year’s 12 hours of Sebring and 24 hours of Le Mans with serious interest for the first time. I have spent time looking things up and asking questions on Twitter.  But it wasn’t until the 6 hours of Circuit of the Americas that I truly grasped just how special these two series really are.

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S:S:L On The Road – Monterey Car Week 2013

Pebble Beach 2013

Pebble Beach 2013

Like so many things in any society that truly matter, the automobile stands astride a multitude of social divides. Progress. Freedom. Achievement. Wastefulness. Drudgery. Class division. Every car contains legions of angels and demons in turn, and which of each is dominant depends just as much on the perspective of person doing the observing as the car being observed. One’s sculpture of power and beauty in motion is another’s wasteful extravagance of wealth, overcompensation and status. An electric car can mean both the death of enjoyment and performance and the salvation of an industry and the environment – depending on your point of view. But what is important is that these contradictions are not rooted in cars, but in ourselves. A car is simply a big shiny lump of metal that can move under its own power across the ground; the meaning we see when we look at one has more to do with the reflection of ourselves staring back than any innate attribute of the mirror itself. And if one automobile can contain so many contradictory viewpoints, then a major car show, being a whole mess of them collected in one place, must be a Gerasene Rorschach funhouse maze – cars, owners, attendees and media, all of us reflections of whatever multitudes you’re predisposed to see.

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The 25 Hours of Thunderhill, A Rum Diary

For Krider Racing, the 2012 running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill started with rum and ended with rum. It took a fair amount of rum to garner the courage to take on such a monumental task like “The 25.” This is the story of how a group of friends came together to compete with factory backed professional race teams in the longest road race in North America, while campaigning a $500 car that was originally built for the 24 Hours of LeMons, and somehow walked away victorious. This is the Krider Racing 25 Hours of Thunderhill “Rum Diary”
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