I’ve been a racing fan since I was young, so when I rediscovered photography a decade or so ago, racing was immediately a favorite of mine. As an amateur photographer, I enjoyed shooting at road racing tracks, dirt tracks, and drag strips all over the Midwest. Working year after year, I began to accumulate some work I was happy with, and in 2015, I began working with Victory Lane Magazine to cover vintage racing for them. Be sure to check out the race reports from these events, too!
The photos you’ll see here are some of my favorites — not just from these vintage events, but from the whole gamut of great events I’ve been lucky enough to attend.
Here’s a sampling of photos that have been selected for publishing.
Motorsport is all about action, but the paddock is filled with great scenes that tell the stories of cars, owners, drivers and crew that work tirelessly to make these events great.
Once every two years, a unique collection of aircraft descends on the grounds of the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. This is the Dawn Patrol – the largest collection of WW I-era aircraft I’ve had the pleasure to see flying.
As you might imagine, most of the flying machines are replicas — very close mimics of the actual vintage machines, but updated for safety. This is most easily-seen by glancing under the cowls of these airplanes, where power plants have been been updated to be a little more reliable. Nevertheless, the aircraft look great, and dozens of pilots and crew in period costumes help set the mood as well.
Among the attractions in the air was a staged dogfight. Of course, the Fokker came out on the losing end, and after setting down, the pilot was taken prisoner in “no man’s land”. Like any military reenactment, a little historical context will help you appreciate the things that are being shown, but fans of all ages can appreciate these great old planes in the air!
Finally, no WW I reenactment would be complete without the infantry, so without further ado, here’s the infantry:
Also in attendance over the weekend was a marvelous collection of vintage cars — I’ll post those separately, so watch for them if you liked these photos.
Central Ohio, USA
David is a photographer specializing in motorsport photography -- at least until that big lotto payoff comes in and he buys a racecar.