What is your favourite category of racecar? Think about it for a minute, it is harder to answer than you might imagine.
For me, it has to be Group C racecars. Why, might you ask? Well let me explain. To me they are the “turned up to 11” versions of Formula 1 cars. You see, I am huge fan of F1, I almost religiously watch qualifying and racing every weekend it is on. I have done so since I was a child. I love the noise (or rather used to love the noise), the speed and constant battles. But in terms of racecars, they seem a little fragile. Sure they can corner at insanse speeds and would align all of my organs with me epidermis. However, I can’t help but feel that if a driver sneezed too hard in one of them, all of the wheels would simultaneously pop off.
Enter Group C. The cake slice shaped behemoths are every bit as trick as an F1 car but with added more. And by more, I really mean more! Whilst an F1 car from the ’80s would go balls to the wall around a circuit for 2 hours before finishing and, as a result, melt. Group C Le Mans cars go for a colossal 24 hours – NON STOP!They were lightweight, fast, powerful, aerodynamic and utterly sublime. I had the opportunity to shoot the fabulous 1987 Porsche 962C with the Rothmans livery. I think you will agree with me here when I say, it is smoking hot!
I love the livery, I love the turbo fans, I love the shrouded rear wheels, I love the driving position but most importantly, I love that this car was not only built to race, it was built to last. I feel honored that the kind folks at Duncan Hamilton Rofgo opened the doors to me and let me shoot this marvelous machine. I hope you enjoyed it.
Oh and if you want to see a speed edit of me editing the front 3/4 shot, then check the video below.
Words and Pictures: ShootingDave