Best Vintage Car Racing Photo of 2009

Sports Car Digest covered vintage car races from Portland to Portugal in 2009, taking tens of thousands of pictures along the way. We worked with amateur photogs armed with Nikons to wily veterans stalking a shot like a hunter following its prey, all seeking a picture to wow our readers.

Try as we may, we cannot choose the best vintage car racing photo from the past year. Therefore, we’d like your opinion on the best racing photo we published in 2009. Call it the “People’s Choice Awards,” or something like that…

We narrowed down the images to the following twenty, chosen solely upon the number of times they were viewed by readers. Please vote by leaving a comment with your favorite image. If we didn’t include your favorite picture, share a link of what you think was best. We’ll announce the winner in next week’s newsletter.

Best Vintage Car Racing Photo of 2009 (No particular order)

Ferrari 250 TR of Jon Shirley during Wine Country Classic (photo credit: Dennis Gray)

Sir Stirling Moss in the Mercedes Benz W194 during Goodwood Festival of Speed (photo credit: Goodwood)

Ferrari 250 SWB Breadvan driven by Max Werner during Silverstone Classic (photo credit: Silverstone Classic)

McLaren M8C leads Can-Am pack during Monterey Historics (photo credit: Dennis Gray)

Jon Shirley driving Alfa Romeo P3 during Monterey Historics (photo credit: General Racing/Stephan Cooper)

Datsun 260Z kicks up dirt during East African Safari Rally (photo credit: McKlein)

Jeff Mincheff lifts a wheel in his Jaguar XKE Lightweight during Portland Historics (photo credit: Dennis Gray)

Lola T70 Mk II prepares to dive under the Yokohama bridge at Road Atlanta (photo credit: Darren Pierson)

Ferrari 625 TR during Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge at Circuit du Val De Vienne (photo credit: Ferrari)

Jochen Mass in Lancia-Ferrari D50 during Goodwood Revival (photo credit: Goodwood)

Comments

  1. Butch Lewis says

    Guess I’ll get this started. As a Can-Am fan, I vote for:

    McLaren M8C leads Can-Am pack during Monterey Historics (photo credit: Dennis Gray)

  2. Jon says

    So many good ones to choose from. The Lister Jag flying, the Datsun on the Safari rally, the Lola T70 and the Breadvan all have a great sense of motion. Some of the others don’t convey the speed these things are carrying, but those 4 stand out for me.

    If I had to choose one, I’d have to fall back on my rally background, and go with the Datsun. McKlein photos are some of the best, after all.

  3. Amy Martin says

    I second Jon’s comments about enjoying photos that convey speed.

    If I had to choose the one for my wall though, it would be the Porsche 356 shot during La Carrera Panamericana as the colorful setting and my favorite Porsche would be enjoyable to see day after day.

  4. Mike W. says

    The Lola T70 Mk II and Brabham BT23 photos are tops for me. If forced to pick one, it would be the Brabham.

    • W. Blume says

      Yes, a Lola is always great mechanical eye candy for me and in this picture it appears to be “doing” something.

  5. Martin Lyle says

    1. Porsche 911 RSR of James Edwards during Wine Country Classic (photo credit: Dennis Gray)
    2. Jaguar D-Type drives into sunset at Algarve Historic Festival (photo credit: Jim Houlgrave)
    3. Alain de Cadenet driving the V12 Auto Union D-Type during Monterey Pre-Historics (photo credit: Bob Ross)

    I could go on…

  6. Allen Eden says

    Although many of the photos are superb my vote is

    1.ERA E-Type GP1 (silver) and Alfa Romeo Tipo B during Goodwood Revival

    2. Ferrari 250 TR of Jon Shirley during Wine Country Classic

    3.Jaguar D-Type drives into sunset at Algarve Historic Festival

  7. T. Megan says

    The Safari Z car picture is v. good, but my favorite is that yellow 356 at the Carrera, wonderful composition that –

  8. Nathan Beehl says

    This is my choice;
    Ferrari 250 SWB Breadvan driven by Max Werner during Silverstone Classic (photo credit: Silverstone Classic)

  9. Wil Ferch says

    Are we sure of the title description of the ERA?….sure looks like a pre-War Mercedes to me, as well as possibly an Alfa in the background.

    All the photos are superb…..how can you really choose?

  10. Gregory W. Lord says

    Most are great shots.
    The Porsche 356 shot is extremely well composed with it’s blurred yellow foreground, curving yellow wildflower-lined road, all complimenting the yellow car. It gets my vote for best shot.
    Thanks for the opportunity to see these great shots.
    Compliments to all of the photographers.

    Greg Lord

  11. Jim Casey says

    I vote for the Can-Am cars at Laguna, though the best vintage event I attended in 2009 was at Road America, with over 20 original GT 40’s, including all of the Le Mans winners.

  12. DP Hodgdon says

    While I love the isolation of the yellow Porsche in the La Carrera shot, and the motion in the red Lola, the category is best “Car Racing Photo”. Racing, to me, implies that there is more than one car on the track which is why my selection is the “Ferrari 625 TR during Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge at Circuit du Val De Vienne (photo credit: Ferrari)”

    Excellent shot all….

    • Jacob Proffer says

      I am pretty sure I am talking to the right person, I hope all is well I am out on the east coast and I remember you talking about VIR when I was in high school. If you are still active with the traveling I would love to catch up. Hope all is well and maybe this will make it to you somehow.

      My email is my first and last name at gmail.com

  13. says

    Ah…
    I have a special affection for the yumping Lister Jaguar LeMans coupe, too.

    In 1967, as a teenybopper on my first trip to the UK, I actually got to watch that car it action- touch it, even- during the Brunton Hill climb, which I attended with my gearhead uncle. Back then, the Lister was driven to the venue by its owner, with extra wheels and tyres impossibly stuffed behind the seats and in the passenger’s bucket.

  14. Rich Silverman says

    #7 edges out #17 for 1st in my humble opinion. Wheel lifted, great angle on the shot itself, it screams SPEED!

  15. Kim says

    I vote for Lola T70 Mk II prepares to dive under the Yokohama bridge at Road Atlanta (photo credit: Darren Pierson)

  16. Paul says

    McLaren M8C leads Can-Am pack during Monterey Historics
    this photo by Dennis Gray of CanAm machines in the Laguna Seca corkscrew is exciting.

  17. Steve Parmley says

    I’m a Z fan so I vote for the Datsun stirring up the African dust. I also have a soft spot for Can-Am having attend a few as a teenager at Laguna Seca.

    I was at this vintage event at Infineon the day before this happened but here’s a spectacular shot for Can-Am fans.
    http://jalopnik.com/5369475/gallery/5

  18. JohnnyK says

    As a jaguar owner I wanted to vote for the airborne jag until I saw the Porsche 908/3 leads Porsche 917K during Monterey Historics photograph. That Dennis Gray shot just stands out with the Gulf colors, great vehicle placement in the frame, and the cutting down into the curve stance. That is racing!

  19. Steve Gomes says

    Twenty incredible photos, but the one that really “captures the moment” for me is by Simon Wright, with the airborne Lister Jaguar prototype.

  20. says

    Well now, the BT23 is MY pick, perfect DOF, timing, framing. Spot on.
    Yes, that is most DEFINITELY the single ERA E type. I’ve sat in it!

    I couldn’t vote for the Breadvan, I have better shots from that race myself…

  21. Max Rossmassler says

    All great – but – by the standard of “what would I most like to have on my wall” my top 3 are:

    1. Lola T70-Yokohama
    2. Moss in the W196 Mercedes
    3. McLaren M8C leads the pack

    wouldn’t turn any of them down!

  22. Gerald Leffer says

    How can this be the first vote?? Amazing image to me, perhaps I am star-struck…

    Jochen Mass in Lancia-Ferrari D50 during Goodwood Revival

  23. Brett Hart says

    Bloody hell chaps, you’ve made this very difficult. Every photo I have seen in their particular articles & they stood out then;

    Max Werners Ferrari looks like it’s about to drive off a cliff & the front wheel angles tells me he is trying very hard!

    Lola T70 number 31 shows me tremendous speed

    Jochens Lancia-Ferrari D50 is beauty to re-think suicide!!

    Yellow Porsche 356 is so reminiscent of Targa Florio!

    BT23 because ‘Black Jack’ did something that no-one, repeat no-one, will ever do again!!

    M8F for it’s brutality

    908/917 for their exquisite eternal beauty, both of ‘em!!

    Sunset Jag for artsake

    but the photo which I think stands out for many reasons, some inexplicable, is Rick Bell’s Lola T333, could be inspired by that one for yonks!!

    Thankyou for the great site.

  24. steve snyder says

    Don’t mean to be out of phase, but my vote is for Richard Prince’s photo of Peter Giddings in his 250F Maserati shown in VeloceToday on 16 Dec. 2009.

  25. kevin says

    “Jeff Mincheff lifts a wheel in his Jaguar XKE Lightweight during Portland Historics (photo credit: Dennis Gray)”

    is just plan sexy

  26. Dennis Poledna says

    Lola T70 Mk II prepares to dive under the Yokohama bridge at Road Atlanta. Great shot, great car, and it reminded me of some good times at Riverside International Raceway.

  27. Hugh Marcum says

    Alain de Cadenet driving the V12 Auto Union D-Type during Monterey Pre-Historics.

    My winner because it’s the photo that makes me want to be there the most.

  28. Tom Gee says

    Difficult question, but McLaren M8C at Laguna takes the prize with the Auto Union D-Type a whisker behind in second.

  29. D Vierra says

    My choice of this wonderful group is Moss in the W194 with Mass in the D50 a close second. Moss’ 80th at Goodwood was proof that you really can go back with vivid emotion and Mass’ drive was inspiring.

  30. Morgan says

    Jon Shirley’s two pics are my favorites but of the two, the Shirley Alpha Romeo P3 shot is absolutely stunning and gets my vote!

    • says

      Johnny –

      We announced the winner in our weekly newsletter a few weeks ago. Our readers chose Darren Pierson’s Lola T70 Mk II at Road Atlanta as their favorite, followed by Simon Wright’s jumping Lister Jag and Dennis Gray’s Can-Am picture from Monterey.

      Thanks,

      SCD

  31. Joe buford says

    Love the Ferrari breadvan shot as well as the D-Type into the sunset. But for me the Lister catching ait is the Best Photo.

  32. Tom says

    Whaqt can you say. Aren’t they glorious! For my money, the Lister, the D Type, Brabham then all the Ferraris.

  33. David Randall says

    The E type , with a wheel in the air is my favorite. Then the D type .. see where I’m going here. For a non-Jaguar photo, I love the D 50.

  34. Jeremy says

    Well for me the vote for a atmospheric photo has to be the
    Brabham BT23. Just hear that sound and feel the breez and smell all from a photo…….perfect.

    It gets my vote

    Jeremy S

  35. Bruce Cadby says

    My favorite is Moss in the Mercedes Benz W194 at Goodwood. I have a picture of this car, #10 driven by Fangio at Spa in 1954. Its nice to see the car survived and is still out in the public eye doing what it was designed to do.

  36. John Matchison says

    Some of us remember visiting the Jaguar dealership in the 1960’s and being absolutely awed by the low, graceful architecture of the XKE. And sitting in one gave you that view across the long hood up front that you never forgot. Fifty years later and it’s still a magnificent machine to see on the road. Dennis Gray’s photo captures the power of this car. My vote–the Jaguar XKE.

    • Steve Parmley says

      Thanks John for reminding me of my first sighting of an XKE. I was around 10 yrs. old walking home from school and there it was in my own neighborhood. Impossibly low, long and sleek. A super model in suburbia. I measured the roof line on my body so I could describe it to my brother when I got home.

  37. Paul Smith says

    Some fantastic images to choose from again this year!
    #1 The Gulf Porsches at Laguna Seca:
    #2 The McClaren crowd at Laguna Seca;
    #3 The Datsun in dust;
    #4 Mincheff’s XKE at Portland;
    #5 Lola T70;
    I could go on, but the “gulf” blue Porsches win.

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