Tampa Bay Miatas Wednesday Night Meet – BBQ and Bayshore Edition

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Text and Photography by Bryce Womeldurf

With my Miata having been broken since the end of last September, I hadn’t made it out to a single meet since last year. With that finally sorted out thanks to Maztech, I attended a meet on Wednesday. Hosted by Tampa Bay Miatas and Spinnywhoosh Graphics, this was a “BBQ and Bayshore” meet at Kojak’s House of Ribs with a cruise down South Tampa’s Bayshore Blvd and ending on Davis Island. This was the kick-off event of 2016 for regularly scheduled meets with the bay area’s Miata enthusiasts. (more…)

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HoonArt Attends The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: The Living Car Museum of Your Dreams

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Text and Photograph by Bryce Womeldurf

Despite being threatened by rain this year, the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance went off without a hitch. Fog and overcast conditions had been recurrent throughout the weekend, so the awards had to be given out earlier than planned. The Amelia is quite a large event with auctions, a Cars & Coffee (we’ll soon have photos from this to show), the Concours d’Elegance, and a host of dinners and seminars. Possibly because the event takes place on an island, classic and exotic cars were around every corner on the green and also on the streets outside the events. From the new McLaren 675LT and 570 to your left to a tiny Audi relic you’ve never seen or heard of to your right, it was all there including more Pegaso sports cars than you’re likely to see anywhere else in the world, not to mention a Phantom Corsair. Past the jump is a fresh collection of photographs from this past Sunday at the Concours.  (more…)

It’s Not Every Day That You See an Icon Driven by a Legend

Valentino Balboni driving a Lamborghini Miura on Amelia Island
Re-shared from Hooniverse
Text and Photograph by Bryce Womeldurf

Over the weekend, I attended the Amelia Island Cars & Coffee and their 21st annual Concours d’Elegance. While there on Saturday, my wife and I were waiting to be shuttled to our parking area, when a Lamborghini Miura drove by a few times. On one pass, I captured some photographs of it approaching on the straight and rounding the corner. Later that night, looking through the raw files, the driver’s head and face, for some reason, looked very familiar… When I zoomed the image up to full size, I recognized him immediately; the retired legendary Lamborghini chief test driver, Valentino Balboni. Can someone help me get my jaw up off the floor?  (more…)

A First Timer’s Guide to the 12 Hours of Sebring

Shooting Sebring at Sunset

Text by Bryce Womeldurf
Photography by Bryce and Nina Womeldurf

With March arriving this week, the Rolex 24 is now behind us and we’re looking forward to the 12 Hours of Sebring. This seemed like a great opportunity for me to offer some advice for those wanting to photograph there and at similar events. When I first attended Sebring last year, I searched online for tips on what to bring to the track and how to go about watching the race in the best, most enjoyable way. My results were a bit hit and miss at the time, so I managed as well as I could from what I’d found. But this year, I decided to write a sort of unofficial guide for others seeking to attend the race.  (more…)

(Car) Culture Shock: A First-Timer’s Account of the Daytona 500

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NASCAR is a form of motorsport that often gets a bad rap from some car enthusiasts. It’s easy to dismiss it as a dull overload of a marketing ad blitz, with cars simply running in circles (at Daytona, they refer to it as a tri-oval). I’d never really followed NASCAR closely and hadn’t watched a race on TV since Dale Earnhardt Sr. was alive, but I was curious. Why is it so popular? Perhaps something wasn’t translating well from first hand experience to broadcast. Time to open the mind and step out of my comfort zone, so I decided to venture out for my first NASCAR experience, the 2016 Daytona 500.  (more…)

A Caturday of a Different Kind

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Text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

When we last left off with our little red friend, Roadster, the Miata, it had run for two years with a slightly rough idle surge that had suddenly gotten much worse to the point of stalling at the end of September. After weeks of research, I was convinced that I knew why it was stumbling to idle correctly and why power was down so significantly. The idle was rough and the car felt like it hit a head wind at 4000rpm where it would struggle to reach 5500rpm and would then refuse to go any higher. What seemed like choking, I reasoned, could only be caused by a clogged catalytic converter (“cat” for short). There were no apparent vacuum leaks, and the spark plugs and ignition wires were practically new, as was the timing belt, which I had installed only a few months prior. All of the inexpensive alternative solutions seemed to be ruled out, so it seemed that it could only be the cat. Being a little thin on cash when these symptoms appeared, I examined my options. The search for the right cat had begun.  (more…)

HoonArt Attends the Rolex24 at Daytona

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Text and Photography by Bryce Womeldurf

It all started as a quick decision. The Wednesday before the annual 24 hour race in Daytona, I decided to attend the Rolex24. This year’s race would be the racing debut of the new Ford GT supercar, and there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to capture some photographs of it. Little did I know it would be such an exciting and unusual race.  (more…)