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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…)

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…)

Google Unveils Exciting and Terrifying Future of Automated Driving, in a Cute Package

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Text by Bryce Womeldurf, photography by Google

Automation, it’s happening everywhere. Many of us have bid goodbye to notebooks, personal digital assistants, paper calendars, but is the steering wheel really headed for extinction? I mull over the positive, negative, and possible unexpected side effects of an automated driving future after the jump. (more…)

Festivals of Speed: From Roadsters To Racecars

Festivals of Speed, St Pete
Re-published from Hooniverse, text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

A few times a year, there is a Concours d’Elegance held in Florida called the Festivals of Speed. These photos are from the event in St Petersburg back in April. I was hoping to show them sooner, but was sidetracked for a while with a broken coolant temperature sensor connector in my Miata. But that’s a story for another time. Here, at last, are the photos from that hot sunny day. (more…)

Big Meet For A Small Car: Miatapalooza 2013

Roadster at Miatapalooza
Re-published from Hooniverse, text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

In the past, I’d been to what I thought of as large car meets. Forty or fifty Subarus? Sure! That’s enormous! But I recently learned that it really isn’t. I’d heard that the Miata community was large, but little did I know how big it really is until I recently attended this year’s Miatapalooza in Lakeland, Florida, a parking lot celebration of every generation of Mazda’s diminutive roadster. (more…)

2013 Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg

It is always exciting this time of year when the Honda Grand Prix takes over the streets of St Pete, but this year was especially thrilling, because I got to shoot as part of the photographer pool for the Grand Prix. This was closer than I’ve ever gotten to see the track, the drivers, the pit lane, and well… everything!
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Honda Grand Prix track construction

Early on Friday morning, I attended the beginning of the construction of the street course that is annually built on the streets of St Pete for the Honda Grand Prix.

These massive wall pieces weight 12,000 pounds each! They will make up the safety wall of the track. The track is put together piece by piece, with interlocking parts almost like a very large set of Legos. (more…)