When I was asked to photograph the 2010 ACNW Quattrofest/Frank Beddor Nationals at Portland International Raceway (PIR), I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. It is always fun for me to “shoot” cars on track – or cars doing anything! I thought, sure this could be fun. The racing season is over and here is a chance to still play with my cameras around cars! Little did I realize just how much fun this was going to be. What made this event so much fun? Simple, the people and the cars! Quattrofest is an amazing event.
The organizers and participants were so friendly and helpful. The event had some of the best organization and management I have seen (and I have seen plenty of events in 30 plus years of photographing cars). The cars-Audis! Need I say more? Did I mention the weather? There was very little rain – and that is a big deal here in Oregon, if you know what I mean. Photos of cars in the rain are some of the best but it is just a little more comfortable taking the photos in dry weather.
Once I “got oriented” and figured out how the events at PIR were organized, I could then set about looking for camera angles and how to best capture the atmosphere and action. Quattrofest was set up in two parts. One was a day of several tours around Northwest Oregon and part of Southwest Washington-up the Columbia River Gorge and out to the Oregon Coast, driving over Mount Hood and through Oregon wine country. Unfortunately I was not tasked with photographing the tours but pictures brought back by the participants said what a wonderful time was had by all! The second part of Quattrofest was several learn and practice driving skills – management of a car on wet/slippery surface, emergency braking, collision avoidance and a slalom.
So with four simultaneous functions and over 100 cars I was pretty busy! That was just the morning of day 1! That did not include the cars on the race track. See day two. In the afternoon participants were treated to an autocross layout. This is always fun to “shoot.” Day two was a repeat of day one so I took the opportunity to photograph the cars that opted (which was most) to spend their time on the race track learning or honing more car handling skills. Clearing skies and radiant morning sunshine offered ample opportunities to take some terrific pictures in a way I don’t usually see at PIR. Fall foliage as a backdrop is a treat we don’t get during the normal racing season. All-in-all this was a great way to spend my weekend in conversation with nice people and photographing beautiful cars! It doesn’t get any better than that…See more Quattrofest pictures