Well, after a long and brutal Detroit winter, racing season is back! I kicked off the year with my first trip to the 12 Hours of Sebring, which in it’s current incarnation is host to the second race in the Patron sponsored North American Endurance Cup and the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
For half a century spring breakers have flocked to this WWII Air Force base for a race once around the clock, incredibly nice weather, and healthy dose of debauchery.
Check out some photos which I had a ton of fun taking after the here!
I won’t get into details about the race itself (there are plenty of great sites that have already reported on the yellow flags and inexcusably poor officiating), but I will say that this was probably some of the most fun I’ve had at a race track. Both from a spectator and photography stand point this track is really ideal. It’s easy to get around, and thanks to a layout that tends to double back on itself a few times you can check out the action from multiple corners without having to walk a great distance in between. This is complimented by multiple bridges and a fenced in pathway that lets you walk between the chaos on the track and the chaos of the infield. From a photography standpoint it’s great for people without press credentials thanks to low fences which are rarely more than 20 ft from the track, and the light is magical throughout the day. Also if you can get your hands on a HOT pit pass, you can literally sit on the pit wall in a t-shirt and jeans during the race, which is nothing short of awesome.
I imagine in the 80s the infield must have been absolutely WILD. It’s packed full of RVs and elaborate campsites which tend to be decorated with empty beer cans, sexually provocative artifacts, and inappropriate signage. This crowd seems to be aging though, and I’m afraid their “Beaver Traps” and “Boob-O-Meters” aren’t attracting quite the amount of interaction they were 30 years ago. I must say I still found it highly entertaining, and it looked like everyone was having a good time. I did come across a pretty raucous group of young spring breakerz who were keeping it really real, and really loud. As you’ll find out below, they weren’t exactly there to make friends.
Oh and there was a pretty impressive bikini contest to break up the day, so yea…
Enjoy the photos!