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Rear View Mirror 7-3-17

John Schommer
Monday, July 3, 2017


It’s the day before the 4th of July here at Turn 10 and today I bring you a brief edition of Rear View Mirror to showcase a couple of events. First of all, the Goodwood Festival of Speed happened this past weekend and Turn 10 was in attendance along with some prominent Forza fans.


Secondly, the NW Historics vintage races took place this weekend just outside Seattle. This is a favorite local event of mine and I treasure the time photographing these classic racecars from trackside. So without further adu, let’s get into this photographically focused edition of Rear View Mirror.


Goodwood Festival of Speed

For Forza influencer, YouTuber and top driver Don Joewon Song, his first trip to Goodwood is one we doubt he will forget. Don was invited by Turn 10 and Porsche to come and get the VIP treatment at one of the world’s most prestigious car events.



Among the opportunities that came with this invite was a ride up the famous Goodwood Hillclimb in a 2017 Porsche GT3 that you can watch below.  You can also take a look at the photos he took while he was there.



Dzero4 summed up the event like this: “Goodwood Festival of Speed is widely regarded as the world's premier car show, with thousands of people from all corners of the world descending on the Goodwood Estate to witness the occasion.” Dzero4 was there taking photos and here are a couple of great shots from him. You can check out the rest of his photos in this album I posted.


Part of the experience this year at Goodwood was a full-motion racing rig with the Forza Motorsport 7 demo available for play. “Oh my God, it is amazing,” Dzero4 said.



Skreamies was also at the FOS and was taken by the full size remote control cars from Tamiya that were on hand and got up close and personal with not only a Singer Porsche 911 but the brand new 2017 Porsche 911 GT2 RS that was making its first car show appearance after of course debuting at E3 as the cover car for Forza Motorsport 7.



“The overall conclusion is if you're a petrol head who’s a fan of motorbikes, prewar cars, muscle, tuner, sports cars & super cars Goodwood Festival of Speed is the true place to be with four days full of craziness,” Skreamies said. You can take a look at his album of Goodwood photos here.



NW Historics

Back on this side of the Atlantic, the NW Historic vintage race weekend was taking place at nearby Pacific Raceways. This track has an amazing history going back to the Trans Am series. Along with its long front straight where cars hits speeds in excess of 160 mph, the back side of the track is an undulating descent and climb that is full of challenging curves.



This event is where I first got my feet wet shooting cars from trackside and it’s still one of my favorites. Every year there are new cars showing up in the many classes that range from big bore race cars and GT cars to 2.0 liter and under cars, Formula Fords, and more.



The biggest treat for me this year was the return of the most documented racing Beetle, “Gilbert”. I spent a lot of time focusing on this car and learning some of his racing provenance. Some other notable new entries included a Volvo P1800, and a Trans Am racing Datsun 280ZX. And where else are you going to see a car like that Datsun on track racing against retired NASCARs?



I’ll be posting more photos over the next couple weeks after I get a chance to edit some of them. You can also take a look at the photos and videos I posted on the Heavy Metal Affliction Instagram.



Since tomorrow is the 4th of July and around here that means things exploding everywhere to celebrate Independence Day, that means the #TuesdayDrive will be taking the day off. Mechberg will be streaming on #ForzaFriday at 3 p.m. Pacific and you can catch me next Tuesday.