Every time I visit Daytona International Speedway its as cold as ever — as if Florida decides to turn the heat off for a few days. But despite the chilly air and gusts of light rain, all of that was forgotten once I drove out of the Daytona Raceway entrance tunnel and heard the sound of vintage engines roaring past my vehicle.
For a moment I was in heaven, as two silver 1950’s SL 300s were gliding on top the asphalt of the steepest bank in turn nine. I stopped, and was in awe just seeing the two racing side by side, as if I were hovering over them, floating motionlessly watching from above.
Photo by Michael Rioux
For nearly three days, the Historical Sportscar Racing Association invites vintage race cars of every sort to participate in the 24 Hour Classic at Daytona International Speedway; and though the event is still its early growth stage of only its 5th year running, it’s quickly becoming one of the most relevant historic races on the globe.
Just walking through the paddocks one can see why. With a quick pass around the garages, I spotted legendary cars ranging from nearly every series including prototypes, Trans Am and even Nascar. Here, you’ll spot the legends that used to be. The cars you couldn’t get close to except from a lens in the grand stand. Yet, here there they are, being brought back to life, racing once again to push their limits and the possibility of catastrophe.