Trans Am SpeedFest: The Morning On Kodak Gold
Vintage Race, Vintage Setup

There’s nothing quite like a race weekend, especially a historic one.

It’s a special experience to be trackside as hundreds others have in decades past, seeing the same machines fly by in anger. This is a topic I’ve talked a lot about in recent days, so I won’t beat a dead horse. At least, I’ll try not to.

Last weekend’s trip to Laguna Seca was also one of several in recent months, so I opted for a change of pace this time around. Because no matter what anyone says, you simply can’t do the same thing over and over. This weekend I’d live and die by a new film body.


For the day I’d primarily be using my recent purchase, a Canon EOS-1 V. This was Canon’s flagship model a decade-and-a-half ago, a body which I figured would be more than up to snuff when it came to racing. It’s crazy to think how much things have changed since then, but it means you can score a capable camera like this for next to nothing. No excuses, then.


For the first roll of the day I settled on an expired canister of Kodak Gold 200, the last of the aged stuff from my grandfather’s camera bag. I don’t think it was as old as the last one I pinched from him, but it was a good bit grainier and darker than I would expect of a fresh box of Gold 200. Regardless, without further ado…

Kodak Gold 200

In recent months I’ve become obsessed with the idea of experiencing vintage racing in the exact same way as a photographer from the ’80s or ’90s might have.


Technology, cars, tracks and landscapes change, but the incredible quality of film never will. I know I’m a bit late to the game being impressed with film, but it just shows it’s never too late to learn new tricks, even ones which are decades — centuries, even — old.


As equally as I am enamored by the offbeat quality of this analog medium, I will never fail to see the beauty of a paddock full of cantankerous old machinery in the early morning hours. The soft light and morning fog lingering around Laguna Seca just made the awesome turnout at the Trans Am SpeedFest all the better for me.


New or old, the number of man-hours poured into these cars is nothing short of amazing. Even when things go well, you still have to actually make it to the track, along with the car, a crew, and a trailer-full of spares when the inevitable finally happens.


Peeking around the paddock in the morning, I prepared myself (mostly my ears) for the loads of awesome old school cars which would be shortly screaming away on track. I can never quite place what it is that makes these older cars so much more enjoyable to me, but I’ll never miss the opportunity to reiterate how special they are.


Every time I head to a historic event I learn something new — many things, really. There are so many stories around the paddock during a weekend like this; these cars hide so much history.


The fact that these cars live on will always impress me, and I sincerely hope they never die.


Next up, the racing itself.

Trevor Yale Ryan
Instagram: tyrphoto



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man trevor you're killing it! these rolls are so good


Thanks Rick!


These are spectacular! I vividly remember the days of trying to get perfect shots with my dad's 35mm. And you never knew what you got until they came back in the mail. Have to admit, I haven't liked much of the 35mm stuff being posted all over as of late but these really help to open my eyes and appreciate the old medium much more. Looking forward to the racing shots.



Yeah, I remember my parents' 35mm cameras giving me a really hard time. Helps to have some idea what you're doing haha glad you enjoyed it


The photography is just golden
Really the old style is just amazing


Just love the coverage, and the tone of all these images, Trevor. So glad that someone is covering these type of events on Speedhunters.


Thanks Chad. I'll always make time for the Historic stuff, definitely my favorite way to spend a weekend.

John Krzeminski

Nice photos in this series, I just wish there were more pictures of the cars.


Thanks, but there are only 24 shots on a roll and each one is in here. There's much more to the story than just the cars...


These photos look awesome! I actually ended up shooting about 8 rolls the next day for the Ferrari Racing Days event. How did you get your film developed so quickly?


Awesome! I stopped by Bay Photo in Soquel in person, which was my go-to shop when I lived near Santa Cruz. Had my scans by Sunday afternoon.

Still waiting for my E6 stuff, though, as they had to mail that to San Francisco for processing. But if you mail C41 rolls in yourself it's pretty quick. Just slows down when shops have to send to shops and so on...


"Cantankerous!" I love it. Piloting a modern-day road-racing car, say a GT3 machine, obviously takes balls and skill-- but not the use of a full steering wheel, or a shifter that takes guidance. Listening to modern V10s howl through sequential dogboxes is fun, yet maybe too predictable and perfect. It's nowhere near as fun (to me) as watching cars full of foibles, roaring as their drivers pitch them crazily past their limits and somehow around another lap.

Awesome photos. Keep up the epic coverage.


Spectacular! Some of these capture a truly awesome sight and really give a feel of what it might have been like back when some of these things were thundering around in their day. Great work dude!


Was really hoping to spot the Audi IMSA GTO Quattro, but it's more of a Unicorn, than a rare diamond.

Rafał Szulejko

Holy crap, I love these analog film posts here on SH.


Sweet, there are a handful more coming!


Please more expired 35mm goodness on SH! So much wallpaper material here

Connor Tulloch

Great stuff! Man, I wish I had the ability to take photos with HALF the quality of yours, even with a DSLR.


Thanks Connor!