Journal: The Weekend Is All About The Pits

The Weekend Is All About The Pits

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
July 24, 2015
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Photography by Rémi Dargegen, Peter Aylward, & Jayson Fong

We read a lot about cars, and when reviewing historical racing books we often sink into photos of how the pits used to look. Far more casual, with—depending on the era—a number of dangerous-looking details, the pit lane used to be a place you could hang out during a race.

How things have changed.

Today, the pits are a feature of global TV coverage, and mechanics are celebrated for how quickly they’re able to do their jobs. The large sunglasses-wearing, fur coat-sporting VIPs? Shuffled off, in the case of Formula 1, into their very own club. Big business.

Even more casual racing leagues today, from Formula Ford to stock cars resemble modern-day F1, and not the grassroots motorsports that racers like Jim Clark and Alberto Ascari experienced. Put another way, your local open track day is probably organized to a higher standard than the final Targa Florio in 1977.

But whether from the heyday of motorsport or an event to be held this weekend, the pit lane is the living, breathing core of a race track. Let these images of more modern vintage race weekends inspire you to pay closer attention to what happens in the pit lane this weekend, and if you have a camera, spend a bit more time seeing what you’re able to capture—you may be delighted with the results. 

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Steely
Steely

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Steely
Steely

I noticed that too, some people don’t seem to realise that they are working and keep out of the way, it’s a shame because the openness of the pits is one of the things that makes these events interesting to me, I don’t want to pay extra for pit access, but I suppose as these events continue to attract crowds it becomes distracting for the crews and a potential h&s issue. A couple more from Silverstone..

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson

I’ve just spent all weekend messing around in the pits at Silverstone, it’s the only place to be. Do it while you can… There seemed to be a huge number of people taking pictures and some of the teams have started roping off their areas, I can only imagine it will become the norm, they are trying to do some serious work in there.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

My father was a crew chief, so I naturally spent a lot of time in the paddock. Yes, that is where stories unfold, and where you will still likely find me!

Steely
Steely

Here’s one from the Silvertone Classic today

Steely
Steely

I spend a lot of my time at classic meets in and around the pits, it’s where you see the cameradery and drama unfold, it’s where you get the photos that sum up an event.