Logistics – Plastic Wrapped Car – Long Beach GP 1983

plastic-wrapped-car-lbgp83signBeyond their descriptive content there are two photographic issues affecting these pictures I took in the staging garage at the 1983 Long Beach Grand Prix.

I chose Ektachrome 400 transparency/slide film thinking its higher ASA speed would help me photograph handheld in existing light.  I hadn’t completely made the switch to Kodachrome which the majority of the professionals used.  There are important differences between the two films.

Briefly, color films are black and white films with an addition of a component called color couplers that translate the amount of exposed silver halide in each layer to the corresponding production of color dyes.  Ektachrome emulsions have the color couplers within the film itself making processing simpler but adding an additional molecular element to the structure of the image itself. Kodachrome has the color couplers within the processing chemicals making the development complex but, the final image is pure dye resulting in a more detailed and stable image.

At first my choice of Ektachrome 400 film bothered me because these images are grainy with a frustrating lack of precision and minute detail. The other technical issue is the color temperature spectrums and discontinuous output of the industrial lights in the garage that splash both greens and magentas across everything.   Throw in the daylight spilling through the large open garage doors and color balancing the images becomes a challenge.

But photographic difficulties aside, the images are what they are and I certainly can’t go back and reshoot. Through the years I’ve come to enjoy them for their cinema verité/street shooting quality so I pass them along to you as insights into the immensely complex logistical process of racing Formula 1 cars at venues around the world.

Logistics – Alfa Romeo Racing Spare Parts – Long Beach Grand Prix 1983

alfa-part-lbgp83signAt the 1983 Long Beach Grand Prix I enjoyed several days observing and photographing the complexity of logistics involved in shipping Formula One cars around the world and preparing them for racing.

On The Podium – Alain Prost Holds The First Place Trophy – British GP 1985

prost-trophy-hand-flag-eng85-signThank you for your support.  Happy Holidays to everyone. Best Wishes for a sane and peaceful New Year. I’ll be back posting in January 2017.

Thierry Boutsen In The Arrows BMW Signals To Start The Engine – British GP 1985

Engineer’s Hands, Digital Watch And Switch Panel – French GP 1985

hands-watch-switchpanel-france-85signThis Renault Engineer is wearing a Vema digital watch.  It is similar in design to 1980’s Casio and Seiko watches but I’ve been unable to discover anything about it.  If anyone has information please let me know.  Speaking of mid 80’s tech, the switch panel’s function is also a mystery.  The picture below shows its large size.  I can’t read any specifics about the pushbuttons in the original Kodachrome.  He is sitting on the pit wall and it is possible the panel is a method of recording times of other cars.  Again, any info is appreciated.

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HP Integral Computer – Belgian GP 1985

hpintegral-computer-spa85signThe Hewlett-Packard Integral Computer was introduced in 1984 with a built in electroluminescent screen and inkjet printer.  It needed AC power but was HP’s first “luggable” computer.  More information here: http://hpmuseum.net/display_item.php?hw=122.

Longines Timing Equipment – Austrian GP 1983

Programming The Bosch Motronic Digital Engine Control – TAG Porsche Engine – Belgian GP 1985

Engineers With McLaren TAG Porsche Engine – Belgian GP 1985

Tambay Describes His Car To Engineers While Film Crew Mounts Their Camera – Belgian GP 1985

tambay-describes-spa85signCheck out my April 9, 2012 post showing earlier film camera mounts.  In this GoPro age we’ve become so used to POV camera images it is difficult to realize there was a time where the on board view of an F1 car at speed was only known to the drivers.  There are a number of videos available on YouTube like Anatomie d’un Depart and DVD like “Lap of the Gods” and “50 Years of Formula 1 On Board”  which show archival  footage.

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