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About the AuthorBrad Bowling has been writing about and photographing cars for magazines since 1985. He was a member of the board of directors of the Mustang Club of America and has been the editor of Mustang Times, associate editor of Mustang Illustrated, editor of Old Cars Weekly News & Marketplace, director of website development for Charlotte Motor Speedway, and editor of Cars & Parts. Bowling served on Saleen Autosport's public relations staff in the late 1980s. He is also the author of 14 auto-related books.
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Category Archives: Charlotte Motor Speedway
I went out to the speedway today to check in on the AutoFair display vehicles – many of which I’ve been writing about for several weeks. My favorite of the batch this time is the Flatmobile, which you may read about on this page.
Here is what I did yesterday for Charlotte Motor Speedway. The photos will make more sense if you first read my press release about the bulletproof car display for the Food Lion AutoFair on this page.
My Canon 7D has a great video function built in. I used it and my 200mm lens with 1.4:1 extension to capture the moment the first bullet attempted to penetrate the armored Suburban. For this initial shot, all media and speedway staff were asked to stand behind a building on the firing range property in case of a ricochet. For all subsequent firings, we were able to stand within 20 yards of the vehicles. (I recommend watching the video at full screen with your speakers turned on for full effect.)
The first set of photos is what happened when two deputies from the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Dept. fired rounds from assault rifles into the driver’s window of The Streit Group’s armored 2011 Chevrolet Suburban.
Here is what the owner of a regular Suburban can expect with one shot to his window.
After the media display, the deputies had some target practice with a pane of bulletproof glass The Streit Group brought for demonstration purposes. Even after eight or more hits from the assault rifles, the back of the pane was still intact and smooth to the touch.
This next batch of photos is just a representation of the Media Day activities.
Ah, the joy of getting to a TV station at 6:45 a.m. on a Sunday! Well, at least I didn’t have to load a car on a trailer like the folks who generously brought this Toyota rock crawler. Bill and Judy Vickers also set the alarm clock to drive out in their 1957 Chevy.
This short clip was coordinated to promote the fall version of the 2011 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The public relations department at Charlotte Motor Speedway hired me to photograph the Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash being held at The Dirt Track Saturday night. Rain limited my flexibility with lenses and flash, but I feel I captured the look of a muddy good time.
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s p.r. department asked me to photograph the press conference today in which Governor Beverly Perdue made stock car racing North Carolina’s official sport. The governor told the story of how a group of fourth- and fifth-grade students from Lake Norman Elementary School and Mt. Mourne IB School in Iredell County originated the bill and spent a year getting it passed. Other attendees included NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees Ned Jarrett and Bobby Allison, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan, and CMS President and General Manager Marcus Smith.
Here are some of the photographs I took for the speedway.
I spent the afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway photographing this very unusual and beautiful 1965 Ford Mustang station wagon.
Here is a sneak sample from the photo shoot that really shows off the car’s “shooting brake” or “estate wagon” nature. The full story is scheduled to appear in the November 2011 issue of Mustang Monthly magazine.