Travis Engen, 05 Audi R8
Travis Engen, 05 Audi R8

Classic 24 Hour Daytona 2015 – Picture Gallery

The Classic 24 Hour Daytona 2015 was not a vintage event. It was a historical recreation. Presented by Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) on November 11-15, the race weekend recreated the history of endurance racing at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway.

In the span of 24 hours, those in attendance got to see cars from five decades, divided by age, not performance, race against their peers on the same venue they competed in period. From the Lola T70 and Matra MS 630 of the 1960s, through the Greenwood Corvette, BMW CSL and Porsche 935 of the 1970s, the Porsche 962 and Jaguar XJR of the 1980s to the 21st century’s Audi R8, Pescarolo LMP and today’s Daytona Prototypes, it was all there.

Some of these cars were driven by the drivers that originally raced them. Jochen Mass, Brian Redman, Bobby Rahal, Jim Pace and Shane Lewis were among the many drivers from different eras that competed at HSR’s 2015 Classic 24 Hour at Daytona. They signed autographs and participated in a symposium recounting races past. There was also a John Greenwood tribute to honor the late builder and driver of the awesome Greenwood Corvettes that raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona in the 1970s.

Along with seeing cars recreate history, there was the experience of living through 24 hours of racing. Participants — drivers, crew or spectators — felt the pageantry and excitement of the start. They saw day turn to night, and the cars morph from gaily painted to brightly lit. They sat, watching the cars go by, lap after lap, perhaps allowing the hypnotizing effect of this to overcome them.

Dawn brought its energizing quality. It was also when one checked to see who was still out there racing, and who did not survive the night. And though it felt like the end is in sight, there were still six hours of racing to go. Then the finish, the celebration of success (just making it to the end was success to many) and exhaustion overtaking body and mind.

One of the entries to this year’s event was a tribute 1969 Lola T-70 built by Broadley Automotive (think Eric Broadley, founder of Lola cars). It was painted the same Sunoco blue as the Roger Penske owned Lola that won in 1969 with Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons driving. The car at this year’s race suffered front end damage, and completed the race with duct tape keeping the damaged bodywork in place, just like the 1969 winner did.

That’s one hell of a historical recreation.

Similar to 2014, photographer David Ferguson also documented the Classic 24 Hour Daytona 2015. We split up David’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of SCD, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.

Classic 24 Hour Daytona 2015 – Featured Picture Gallery

Don Ahearn, 67 Porsche 911 being passed by 69 Lola T70.
Don Ahearn’s 1967 Porsche 911 being passed by a 1969 Lola T70 Mk IIIB.
Trenery/Trenery 64 Corvette
Father and Son – Trenery and Trenery in their 1964 Chevrolet Corvette
DeDantis/Moore 67 Alfa GT takes the low groove, giving room to the approacing Tom O'Callaghan/Bruce Ellsworth driven 72 Porsche 911
DeDantis/Moore 1967 Alfa Romeo GT takes the low groove, giving room to the approacing Tom O’Callaghan/Bruce Ellsworth driven 1972 Porsche 911

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Old and new, big and small, fast and faster.
Old and new, big and small, fast and faster.
Scott Turner, 66 Shelby GT350
Scott Turner, 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350
Tape holding the bodywork in place, just as it did to the Lola T70 that won in 1969.
Tape holding the bodywork in place, just as it did to the Lola T70 that won in 1969.

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  1. Great photos and many thanks for capturing them for us David, but can anyone tell me where the great Chaparral cars ended up and why no one with deep pockets races or makes replica body parts of such an important series of cars? They were by far my favorites as a kid growing up in the sixties and I’d love to see pictures of them again! I have been to the Petroleum Museum site but feel they deserve to be on a track racing with the peers of the day.

  2. Thank you David for the beautiful works of art. Were were there and everyone did a great job.Next year Leman, Can’t wait,