Steven Hill’s 1963 Ferrari 250P.
Steven Hill’s 1963 Ferrari 250P.

HMSA LSR Invitational 2016 – Report and Photos

The HMSA LSR Invitational 2016 was staged March 28 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The one-day Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) event saw a selection of historic racing cars challenge the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course in Salinas, California.

The glorious sounds from a Ferrari V-12, Chevrolet V-8 and a flat-six Porsche were among those echoing off the hills around Laguna Seca at full song. HMSA’s annual LSR Invitational once again attracted some amazing cars, such a Ferrari 250P; Maserati 250F; Lancia LC2; Shadow DN4 Can-Am; McLaren M8FP Can-Am and Porsche 911 Carrera RSR; among others.

This testing session served as a tune-up for the upcoming two-day HMSA Spring Club Event, scheduled for April 9-10 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Drivers enjoyed four 20-minute sessions and a catered lunch where the bench racing was almost as good as what was happening on track.


Similar to 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Sports Car Digest also documented the 2016 running of the HMSA LSR Invitational, with Senior Photographer Dennis Gray offering the following images highlighting the quality participants at this year’s March event. We split up Dennis’ pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view, while the second gallery begins on the last page of the gallery and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.

HMSA LSR Invitational 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery

Chris Farrell - 1982 March 821.
Chris Farrell – 1982 March 821.
Brian Groza - 1975 Sauber C4.
Brian Groza – 1975 Sauber C4.
Mike Thurlow - 1979 Tyrrell 009.
Mike Thurlow – 1979 Tyrrell 009.

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"Baby Doll" Morgan +4.
“Baby Doll” Morgan +4.
Tom Byrnes - 1964 Brabham BT8.
Tom Byrnes – 1964 Brabham BT8.
1983 Lancia LC2
1983 Lancia LC2

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  1. Before any comments on the limited number of camera placements let me say that the event was a one day event. I chose the three placements to give the best view of the cars in transition in the time I had to shoot. By mid afternoon the cold wind was blowing gravel and sand into my lens and me off the course. Back this weekend for a two day HMSA event and with a little weather luck it will rain. Nothing like rain to liven up the photography.

  2. It was windy going into the Corkscrew, thought a couple of times my RSR moved over a foot when the gust came. Great Job once again Dennis and a very fun event….all us “TUBSTERS” had a great time ! Best, Steve

  3. Once again fantastic job on bringing the action so close .. You know a potographer has capturing the moment when you can smell the burning Avon rubber and there is simply no aroma as sweet as excess Caster EarL sizzling on a hot Hooker header.

  4. That’s the way to shoot racing – close ups of cars at speed, tight crops, and no fakey tilts. I’ve shot trackside at Laguna-Seca many times (before photogs were prohibited by fencing) and sometimes it was in pouring rain and my feet became mud balls. But racing in rain produces wonderful photoswhich are more easily sold to leading publications. Very satisfying shots!

  5. I can’t believe you are apologizing for the camera shots. They are awesome. Wish I was there but now I feel like I was.