First Drive: 2014 Jeep Cherokee

2014 Jeep Cherokee

At first glance, the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee seems like it won’t likely win any beauty prizes. The new design is as polarizing as it is purposeful. Not in the traditional boxy, no frills sense of purposeful, but as far as efficiency, it is a very slick body shape. I’ll be honest… the first time I saw a photo of it, I did not like it at all. It has since then slowly started to grow on me, and in person, it’s far more appealing.

I had a chance to sample the all-new machine. I didn’t drive one of them though, I drove three of them. … Continue Reading

V.I.S.I.T. – Typical English Sports Car Edition


On my way to lunch on Tuesday, I spotted a bright turquoise-colored rear fender peeking out from a parking space. Could it be a Morgan 4/4, here on the streets of Florida? I got a little closer and found myself face to face with what looked like a baby Lotus 7 from the front and a Morgan from the back, but what about that windshield? That looked very familiar somehow. The back end said “Arkley SS” with SS lettering that looked like it may have been taken from a late model SS trim Chevrolet. … Continue Reading

Festivals of Speed: From Roadsters To Racecars


A few times a year, there is a Concours d’Elegance held in Florida called the Festivals of Speed. These photos are from the event in St Petersburg back in April. I was hoping to show them sooner, but was sidetracked for a while with a broken coolant temperature sensor connector in my Miata. But that’s a story for another time. Here, at last, are the photos from that hot sunny day. … Continue Reading

Speed Record Car is a Time Capsule of Mystery


Among the vast collection of glossy vehicles showcased at last April’s Festival of Speed in St. Petersburg, Florida, one of these cars was not like the others and really pulled some attention away from the more polished rides. A recently unearthed land speed record car stood out in all its beautiful decay. While the current owner believes it was a land speed record car based on an early 1930’s Pierce Arrow, very little documentation can be found to back that claim up. Regardless of its possible racing heritage, this car was loaded with some fascinating vintage, homebrewed technology and it is a testament to the rich, grass-roots American racing history.  … Continue Reading

Big Meet For A Small Car: Miatapalooza 2013

Bryce Womeldurf April 30, 2013 Car Shows

Big Meet For A Small Car: Miatapalooza 2013

In the past, I’d been to what I thought of as large car meets. Forty or fifty Subarus? Sure! That’s enormous! But I recently learned that it really isn’t. I’ve heard that the Miata community was large, but little did I know how big it really is until I recently attended this year’s Miatapalooza in Lakeland, Florida. This is a parking lot celebration of every generation of the diminutive roadster from Mazda. … Continue Reading

2013 Honda GP takes over the streets of St. Petersburg

2013 honda gp

It is always exciting this time of year when the Honda Grand Prix takes over the streets of St Pete, but this year was especially thrilling, because I got to shoot the event as part of the photographer pool. This was closer than I’ve ever gotten to see the track, the drivers, the pit lane, and well… everything!

If you don’t know, Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg is an annual IndyCar race that’s driven on a street course, built every year on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida. There are typically Indy cars running throughout the weekend as well as Historics, Pirelli World Challenge (production based race cars), and USF2000 and Pro Mazda, which are smaller Mazda MZR and rotary powered open wheel cars. These are stepping-stones towards driving in the IndyCar series and eventually, for the very best, Formula 1. It’s a loud, raucous, exhaustingly good time.

Thankfully, this year the heat and humidity stayed away for an additional week more than it normally would. I was out there all day Friday through Sunday and, aside from some very sparse sprinkling rain and heavy wind on Sunday, it was mostly just cool and overcast. The perfect weather for shooting racecars!  (…and also grid girls.)

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