NOV 18th 2015

Gallery: Daytona Classic 24 at Dawn

For all the magic that surrounds a 24-hour race meeting, it’s usually the break of dawn that brings home to you the commitment of the teams, drivers and spectators, not to mention how truly tired you feel and how you find yourself in medical need of a shower and somewhere to sleep…

Plymouth Superbird Promo

As the sun began to announce its presence at last weekend’s Classic 24, those who’d either stayed up all night or set their alarms extra-early were treated to the majestic sight of Lola T70 Mk3Bs, Chevrons, Porsche RSRs and BMW CSLs (one driven by Daytona 24 Hour winner Brian Redman) tearing up Daytona’s famous banking, lights ablaze.

Daytona at dawn 181115

Of particular note was that the daylight revealed some damage to the (Lotus F1 team owner) Gerard Lopez/Frantz Wellborn Lola T70 (above). The car was presented as a tribute to the Penske-run T70 which won the 24 Hours of Daytona (blue paint and with correct Sunoco livery) in the hands of Chuck Parsons and Mark Donohue in 1969. What’s astonishing is that both cars were damaged in almost identical places and were repaired in a similar fashion (duct tape, naturally), despite being separated by 46 years!

We’re going to do a full-and-proper review of the event shortly, but before we do, get a feel for the place as day breaks. Oh and have we mentioned yet how we’re going to be spoiling you with on-board footage from the some of the greatest cars and drivers at the event? Sit tight …

Photography by Dave Ferguson

Share this