The Mitty is a long-running vintage race event held each year at Road Atlanta, just outside (predictably) Atlanta, Georgia. I’d never been before, but I know someone who lives in the area, and it seemed like a good way to spend a weekend, so off I went.
Much of the motivation was, of course, to photograph the event. Regular readers here will recall my affinity for vintage cars, and in particular vintage race cars driven in anger. I loaded up with Tri-X and Portra 160, plus a lonely roll of TMax 400 I had lying around for some reason. I brought two cameras: my Canon P with the usual 35/50/90 kit for general black-and-white shooting, and my Pentax SFX with the recently-acquired 200/4 for color work.
The track itself is big – 2.5 miles – with lots of elevation changes, so walking around to different spots was a workout, especially in the bright sun that prevailed throughout the weekend. As with many vintage race events, the cars ran short races in multiple groups classed by era and type. There were also a few longer (one hour) endurance races with larger fields made up of multiple classes.
As always at a race, I spent a fair bit of time in the paddock. Vintage events usually have an open paddock, meaning you can get right up next to the cars without any problem, even as they’re lining up to head to the grid. Owners, drivers, and crew are usually very casual and happy to chat when they aren’t actively working on the cars.
I shot eight rolls of film in two days at the track, so there’s no shortage of photos (even taking into account the blurry ones that are almost inevitable when panning at a race). I’ll post more in coming days, and eventually put them in a gallery of their own.