Regular readers will recall that Ken Durham recently shared four photos he shot at the 1967-69 Champ Car races at Hanford Motor Speedway.
Well, good news: Durham, a longtime motorsports journalist, has dug even deeper into his files and shared more than a dozen fantastic shots from the 1968-69 Hanford races, including several terrific portraits of Bobby Unser, Johnny Rutherford and Joe Leonard.
I've included Ken's captions pretty much verbatim because he's provided nice detail that kinda puts you at the track and draws on his experience as a racing journalist. And remember, Durham was only a teen-ager when he snapped these images, setting the stage for a future career.
Thanks again to Ken and GearHead Photography for allowing us to share these treasures.
I really like this image of Bobby Unser from the 250-mile race in November 1968.
You can see the dirt on Unser's face as well as the imprint of his goggles after a tough race. The black and white adds a depth to the image, which captures the face of an American icon that you'd still recognize today.
Same goes for the shot above of a very innocent-looking Rutherford, who was still carving his path in Champ Car racing at the time.
Ken's portraits of Mike Mosley, right, and Joe Leonard, below, are almost like paintings.
Like the images of Rutherford and Unser above, they catch both drivers in moments of reflection.
Leonard had a full career as a motorcycle racer before taking on Champ Cars, and this photo captures a strength that I bet opened up more than a few doors during his time.
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