This is not a staged photograph. This is a moment just before Stacie B. London makes a run at the storied El Mirage dry lake bed. I have mentioned before that I’m always watching to get a glimpse of what it may be like for the drivers moments before being given the go-ahead to fly down the course. The adrenaline, the pre-visualization, the nerves and the focus required to set a record is fascinating to me, as are the incredible people that work so tirelessly to achieve these historic milestones. I just happened to be at the starting line with my ridiculously huge 1930’s 4x5” Graflex as Stacie was preparing for her run. Thank you photography gods.
As I have been observing and working to capture on film small glimpses of what it takes and how it feels to be here I am drawn to certain teams and drivers that seem to have that something extra that really draws me in and inspires me to try to share their passion with all of you. Although I have never “officially” met Stacie I have seen first-hand and heard from people that I know and respect just how passionate and dedicated she and her team are to this endeavor, and it’s showing results. With records set and goals achieved I’m sure she’s already moving on to find new records to break and barriers to move.
Congratulations on your successes so far and much respect for your dedication and drive to achieve. You are and inspiration and wonderful example of what this sport is and should be.
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