Monday, October 08, 2007

Home from Road Atlanta...

Arrived home from Atlanta (or, more correctly, Gastonia, NC) this morning at 0330. A bit exhausted, I went right to sleep in my own bed for the first time in a week. Some ten hours later, around 2 PM, I finally woke up and set about the business of getting my article together.

First thing for me was to get the automated bits running -- compile all the photos and get them submitted as early as possible. I shot about 260 or so photographs this week - a small number, but I only did much shooting on race day. Out of those, I selected 51 for my 2007 Petit Le Mans gallery... and then my editor told me "oh, I'm all set as far as photos go..." He's got some excellent shots by John Thawley, though, who's a far better shot than I. Go see for yourself.

So, since they're not going to be used for my story this Wednesday, you can see them all right here. (And for you cubicle types, yes they're all SFW)

(photo copyright 2007, A.J. Morning. All rights reserved)

Comments and questions, as always, are extremely invited and encouraged.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Coffee Break with a Legend...

I met Chris Economaki yesterday. He was the very first to do what I'm doing right now. He's also the very best. I have so many fond memories of watching him on TV when I was young, but nothing will ever compare to spending about an hour just talking with him yesterday.

And, the man was taking notes, constantly... on what I was saying...????? I don't know what to make of it, but I hope I was able to give him something he can use. We talked about current things - the race, the new surface on the track, and lots of racing history. Mr. Economaki's memory dates back long before we had television, and he's better at describing a scene than anything you'll see in HD on Speed Channel today.

Chris is just shy of his 87th birthday now, and obviously doesn't get around quite as easily as he used to. But he's still quick with a great story, his wit hasn't suffered in the least, and he could charm the habit right off of a nun.

I hope I get to see him again soon.