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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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James Kueffner

SPE Member since 2010
Member Chapter: Midwest

Figure 8 Racing

I was given an opportunity to go to the Pottowattamie county Iowa Fairgrounds to photograph the Figure 8 races there. Figure 8 racing is a midwestern form of entertainment. It isn't seen much out of the region. Stock cars, stripped of all comforts and welded together, run in a short, figure 8 course for a number of laps. The races are loud and dangerous. Often, cars come apart on the track. I received the invitation was from the driver for the Orr Racing team, so I had access to the pits as well as close in access to the course. This portfolio is a photojournalistic view of a midwestern pastime and the people who partake in it. Photographing car races is not my forte, but the invitation was irresistible.

Watching the races

Driver watching

Father and Son

Repairs before the Finals

Probably the FIrst Race

A Sort fo Fringe

County Fair Queen and her Entourage

Driver for Team Mixed Nuts

Start your Engine, Orr Racing

Team Grim

Number 14 is in Smoking

The Fog of the Battle

Starting the Race

Something is missing...

The Sad End of 2U

We prefer to Leave Under our own Power

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