Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman, July 15-18, 2010
By Ken McClellan
[Elkhart Lake, WI] You could smell it in the air. It was the smell of high octane, tension filled kinetic energy that was ready to smoke the tires off the line at the drop of a green flag. And you could taste it. You could taste the excitement of competition, the desire to win, and the salty sweat dripping from your upper lip. And it was hot.
The fans of Can Am were treated to a line-up of 34 beautifully restored cars sporting both big and small block engines, and several from the tube frame era. There were high wings and low wings, and no wings. There were familiar colors, new colors, and classic colors, all blending together to create a rainbow of thunder.
So now that I have used up just about every colorful metaphor that I can think of, let me describe my weekend at Elkhart Lake, WI. The event was the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman at Road America. If you are like me and have never been to a vintage event such as this, you certainly must try to make it to one. From the moment we drove into the gate it was a car show, not just because of the race cars, but the classic cars, muscle cars, exotic cars, and sports cars in the visitor's parking as well. There was just so much eye candy that you couldn't possibly see it all.
I was there as a guest of Dan and Madeline Davis of Victory Lane Magazine, and they, with the constant help of Pam Shatraw, put on one class act with their Can Am tent. They provided free lunches Saturday and Sunday, hosted a Can Am autograph session, and not only hosted the trophy ceremony for the Can Am, but provided the trophy as well.
The poster for this year's event was designed by Randy Owens from Randy Owens Originals. Randy is an upstanding, highly original artist that made time for anyone that wanted to talk about art with him. I learned that Randys unique process and keen eye for detail are some of the qualities that sets him apart from the rest.
If you were able to attend the Kohler International Challenge this year, chances are you saw Oscar Koveleski. You may not have realized that you were in his midst, but he was probably there. Oscar doesn't like to stand in one spot too long. And when you are the photographer/videographer tasked with following him around, you better be in shape. You better be in better shape than I am. You better be in Lance Armstrong shape. Between Oscar, myself, and any number of helpers including my wife and kids we managed to sign up about 1500 new PRDA members. You don't do that by standing in one spot!
One final note I wish to make. The folks at Road America run a class act. They are constantly on top of everything going on, and keep all of the events running smoothly. The crew, track officials, and workers coordinate to put on show that is second to none. All of this takes place at one of the most beautiful tracks in the world.
So between two video cameras and three digital camera's we managed to take several hundred pictures and a few hours of video.
Below are some select pictures from the weekend. Enjoy!
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