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Vintage Motorphoto
Collecting and displaying
motor racing photographs

Despite the trend toward total digital imagery, Dale Lafollete of Vintage Motorphoto is not going to allow irreplaceable and possibly priceless works of automotive art go away quietly. He’s been buying vintage photos now for 25 years, and since 1995 has run a gallery devoted to the collection and sale of pre digital racing and automotive images.

Vintage Motorphoto Alfa Romeo Grouping

Rex Mays in an Alfa Romeo 8C at the 1937 George Vanderbilt Cup Race. The photo is approximately 69 years old.

Giuseppe Farina driving an Alfa Romeo 158 at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1951. Photo by Geoff Goddard.

Lord Earl Howe driving an Alfa Romeo 2.3 in the Tourist Trophy Races at Ards in 1933.

Farina in a Alfa Romeo 158, winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1950. Guy Griffiths photo.

Dale defines a ‘vintage’ photo as one which
a) was taken years ago and
b) which was developed at or around the same time it was taken.
In other words, a photo of a 1927 Alfa 6C1500 would have been taken in the 1920s or 30s and developed and printed in the same era, either for a magazine or private use.

"Mon Ami Mate" grouping

A thematic grouping of photos found on Vintage Motorphoto site. We'll call it "Mon Ami Mate." Mike Hawthorn in a Ferrari 625 at the British Grand Prix at Aintree in 1955. This photo was taken and printed by the late Geoff Goddard.

The other Mon Ami Mate, Peter Collins in a Ferrari Dino 246 on his way to winning the British Grand Prix in 1958. Two weeks later he was killed at the German Grand Prix. This photo was taken and printed by Geoff Goddard.

Mike Hawthorn in a Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in 1958. Photo by Jesse Alexander.

Why? Original negatives of that Alfa can still be used to recreate a new print. But it will not be exactly the same, the materials, technique, art, chemicals, will not be as they were seventy, fifty or even ten years ago. Think in terms of a Cameron Millar 250F Maserati--close but no cigar.

And like beachfront property and Ferrari 250GTOs, supply is limited. What Dale offers may not be in all cases the only print made from a particular negative, but he has only one of what he has. In other words, if you see a photo for sale in his gallery or online store, there is only one copy available. You probably won’t get a second chance to own that print again, at least anytime soon. Secondly, buying vintage prints is a pretty good investment, particularly if you have a sharp eye and learn to spot great photography. Since Dale usually only has one print available, some, or perhaps all, of the images we have used here for groupings may no longer be available when you click on the photo. But get on the site and shop around, Dale always has new items coming in.

But what to do with old photos? Don’t they just sit around gathering dust between the covers of a photo album? Not always. Dale suggested grouping, a good way to collect, and display them. We went to his online store and within a couple of minutes found the following photos available now that would be a nice grouping in terms of cars and drivers

We asked Raffi Minasian, a teacher and freelance designer who coincidentally owns a Giaur. Minasian spent several years in the art production world licensing art for uses in home decorative items and as framed artwork, plus he’s a convicted car nut. "What I would do is to create a series or subscription collection themed as year, race track, or car class - Great Race Cars of 1967 (pick boomer years for best sales). It makes a a great 'book of the month' club type of gift for someone born in 1967. Every month they get a photo of an interesting car from that year and a bio page that goes with it. A nice folio case would hold all twelve. could be monthly subscription paid on credit card or with three payments for greater ease.

In today's world, scenes with women drivers are becoming common. This outstanding photo could be the start of a collection of women race drivers.

Dale also has a few idea on framing. With black and white photos, he suggests using a pewter or silver frame rather than black or colored. Wood frames give off hazmat as they decompose affecting the paper negatively (pardon the pun). Matting, of course, is almost essential and many of Dale’s photos come matted already.

Conversely, collecting rare color prints of the fifties and sixties is another way to group motor racing images. Since color was not widely used by the magazines in that era, very few photographers used colored film, even though it was available. Yet colored prints bring new life to old eras, and these prints can be found dating as far back as the 1930s.

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