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Mike Callahan Print
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Feb 20, 2008 at 12:53 PM
Mike first fell in love with sports cars during the heady days of Group C racing, that iconic era of fast sleek cars like the Porsche 956/962's, and legendary drivers like Bell and Ickx.  As is life, passions come and go, and Mike lost touch with the sport until years later, standing on a street corner in Vienna, Austria he saw an Audi TT for the first time. That rekindled his interest in sports cars and sports car racing.
 
Since then, Mike has become much more involved – driving in club racing, and flagging and track communications at many club and several ALMS events. He still engineers a car in club racing for a friend. Recently, he’s worked in the pits as an IMSA pit lane reporter, a job he says gives him "the best seat in the house."
 
Mike prepares the Last Turn Clubhouse Spotter's Guides for the ALMS and open wheel racing, and helped develop and contributes to our Mythical Overall Championships series.
Tom Kjos Print
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Mar 07, 2007 at 01:04 PM

Tom Kjos was first exposed to sports car racing at Laguna Seca in 1969 when he commanded a training company at Fort Ord, California. Overseas assignments in places that didn’t host races and “family years” kept him largely away from the sport until with friends he started a dozen-year annual trek to the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1987. That led to Sebring by 1997, and finally to the American Le Mans Series at its founding for the 1999 season. We’re pretty sure that no writer has covered – or attended – more ALMS races.

Tom has written on sports car racing in general and the American Le Mans Series in particular since 1999. Over that time he has covered nearly one hundred events, usually with preview, practice, qualifying and race reports. He has written op-ed pieces and publishes a popular sports car racing humor and rumor blog. His articles include travel, entertainment, and food and wine, along with racing, and have been published a number of places. His admiration for those sports columnists who aren’t afraid to say what they think should be clear in his articles on The Last Turn Clubhouse. He wouldn’t hesitate to say a quarterback was immobile or inaccurate, and he won’t hesitate to say a driver is slow or wanders about the track. If he steps on your sensibilities, be certain to express yourself via .  You can write if you like what you read, too, of course – but that’s no fun, is it?

Joe Martin Print
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Mar 07, 2007 at 01:01 PM

A native of New Jersey, Joe Martin saw his first CART race at the temporary road circuit at the Meadowlands with his father in 1986.  Over the years, he has enjoyed numerous open wheel racing and sports car racing events in the northeast as a fan of the sport.  College studies in business management resulted in a short hiatus from motorsports. After graduating a trip to the 12 Hours of Sebring with his father, his interest was renewed.

He started taking photos for personal use, which led to  an opportunity to work for SportsCarPhotography.com.  That sent him off across North America photographing the American Le Mans Series, Formula BMW, Indy Racing League, and Rolex Sports Car events.

Over the past two years his focus has been the American Le Mans Series. In addition to photography, he has also written original articles on the American Le Mans Series for Pitjournal.com.

During the 2007 season, Joe will be The Last Turn Clubhouse’s primary American Le Mans Series photographer.  Along with professional motorsport photography he will also do some writing for the publication during the year.  The photography that he has done over the past years can be seen on his portfolio website at JosephPMartin.com. You can tell us how much you like Joe’s work at .

Tim Northcutt Print
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Mar 07, 2007 at 01:03 PM
Since 1967, when he attended his first Indianapolis 500 as a young boy, Tim Northcutt has fervently followed open wheel racing. That has been a turbulent ride indeed, through the USAC years, the USAC-CART battle for open-wheel supremacy in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and even through “the Split” between the Indy Racing League and Champ Car that still exists today.  He remains a fan of both Series, and says he looks forward to the coming season for both the IRL and Champ Car. Weekly throughout the 2007 he’ll ferret out the news and share his sometimes acerbic observations. We trust you’ll find it all enlightening, entertaining, informative and insightful. If you find it infuriating, however, let us know at . You can tell us if you like it too, of course. 
Martin Spetz Print
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Apr 11, 2007 at 03:27 AM

The first race was Sebring 1966. That was a year with blue Ford GTs, red Ferraris and white Chaparrals.  Those enthralling sights, sounds and smells stuck with Martin long past that first event, and now sports cars at speed are the principle subject of photographer Martin Spetz’ work of sports cars at speed.  He has been photographing races ever since, even through a career in US Coast Guard search and rescue helicopters. Now retired, Martin is able to devote himself to photographing sports car races and vintage/historic car meets. 

His photography has been in seen on in numerous publications, including Victory Lane Magazine, Autoweek, Sports Car Graphic and of course Last Turn Clubhouse. He’ll be contributing photos for articles and galleries for both racing series and for historic events. Complements on his work are welcomed at

 

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