In the summer of 2009, I followed Parker Kligerman in the ARCA/REMAX stock
car series for "Parker Kligerman's Big Adventure," which appeared in the January 2010 issue of Automobile. Above, you see
his car at a critical moment of the season, when he ran out of gas at Chicagoland Speedway with just a couple of laps remaining
in the race. He had been in third place, and the loss of points cost him the series championship. Below, Parker is musing
after a practice session at Iowa Speedway on July 11. Most of the photos that appeared with the story, including
these, were my own.
Here's the link to the story and all photos.
An assignment for Automobile placed me on what proved to be the winning team in the 2004 Alcan Winter Rally.
My teammates were Gary Webb, driver in the time-speed-distance rally sections, and Peter Schneider, the navigator. I drove
many of the long transit stages and also scored some points for our side in the special ice-racing stages. The account of
this experience, "Three Zero Heroes," appeared in July 2004. The photo below, by Peter Schneider, was shot on the shore
of the Arctic Ocean at the Northwest Territories village of Tuktoyaktuk, which was reached by driving across a section of
the frozen Beaufort Sea. Clicking on the photo will take you to the Alcan Rally's site.
|A low sun tinges the frozen Arctic Ocean faintly pink.
Martyn Goddard hung out of a chase car to make this image of our '51 Chrysler Saratoga in the 2005 Carolina
Trophy. The next big adventure Martyn and I shared was the 2000-mile sojourn along the entire U.S.-Mexico border,
from Pacific to Gulf, in the Toyota FJ Cruiser. This story, "Borderline Cruisers," appeared in the April 2006 issue of Automobile,
which celebrated the magazine's twentieth anniversary. His photos were fabulous. At the end of the border trip, when we arrived
at the Gulf of Mexico, east of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, he self-timed this "wrap" shot to commemorate the successful journey.
Be sure to visit his site by clicking on the photo below. His exhibition, titled "Rock 'n' Roll & Speed," is coming
up in summer 2007.
|Playa Bagdad, January 2006
|Click on the photo for the link to Martyn's site.
|"No, Ronald, we won't be taking your piece."
Deputy editor Joe DeMatio has been avidly rejecting my story ideas and completed manuscripts for many
years. He started doing so at least as early as 1995, as seen in this picture.
Entire Website © 2007 Ronald Ahrens