Dave Friedman Motorsports Archive: 1958 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix at Riverside


We’ve mentioned photographer Dave Friedman before. He started shooting motorsports in the late 1950s and got hooked up with Carroll Shelby, becoming Shelby American’s official photographer, where he documented both the original Cobra builds and the Shelby racing team. With Carroll Shelby managing Ford’s GT40 LeMans effort in the mid 1960s, it’s not surprising that Friedman then started working for Ford Racing. Besides being in the right place at the right time, Friedman is (he continues to work professionally) a gifted lensman. The archive of his racing photography at the Benson Ford Research Center (one of The Henry Ford institutions) is a record of one of the most storied periods in American auto racing. We’re going to start featuring one photograph a week from each of the races that Friedman photographed from 1958 to 1972. While a majority were held in the U.S. and Canada, Friedman also shot photos at Formula 1 races in Europe and in Mexico. We’ll start with the 1958 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix at Riverside.

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