July 20, 2008

The Fashion of NASCAR

Shirtless is the little black dress of NASCAR. Photographer Lauren Winchester headed to Gateway International Raceway, just outside St. Louis in Madison, Illinois, on Saturday, July 19, 2008. She came to take pictures of the fashion but no one was wearing any clothes, which in turn became fashionable. She was offered food a record number of times by friendly people who also wanted to know if she was down for a competitive game of washers.
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So I came to the Gateway International Raceway in search of  NASCAR-inspired fashion and an experience I would not soon forget. The best way I could describe it is hot and wet.
By Lauren Winchester
So I came to the Gateway International Raceway in search of NASCAR-inspired fashion and an experience I would not soon forget. The best way I could describe it is hot and wet.
Allow me to backtrack for just a moment, this was the car in front of me when I was pulling in, reassuring me that today would be awesome.
By Lauren Winchester
Allow me to backtrack for just a moment, this was the car in front of me when I was pulling in, reassuring me that today would be awesome.
Tailgating is a big part of the event and the high of 97 degrees didn’t stop any of these dedicated fans.  They drink, they play, they sweat, but they love it.
By Lauren Winchester
Tailgating is a big part of the event and the high of 97 degrees didn’t stop any of these dedicated fans. They drink, they play, they sweat, but they love it.
These are the first gentlemen I met along the way. They beckoned to me across the gravel road and complimented me on my fancy camera. I told them I now understand why being shirtless and loving the races are synonymous, and that’s because it’s just so darn hot on these tracks, well at least that’s the excuse today…
By Lauren Winchester
These are the first gentlemen I met along the way. They beckoned to me across the gravel road and complimented me on my fancy camera. I told them I now understand why being shirtless and loving the races are synonymous, and that’s because it’s just so darn hot on these tracks, well at least that’s the excuse today…
A group of girls brought this mini-pool for their feet, which I thought was a really innovative move, they even offered me a dip, which I took them up on and documented.
By Lauren Winchester
A group of girls brought this mini-pool for their feet, which I thought was a really innovative move, they even offered me a dip, which I took them up on and documented.
So if I thought those ladies were smart, check out this group. I felt like I was in a music video of a rap song covered by Weird Al Yankovich.
By Lauren Winchester
So if I thought those ladies were smart, check out this group. I felt like I was in a music video of a rap song covered by Weird Al Yankovich.
One of the most impressive setups I saw was from this group out of Granite City, Illinois.
By Lauren Winchester
One of the most impressive setups I saw was from this group out of Granite City, Illinois.
This is a real barbecue pit, notice the smoking engine. The owner wanted to make sure that I noticed her matching flag, which I did.
By Lauren Winchester
This is a real barbecue pit, notice the smoking engine. The owner wanted to make sure that I noticed her matching flag, which I did.
Being Columbia, Missouri natives, I asked if they were big Carl Edwards’ fans, they laughed and said "Hell no, we like Kyle Busch.: P.S. his shirt says, "No Jap Crap" in case you were wondering.
By Lauren Winchester
Being Columbia, Missouri natives, I asked if they were big Carl Edwards’ fans, they laughed and said "Hell no, we like Kyle Busch.: P.S. his shirt says, "No Jap Crap" in case you were wondering.