Photography by: ©2014 Toni Avery

©2014 Toni Avery

Just recently I had the privilege to attend a special dinner honoring one of motor racing greats; Mario Andretti. The dinner took place at the Hilton in Long Beach and began with an outdoor cocktail reception where some spectacular cars were displayed. If you know anything about Mario you know that he is one of the most diverse drivers of our lifetime.

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Mario was not the only driver/well-known motorsports icon there. Others attended such as Parnelli Jones, Bobby Rahal, Dan Gurney, Juan Pablo Montoya and many many more.

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While this wasn’t really a dinner aimed towards media coverage, I did snap a few photos of the wonderful cars displayed and was lucky enough to get a photo with the legend himself.

The dinner was fun and the food was great. Mario sat on stage for a time with Bobby Rahal telling stories of his youth and racing career. It was such a thrill to be surrounded by motor racing legends and to meet a few all in one place.

1965 Brawner Hawk Indy Car