Photos and captions by Marc Gewertz
Growing up just miles from Fremont Drag Strip where his father both worked and raced throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, Marc Gewertz was exposed to the excitement, color, and pageantry of hot rodding at an early age. During junior high, he began taking his Nikon camera to the dragstrip to capture the action and the people behind all those fast cars. With a penchant for being in the right place at the right time, he quickly developed a reputation as being one of racing’s rising young photographic talents.
His dramatic images, carefully planned composition, and “different” angles made his work stand out then as it does today. Marc was also one of those cool kids that drove a muscle car to high school (a ’65 Mustang Fastback) and excelled at sports, especially soccer where he played at the collegiate level as well as a stint with the Junior Olympic track & field team.
After graduating from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, he drifted down to Southern California to begin his dream job as staff photographer at NHRA’s National Dragster. While there, he continued to hone his craft, shooting some of contemporary drag racing’s most dramatic images as well as countless ‘Dragster cover shots. He also met his wife Paula while at NHRA. His eight-year-old son Dylan shares his father’s passion for cool, fast cars!
A fan of anything colorful on four wheels, he photographs hot rods and customs, as well as vintage drag racing as a hobby. You’ve seen his work here in the Gazette as well as in the pages of Traditional Rod & Kulture, Hot Rod Deluxe, Church Magazine (produced by his brother Coby), and others. Aside from extreme talent and artistic virtue, other traits that make Marc so successful at his craft are his quiet demeanor, humility, and chameleon like characteristics. Nobody blends in better, capturing dramatic images while barely being noticed .
Marc is a great photographer, a dear friend, loving husband and father — and a great person. It’s an honor to feature his incredible work here on these pages. We invite you to browse the photo gallery below that feature some of Marc’s fantastic images. The photo captions (in Marc’s own words) paint a picture behind the picture.