|Source: Motor Racing Programme Covers|
|Photo courtesy of Ray Lamm|
Tom Kirkland was the original Darlington track photographer starting with construction in 1949 and covered every event at the track until 1967. Tom was the first racing photographer to use a sequence camera to cover racing, an item that had to be smuggled out of communist Germany where it was manufactured at the time. Using this sequence camera, Tom captured the multiple frame accident of Jack Smith leaping the guardrail at Darlington during the 1958 Southern 500. This sequence was featured in Sports Illustrated. Because of this sequence, Tom was hired by Sports Illustrated to cover the 1959 Daytona 500 using his sequence camera. Tom captured the photo inish of the 1959 Daytona 500. Although T. Taylor Warren is credited in the press with providing the images that determined the winner, it was actually Tom's images that were the deciding factor. Tom received a letter from NASCAR that thanks him for his images and indicates they were crucial in deciding the winner of the race. By the next season nearly all the photographers covering racing had a sequence camera.
|Credit to Tom Kirkland and courtesy of Smyle Media|
|Courtesy of Russ Thompson|
|Above photo and article courtesy of Jerry Bushmire|
Edited: April 29, 2014