Sun, trees, tarmac, rocks, undulating terrain – add in the whiff of high octane fumes and the shrill sounds of a highly blown in-line 6 engine and you might be able to get close to picturing Gatebil.
Previously I had shown you what the human element of Gatebil was like, this time I want to show you the real reason people make this pilgrimage from all over the Globe to just south of Oslo Rygge. It’s for the cars, they are the stars of the show, exploiting every inch of real estate on track, pulverising tyres into carcinogenic smoke which washes lawlessly across the elevation changes in the Rudskogen Motorsenter.
To the uninitiated the internet hype and videos from Gatebil fill you with you both excitement and frustration, yet again you missed another event but you have just begun planning your trip across Europe for the next event. Well for the last few years I was in that camp, I was the uninitiated. That was until July this year when I made the trip with fellow photographer Bill. Both Gatebil virgins, both had had enough of watching videos and hearing stories, it was our time to go and see what the fuss was about. Writing these posts makes me feel reflective, I felt like I didn’t get what I wanted out of Gatebil, I felt like I failed in my duties as a photographer to effectively convey they emotions and atmosphere of the event, But a few months down the line, looking back through what I captured, I did ok, I did captured enough to spark memories and emotion looking through these photos, to me as a pretolhead, this is what I get excited about. The test will be, whether you like them. Here are my favourites from the track action. Enjoy.
You might be thinking “What is Gatebil?” and unless you are seriously into your cars, then you probably won’t know, in essence though. You see events like Formula 1, Le Mans and Goodwood Festival of Speed are what most people think of when you say motorsport events, these are televised or at least they are known as they have been going on for years. So why Gatebil, what makes this one something to know about?
What initially caught my eye was the various car builds that were making an appearance at Gatebil, Norway has some pretty strict rules when it comes to modifying cars and driving them on the roads. So in order to scratch that itch to build, faster, louder more exciting cars, Gatebil was formed. People come from all of Europe to attend, to how of their insane builds on a track, not only that but they come to camp, to party and hang out with like minded people. It is a festival after all.
The main stage parties were well documented all over youtube but it was the parties in the camp sites that were something of legend. Sure, it is just a race track with a paddock garnished with insanely powered drift cars and time attack cars from all over the world but it would be a shame not celebrate this momentous occasion without sharing a beer or two with your fellow petrol heads.
Instead of re-purposing my blog post on FUELTOPIA I won’t to show you the side you don’t see, the camp parties, the people, your comrades, the celebration that is Gatebil. Here are my photos from the absolutely stunning Rudskogen Motorsenter in Norway.
A few weeks have passed since I attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed and to be honest, I still can’t believe I got the opportunity to go. There is a certain magic that descends over the event, maybe it is all the build up hype or maybe it’s because you will get to rub shoulders with automotive royalty. Whatever it is, it’s worth going to experience for yourself. I was there covering the event for Drift Allstars who were making their debut there as well as doing a general overview for Fueltopia which you can read about by clicking on the highlighted links.
As I feel I have already covered the action side of the event, I would like to share a few of my favourites from around the F1 paddock.
Yes that’s correct. It has been a while since I last did a review. There is a very good reason for this too, instead of doing them on my site, I have been offered the opportunity to reach a bigger audience and do them for Cafetography. An online photography magazine that features lens reviews and tutorials as well as showcasing any photographic news. They work with my preferred place to rent camera gear, Lens Locker. So when Lens Locker asked if I would do a review for them, I jumped at the chance.
Now, I used to own a 70-200mm f/4 L USM which I used on my now sold Canon 50D for motorsport, it seemed to be a match made for someone just starting out. However when I went full frame, the 70-200 became a little too short for me. And because I am not made of money, I started renting lenses from the guys at Lens Locker and the 300mm f/4 L IS USM became my new weapon of choice. Anyway, enough of that here’s the video. Let me know what you think, it is my first one so no doubt I won’t sound a smooth as butter.
Trax is not an event I have ever been to before. Silverstone is not a track I have ever shot at. Time Attack was something I had scarcely heard of. All of things changed when I visited TRAX in early September. The full write up is on Fueltopia if you fancy it. If not then here are some of my favourites.