2016 has been a year of polar opposites, work wise I have been incredibly busy, photographically I have been very quiet. I have shot much less but what I have shot has gone much further. Because I have been shooting for clients and not myself a lot of my work has remained on hard drives until they have been published. In July I attended an event called GATEBIL at Rudskogen Motorsenter in Norway. If that name rings a bell, it is because I went last year which you can see here. This is hands down my favourite motorsport event I have ever had the pleasure of attending and this year I got the extreme honour of shooting for their own magazine, predictably called GATEBIL MAGAZINE. I was tasked to shoot several feature cars, one of which is this super rare, Steatlh B7 which is one of one! What I didn’t know until this month was that I made the front cover. And I don’t mean I got a small picture on the front cover…I GOT THE MAIN IMAGE! Thanks guys! Anyway, here is a few images that didn’t make the cut. Thanks to Jan Øivind Ruud and Team RR for being so helpful during the shoot and thanks to Kaj Alver for getting me the gig.
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.
AXUK or ArenaCross UK finished up it’s Grand Finale at the Wembley Arena back in February. And I was there to witness it in it’s full glory! Now rather than just regurgitate the same images you have seen before, here is a selection of images that didn’t make the report. If you want to check out my report on FUELTOPIA, it can be found here. If not then just enjoy the images.
Let’s talk about discovery for a second. I don’t mean the documentary channel on sky, I mean actually discovery something. My latest discovery is Sideburn Magazine. A magazine that brings you some of the coolest dirt track related news and features from around the world. Their world, a world I previously hadn’t been privy too. They were having a launch party for the upcoming season of Dirt Track Racing. Something which I now have to attend.
Anyway, back to this discovery. It is no secret that I am petrolhead, I love cars specifically and always have. I grew up on RallyCross, Touring Cars and Formula 1, my family had a love affair with fast Fords and I could identify any car down the street on what exhaust pipe it had alone. Motorbikes weren’t really within my remit. You normally fall into the car OR the bike category, rarely both.
What I am try to get across to you is that I had my eyes opened (widely) to a whole other type of racing that I never knew existed. Sure I’d heard of speedway racing but this is different. This seems, and I am sure I will get told off for this, a lot cooler. The bikes are more akin to cafe racers which in my eyes are works of art. This was all new to me. New faces, new machines, new circuits, new rules, new style. I am literally on my first step down this path and I cannot wait to show you more. For now, enjoy some photos from the launch party.
Full write up on FUELTOPIA
Now if you cast your mind back, you may remember that I have previously encountered Time Attack whilst I was at TRAX. Well from that point onwards I wanted to see a little bit more about it. You see I didn’t know much about the sport itself, in fact I had barely heard of it. All I know is it involved bat shit crazy cars. And I then found out I could see them again at Brands Hatch in November. Only this time, it would be in the run during the night. Cool huh!? I have shot cars many times before but never at night! A new challenge presents itself!
I was doubly excited about attending this event. Brands Hatch used to be one of the tracks that I attended when I was a child with my Dad, so there was the nostalgic side to it as well as the excitement of shooting a night race.
The cars had been running throughout the day to finish off the Time Attack Championship but once that was wrapped up and the sun started setting it was time to go see the beasts stirring in the pits. This was great, these were proper race cars. Not your average drift car here, some of the engine bays were lined with gold!
Some how, during the night, the cars sounded even louder! I am not sure if this was due to the cooler air allowing the engines to breather more efficiently or whether having your eyesight hindered made your ears more sensitive.
Standing on the inside of druids was pretty awesome too! The cars were hard on the brakes on entry and groping for the apex, hard on the power out! It was pitch black and hard to focus on, well anything at all to be honest. A lot of other photographers were struggling too resorting to using their flashes (silly them)…
…although a bit of flash panning was good fun. Notice how the background is blurry and the car is static? That is due to the flash lasting for just 1/3200th of a second which will illuminate and therefore freeze the car whilst the slow shutter speed is sucking all the ambient light where the flash can’t reach. Strange isn’t it.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed something new from. There is a much longer blog post up on Fueltopia who is the media team I shoot for.