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Night Sessions – Dan Guirey

20th September 2017 — by Dave Cox

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this week in night sessions…

…Dan Guirey’s Mk1 Golf. I’d see this car before on instagram, in fact I had seen it at Players Classic where it was ripping around the circuit. It’s punchy livery and squat dimensions made me want to shoot it.

A local meet at Krispy Kremes presented itself as an ideal opportunity. Lashing down with rain meant that the conditions were less than ideal. But I was growing impatient. I wanted to shoot this.

Meeting Dan as he man handled armfuls of doughnuts we quickly worked out a plan. With the car park too busy we headed to a retail park. Not feeling it, I moved on to another location. That sucked too. Back to location 1 but this time Dan had spotted a nice little spot just beyond. Done.

Lights, camera, action! And I mean action, the persistent rain meant that I was using my coat to protect my camera. Being left in just a t-shirt (I should really plan better) meant that I had to work fast. Also handling electronics in the rain is a tad on the sketchy side.

Back to the car. It’s cute proportions disguise the animal that it is. Peel back the wrapper and you will be greeted with a 1.8L 8 valve G60 engine which is turbo charged. The result is an engine capable of 300bhp! Plenty given the car’s weight. Dan is running the car at 240bhp due to handling issues. But don’t you just want a go?

Words & Pictures: Dave Cox (SHOOTINGDAVE)
Instagram: @ShootingDave

 

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Night Sessions

13th September 2017 — by Dave Cox

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Welcome to Night Sessions!

Largely unplanned and often last minute, Night Sessions is a place for small, opportunistic features that take place once the sun goes down. Treat it like automotive postcards. You won’t find any detailed descriptions, just a few headline facts and a few pictures.

Paul Beechey starts us off with our first Night Session with his stroked SR22 powered S14a. With 520bhp and aggressive Wisefab steering kit it’s intended use of a drift car is pretty evident.  I was visiting family down on the South East coast of Kent when I found myself with a spare hour in the evening. A quick message and before long, the unmistakable SR bark could be heard outside my front door.

Grabbing my camera gear I ran out the door and slotted myself into the bucket seats. As Paul demonstrated how the turbo spools up just after 3000rpm I tried my best to navigate to a quiet industrial estate where we set up to grab some quick pictures. Satisfied with what I had shot, we headed back so Paul could get back to his family and I could get back to my beer.

 

Words & Pictures: Dave Cox (SHOOTINGDAVE)
Instagram: @ShootingDave

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Getting Ready for Speedway

4th May 2017 — by Andi Gordon

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As I sit here on the afternoon of Sunday April 23rd, I’m feeling excited. Later this week I’ll be flying to London, to fly to Croatia, to drive to Slovenia for the first round of the 2017 Speedway Grand Prix series. As I’m waiting to head to the coast tonight for a sunset photo mission, I figured I’d have a look through my archives at what kind of thing I got at this event last year, and then inevitably ended up doing re-edits, then looked at more from other events and now I’m doing a blog post. I’ve not even checked if my batteries are charged or if my filters and lenses are clean. I’m kind of on a bit of a crest of a wave.

I’ll state just now, that I’m not going to give you a season in review, who did what kind of post. A) that just ain’t me and B) I’m always that concentrated on trying to get a shot that I can never remember what happened. Instead I’m going to kind of just babble on for a bit, trying to straddle the line between each paragraph seeming like an ill conceived caption and going off on one like a pompous arse.

This upcoming season will be my third shooting Speedway for Monster Energy. Whereas in the previous years I entered the season feeling nervous, woefully under prepared and ill-equipped for the year ahead, this time round I feel ready to crush it. Speedway isn’t a particularly difficult sport to shoot. The bikes are on an oval, and go past you every fifteen seconds on a relatively narrow stretch of track. You know where you are, where the riders are going to be. If you have a basic understanding of how a camera works, there’s a decent chance you will get something usable.

It is however exceedingly difficult to get creative, expressive shots of Speedway. For that kind of stuff you need to build relationships with riders, mechanics, managers and anyone else who you are going to get in the way of while cutting about in the pits.

A pit for a speedway bike is probably about the same size as your garden shed. There will be about 3 mechanics, 4 helmets, a seat for the rider to try and relax between races, A TV showing the broadcast for the event, at least one roll cab toolbox and top box. It’s not a huge area. Then you add in the TV crew that come over and try and get the interview after a heat. There ain’t a lot of space for creativity that’s for sure.

That however is my job. Get the shots that nobody else is getting in an incredibly frenetic space that adds to the story and overall atmosphere of an event. The best part is I love doing it. I am as excited to catch up with friends as I am to shoot. I have plans and ideas. I feel I have also matured since I last shot speedway as photographer and more importantly as an editor.

 

As the new season dawns I feel more ready than I ever have. That’s a pretty good feeling.

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Five radical drifting hot hatches

9th February 2017 — by Black Flagged

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A hot hatch isn’t your default car for drift, but it doesn’t mean its not the right path to smokey tyre enlightenment – after trawling through our Fueltopia file of rad images, I’ve pulled out five the naughtiest drift hatches that have slayed rubber

Roger Holland’s twin engine Toyota Starlet creates plumes of crowd pleasing tyre smoke into the 50,000 strong crowd at Gatebil, Rudskogen. Dave Cox caught the double packing, drifty, hot hatch action on his last visit to the show they dub the  greatest in the World. We’d definitely want to get up  close and personal with this car next year

This list wouldn’t be complete without one of the most iconic drift hatches ever… The Driftworks AE86 – LS powered and classic lines makes this drift-hatch one of our favourites of all time and that distinctive orange livery is hard to miss.

A personal favourite is Dan Firminger’s little Volvo. This car might be small but it packs a punch with it’s V8 heart up front. Dan has been peddling this car on the car scene for a while in drift and gymkhana and it’s always great to see it decimate opponents on track.

This literally blows my mind,  Danial Björk’s Ford Fiesta lays down smoke like a total badass at events like Gatebil. The Blue Oval  brands engine has been cast aside for a native Volvo B230 Turbo engine that pumps out  a staggering 500hp or in this case moose power.

In at five and rounding off this blogs five radical drift hatches is another little 1986 Volvo 360 owned by Mark Vissers from the Netherlands. A respectable 357hp and 388lb/ft of torque makes this a fun, handling, tyre, shredding machine to be feared. If you fancy giving it a run then make sure you scope out the Drift Championship Netherlands.

 

 

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Welcome to a Rally Stage

26th January 2017 — by Ruben Langa

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"A rally is beyond a competition, it is an opportunity to spend a weekend with our loved ones."

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Welcome to a rally stage, this is beyond a competition, it is an opportunity to spend a weekend with your loved ones. Whether with friends or your family, it is the perfect opportunity to kick back & relax together. It all kicks off with finding the perfect camping spot on the mountain ready for the upcoming action. On arrival you are able to take in the stage at night, looking for the best bend & the closest place to it to camp. The night before the rally action, dinner discussions are always full of stories from other rallies, the fear of what could happen in the runnings & even upcoming events, the topic of the conversations build up the excitement on what is to come.

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The following morning will see the army of fans that have chosen to camp being awoken by the mountain’s peculiar surroundings. Many will be greeted by the sounds of cows and sheep, and eventually the familiar sound of horns and engines… each rally is a world of its own!

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After a good breakfast & finding a safe place to put your chair ready to watch, the chants start. This is followed with a continuous flow of stories of other rallies, with all fans & lovers of the same thing all chatting away & sharing a few beers. It is an awesome thing to be a part of and is only interrupted by the sound of an engine approaching at full chat.

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This is followed by a cacophony of horns and screams from bend to bend, encouraging the drivers to push the limits even further! No matter if you drive a Porsche 911 or a Saxo VTS, if it goes fast, the people go crazy.

As each participants tears past, it is an amazing opportunity to see and photograph incredible cars, and at times some truly epic classics.

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After the drivers have had their first run on the stage, feeding time approaches, the camping gas fires and the smell of cooking meat all becomes part of the landscape. But this is a brief break from the action & there is not much time to lose, the second run for each driver begins and nobody wants to miss the action. Within minutes, the action resumes & all eyes are on the course for another session. The crowds give equal cheers of encouragement for the cars passing by, regardless of who is first or last.

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There are however always accidents that remind us that it is not a game and the importance of choosing a good site to watch from. As fun as it is, you have to be safe.

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Do not be put off or discouraged by the potential dangers, a rally is an incredible experience and one I highly encourage you to be a part of. You can enjoy this sport if you stay safe.

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With this post I am hoping to persuade as many of you as possible to attend a rally, not only a WRC stage, but also your local rallies which are perfect opportunities to see great professionals running with incredible cars, spectacular classics and you will be surprised by some awesome landscapes. Not to mention its also a great opportunity to spend a weekend with friends without shelling out a fortune.