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From Four To Two

24th November 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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I like to think that I am someone who likes to welcome a new challenge. In my job as a photographer I enjoy taking on new things & capturing different events. However I’d be lying if I told you that my nerves don’t get the better of me sometimes when I’m asked to do something outside of my comfort zone. That familiar anxiety I’m sure we have all felt at some point starts to build & just needs kept in check, remain calm I tell myself, it’ll all work out.

At the start of this year I was asked to shoot several rounds of BSB, I ran off to the Googles & quickly realised that BSB is the British Super Bike Championship… ok I wasn’t that naive to it but I did need to start researching & fast!

If you know of my work for Fueltopia & for Monster Energy then you’ll know I’m someone who mostly covers four wheel motorsport events. That has changed in recent times & I’ve come to adapt to the various challenges & enjoy it. Variety is the spice of life right? Seriously though I believe the subject matter I’m most associated with doesn’t define me, I simply love all things I get to do.

Now that aside I still was nervous about BSB, I am not someone who owns or has ever ridden a proper motorbike on or off road. I have roughly 20 minutes to my name on a moped, which I promptly fell off so as for experience… you could say I am lacking it.

This was all new to me. I spent the lead up to round one asking friends about what it meant to them to ride a bike. Yeah, with questions like I did get some strange looks but I was trying to understand the passion behind it all. The reason people go and watch these races. I did an intensive course several evenings on the BSB website, learning about the teams, the riders names, their numbers & bike liveries. Anything that could help me once I arrived at the circuit with a job to do.

From a photographers point of view though I try not to look at other peoples photos when I shoot something new, not in anyway due to arrogance but more due to the fact that it may scare me in to thinking that I can’t do it, that I can’t capture what they have done. Its once again that familiar anxiety that builds inside me which is not what I need when I’m taking on a new challenge so I just avoid the situation completely. I go, I shoot, I edit & I deliver my own results from what I’ve witnessed.

Due to clashes with other events I was scheduled for this year, I only attended four rounds of the BSB 2017 championship. I was at the first in Donington Park, followed up by Oulton Park & then two rounds at Brands Hatch including the final.

I knew that I had four main riders to capture throughout the year, across three teams. Michael Laverty & James Ellison in the MCAMS Yamaha team, Leon Haslam in the Speedfit Kawasaki team & John Hopkins in the Moto Rapido Ducati team.

During these events I was far too engrossed in making sure I nailed the work to even be able to put together an event by event recap for you here on Fueltopia, I’m sorry about that. I robbed you of four blogs. I also tried to vlog the events (videos at the bottom) those didn’t quite go to plan either as I was simply far too pre occupied with making sure I knew what was going on & getting the job done.

With excuses aside let me take you back to my first BSB round of the year. This was Round 1 at Donington Park, a circuit I’ve worked at a few times over the years so I was familiar with the layout. I arrived confident & ready.

Standing near the track for the first time as the bikes blasted past me was an experience. They were louder than I expected & considerably faster! Also from a photography point of view they were a lot smaller in my view finder… go figure, turns out bikes are smaller than cars…

After that epiphany hit me it was time to take in & learn how they move, the speeds in the straights, the lines in the corners. All of a sudden, the anxiety & worry about the whole thing was gone, I was filled with the want to capture what was happening as much as I could, a sudden urge to show my perspective on the events I was witnessing.

Post practice/qualifying & races the paddocks are alive with activity, teams are checking & preparing the bikes for the next outings & riders are discussing tactics & times with their teams. There is simply so much going on at all times. It was simply exciting to be a part of.

The paddock however is cramped, not as much as the incredible tight space Speedway riders work out of but its close. Everyone among the multitude of people present has a specific job which is carried out to perfection, because put it simply someones life always does depend on it.

A break in all this two wheel action came at the first Brands Hatch hosted round of the series. Monster Energy Gymkhana driver Luke Woodham lit up the track in his 200sx s14a and put on a smoke show for the fans. Ok yeah he blew up the engine during the final demo of the day but YOLO right?

That event also saw a Monster energy rig riot take place. What is a rig riot I hear you cry? Well, its controlled chaos as the Monster Energy Girls figuratively whip the crowd into a frenzy before the Monster Energy riders themselves show up and sign & distribute merchandise. Its always awesome to watch & you can see the fans love it.

Throughout my stint of BSB this year I have watched them race in all conditions, I saw people come off & I even heard of fatal accidents taking place over the race weekends I attended. The commitment to this sport is incredible, why do they choose to do it & why when they come off during a practice in the morning are they back on the bike that very afternoon, ready on the line to take on all challengers?

I don’t have the answer to that question but as this year has gone on I’ve learnt something which I’ve come to love about BSB. The passion, the drive, the sense of family among teams is second to none. Its much more personal than any other race series I’ve worked in. The emotions are there for all to see, these riders can’t hide their, they are exposed, on the line with only their helmet to shield their anticipation & uncertainty about the race ahead.

During the races themselves the concentration can be seen on their faces, several times I would frame a shot & almost feel like I was making eye contact with the riders. The emotion once the race is finished & the results are in is beautiful to watch too.

These guys are rock stars, the fans love them! The open pit line signing sessions are a blast. The interaction is golden & seeing the smiles on fans faces from kids to full grown adults is incredibly rewarding.

This is the beauty of bikes, people get fully attached to the riders themselves, more so I feel than in any other motorsport. I mean these guys are about to risk their lives for your entertainment? I think they deserve being made a fuss of by the fans, which they most certainly do! The energy is electric.

Of course I’m not saying that any other motorsport is less dangerous or anything like that but I will say they these guys get it wrong or something fails, its their bodies that strike the tarmac with very little to protect them.

My work days at these events were mostly taken up by my shot list requirements & making sure I was always in the right place at the right time, however I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get moments to enjoy where I was, to take it in & have what is really the best seat in the house for the proceedings. It was a pleasure to learn all about everything at first & then follow the 2017 BSB championship.

With my anxiety and worry leading up to round one, the unknown of it all, did I enjoy working my first ever 4 rounds of BSB? Hells yeah I did! I loved it, I enjoyed the energy, the speed, the noise, the teams, the fans, honestly I can keep going… but the riders to me, their attitude, the way they held themselves in a win & in a defeat, I truly admire that above all else. Yeh for sure I think they are crazy but I admire that crazy & I am honoured to have captured some moments from their 2017 season.

Words & pictures by Dan Fegent

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Scratching a PS13 Size Itch

19th May 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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We all have friends that are the perfect example of spontaneity, jumping at an opportunity & not thinking twice, simply just going for it. I’m envious of those people & I for sure wish I could live like that at times.

Gianni, the man behind the extremely popular clothing brand Status Error is one of those people & luckily a very close friend of mine which usually means I get brought a long for the ride on his adventures.

He’s not reckless by any means but where he just makes a move & thinks later is with his car purchases. I have no doubt that Gianni puts a tonne of thought into a car purchase but to everyone else the cars come & go, as if they are itches that need scratching, something that he needs to own to get it out of his system. Luckily though the man has good taste.

It is with this mindset that he ended up with this stunning Red Purple” 1993 Nissan Silvia (PS13). The car was imported in 2015 by EPRacing & has to be one of the cleanest S-Bodies in the UK.
Beating at its heart is a lightly tuned SR20DET pushing out around 320BHP (Full spec list below).

We actually filmed a vlog about the day we headed down to Newcastle to grab this car. You can check it out below or on the Status Error YouTube channel.

In the video we start off in his old DC5 Honda Integra Type R. His car history is phenomenal & before that Gianni had owned a plethora of JDM metal, MR2s, MX5s, Civic Type Rs, Porsche 944s, RX8s & even RX7s… the list is huge & I can’t fault him for any of them.

How does the Silvia compare to everything he’s had before? Well its a monster, but in a good way. Its power delivery is extremely aggressive, thrusting forward once on boost & constantly wanting to step out, an amazing car but an absolute animal.

In the time he’s owned it he has been able to quickly make it his own. The interior has definitely had some fantastic additions, adding bucket seats & a spread of vibrant colours throughout the interior, its very cool place to be.

For everything else he’s wanted done the car has been taken of by performance car specialist Automek. They have handled the harder tasks the PS13 needed done including the rust proofing & repairs.


However here comes the bad news, the PS13 is unfortunately up for sale & I was fortunate enough to be able to get the shots you see here, a parting shoot to remember this one by.
It is making way for something else & I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to seeing what is next…

Spec List

Engine – SR20DET (320BHP)

Produced 320BHP at the Fly on (15/05/17) Graph Included
Nismo 555cc Injectors
GReddy Front Mount
GReddy Boost Gauge
GReddy Light Weight Pulley’s
Garrett GT2561 Roller Bearing Turbo (Fresh Rebuild)
Apexi Air Filter
Z32 Maf
Tubular Mani
All Engine Gaskets Replaced
D1 Spec Oil Catch Can
Exedy Clutch
Innovate AFR / Wide Band Gauge
Blitz Boost Controller
Unbranded Turbo Timer (Wired To Handbrake)
Front Mounted Oil Cooler
HKS Oil Filter
Titan 10/50 Race Oil
NGK Cooper Plugs
Japspeed Alloy Radiator
Silicon Hoses
Owens Development Wastegate
Kakimoto Racing Exhaust (Track Friendly)
De-Cat
Engine Damper
Digital GPS Speedometer (MPH & KPH)
Battery Relocated To Boot
ALWAYS ran on Shell V-Power (You can’t run it on anything less)

Chassis / Brakes / Wheels

Top Fuel Coilovers
Ikeya Formula Adjustable Rose Joints Front & Rear
Front & Rear Strut Braces
Japspeed Castor Arms
Kaaz 1.5 Way Diff
Cusco Half Cage
Zero Rust Underneath With A Fresh Underseal
Full 4 Wheel Alignment Carried Out Recently

Rota Grids 18 x 10 ET30 (Front & Back)
Yokohama Neova AD08R Tyres
265 / 35 / 18 (Rear)
235 / 40 / 18 (Front)
D1 Spec Nuts

D1 Spec 355mm 2 Piece Discs With 6 Pot Calipers (Front)
Stock Rears With Red Stuff Pads
Drift Button Handbrake
Cusco Master Cylinder Stopper

Interior

2 x Motamec Racing GP1 Bucket Seats (FIA – 2022)
2 x Driftworks Super Low Sidemount Seat Rails
2 x Genuine 4 Point Hardnesses With Seatbelt Buckle
350mm Neo Chrome / Dished Suede Steering Wheel
NRG Short Hub Boss Kit
Fire Extinguisher Installed In Glove Box
Custom Door Cards, Glovebox & Gear Knob Gaiter. (I still have all of the original parts untouched which will be included if the floral interior isn’t your thing).
Purple Bubble Long Gear Stick
Broadway Mirror
JVC KW-V20BT Double Din Unit With Bluetooth / Phone
Stripped Back (I Still Have The Seats & Plastics)

Body / Exterior

Nissan L42 Red Purple Paint With Flake (Glitters In Sun)
Origin Lab Rear 55mm Fenders
Origin Lab Side Skirts / Front & Rear Bumper
EPRacing 30mm Front Fenders
DMax Carbon Bonnet
DMax Roof Spoiler
Rocket Bunny Rear Spoiler
Carbon Boot Lid
Aero Catches with keys
Brick Headlights
GTR Grill
Rhino Lip Front & Side Splitters
Electric Folding Mirrors
Single Wiper Conversion
Rear Neon Lights With Controller
Rear Half Tinted Lights

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VLOG 1 | Goodwood FOS

21st March 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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This is a look behind the curtain, a peak behind the scenes, an insight in to what happens at an event to bring you coverage. Lets head back to the 2016 season & kick this series off.


For me Goodwood Festival of Speed was one of those bucket list events. To go there is fantastic, to be asked to work there & provide coverage of the event was simply incredible! A highlight of my career as a photographer. Was it one of the hardest events I’ve ever had the pleasure to work at? Oh yeh! Was it worth it? Totally!

This post isn’t just to churn up old content though, I’ve wanted to put it together to hopefully share with you all something new. I said to myself at the start of last year that I wanted to begin keeping a diary of my work travels, something that would become a memory for me to keep. Why? Well I go around taking pictures of so many amazing people in so many awesome locations, which is fantastic, but I have no actual memories of being at those places other than my work…

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It all started off with selfies… yep its a slippery slope people. A few shots here and there with friends, then coming home from events & projects & printing them on polaroids & displaying them around the flat. Great, memories were becoming physical things & I was loving it. However this wasn’t enough for me, capturing moments with people was fantastic & a big part of what I needed but it didn’t capture the emotion at the time, the overall atmosphere & the sounds.


I spoke with a few people & got inspired. I then took a brave ‘DontBeSelfConcious’ pill & the vlogs were born. What better place to kick them off than at Goodwood Festival of Speed! I thought to myself, if there is one place where I shouldn’t ever run out of content then that has got to be it.
Obviously it was a first time try, I was shy, nervous as hell & despite planning out ideas in my head I was not even sure what I wanted to capture as soon as I hit that record button on the camera. I did it though, I filmed a lot & created something & kicked off my series of vlogs which can be checked out in their entirety on the Status Error Youtube channel that I run alongside Gianni.

This was a great start for me, ticked what I was after entirely. It became something I can keep & have as a memory. It all developed from there & even went on to become fun to continue these vlogs as the year went on. There is still masses of room for improvement but I enjoy doing it and that really is all that matters when it comes down to it.


Hopefully you all enjoy the insight as I will be sharing them all on here as I go & include several of my photos from the various events to better show you what it was like. I want to share with you not only the work I created but my experience and what it was like for me to be there.

Thank you all for reading my thoughts & watching 🙂

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