Easily one of my favorite events of the year, Matsuri did not disappoint. I was driving all weekend with a relentlessly reliable SR20DET which I didn’t want to get away from, but I got some key photo throughout the weekend. I’ll be making a post of all the awesome things I spotted in the coming weeks!
So here they are – the photos you haven’t seen from our trip to meet MotorFIX at their YZ circuit Sokokai in 2011. I never published any of these photos so this is completely fresh content. At the time they were the unwanted shots, the duplicates, the off cuts, the not in-focus enoughs. For whatever reason it seemed like a better idea to leave these shots out. Now looking back at the photos from four years ago I’m happy I didn’t post these as it’s given me a reason to go through them all again. I’ve taken particular care to not post any photos too similar to the original post, so I’m hoping you’ll see a different perspective of this event that hasn’t been shown until now.
Of all the events I attend Shannons Nationals is one of the very few non-drifting events that I can’t wait to come around every year. I have a huge love for circuit racing but it depends greatly on the category for me to be really excited about it. This is the reason I love Shannons Nationals so much – there is a huge variety of exciting categories including Porsche GT3 cup cars, Formula 3, Formula Ford and Kerrick Sports Sedans, just to name a few. The entire series is run over 8 rounds, one of which happens to be at our local track Queensland Raceway where I spent the day shooting on the 8th of August. Read on and check out all my photos from the day!
Back in 2013 I was given the amazing opportunity to shoot several cars for the renowned Japanese drifting magazine, Drift Tengoku. It’s safe to say that this was well and truly a dream come true for me. I couldn’t just pick any particular cars however – the brief that was given to me was to find cars that were ‘uniquely Australian’ as the editor wanted to show their Japanese readers something they had never seen before. Enter Roger Callan’s LS powered MX83 Cressida. This car was the perfect choice; an Australian delivered Cressida was to be a rare sight in a country saturated with Chaser, Cresta and Mark II drift cars. That combined with the choice of engine in this particular Cressida made for a very unique sight for the Japanese audience.
There’s no denying we appreciate our own photos more as time passes by. We love seeing old photos because they conjure up memories that may not have seemed as important at the time of taking them. Admittedly, the photos you are about to see I had completely forgotten about until I recently found them in a draft of this post. The photos seemed somewhat bland at the time but now I look back and they remind me of each amazing moment during that weekend in 2014.
Spent the majority of the day today at Queensland Raceway taking photos of the Shannons Nationals. I absolutely love going to this event for the variety and the quality of the circuit cars that can be seen there. A particular favorite is to watch the stunning Porsches of the GT3 Cup Challenge. This is just a teaser for now but I’ll be putting up a variety of content from this event over the next week or two.
It’s a spectacular and unfortunate sight that we see every now and then yet rarely catch. The top reasons to never grab an image like this is usually due to checking images or refocusing for the next car coming up. Back in 2013 at WTAC however I was quick enough to snap this shot of the Sutton Brothers S15 losing its bonnet as came over the crest between corner 3 & 4.
Here’s one from the archives which never made it to print, so to speak.
It’s no secret that Nigel Petrie’s 180sx is one of our favorite cars to shoot, and even more so one of our favorite cars to look at. Even when slightly out of focus this car looks damn good.
This is something of a very basic appreciation post for the guys from Gravy Garage. As you have probably noticed from the black and gold blurs posted here over last week these guys had a very solid presence at Rad Times with three of their crew out. As a result I have lots of photos of them. It’s fair to say that these guys absolutely nail the idea of a drift team with matching paint, liveries and all round feel of their cars.
Below is a collective of some unseen photos of the guys from Gravy Garage at Rad Times as well as the best photos posted over the past week!
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