This past November I had the privilege of going to Gateway, Colorado for the debut of the new Artic Cat Wildcat Trail for UTVUnderground.com. After checking out the website for the resort we were going to stay at (Gateway Canyons Resort) I knew there would be some great opportunities to get some real scenic photos.
For the first time I made the trip to Pacific Raceway just outside of Seattle Washington for the last race on the NHRA Western Swing. Its always exciting to visit a new NHRA track because you are forced to step out of your comfort zone. When you go somewhere you’ve shot before, its easy to get caught in doing the same thing you’ve always done, but at a new drag racing track every angle is new, each chance you take on a photo is something you haven’t shot before.
The Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series (LOORRS) came back once again to Glen Helen for their annual night race. Glen Helen is always a fan favorite with full crowds and standing room only. The short tight track makes for some great battles where passing is hard to come by.
Once again I made the trek out to Denver Colorado to shoot the NHRA race at Bandimere Speedway with my friend and fellow photographer Mark Rebilas to cover his various clients. Bandimere is a great track to shoot at as you get a night session for Friday’s qualifying (which equals flames!), and the stands are always packed with fans. Bandimere also has a special place in my heart as it was the first time I caught a Funny Car exploding and the car body flying off into the air.
The Over The Hump Race Series is a great mountain bike race based out of Irvine Lake here in beautiful Southern California. If you live here and ride mountain bikes, you owe it to yourself to check out an event and get your feet wet racing. Its a great atmosphere where friendship and the love of riding take precedence over competition. You have your pro and expert riders who come out to win but the majority and core group are enthusiasts who use riding as an escape from the stresses of the daily grind.