Lotus Cars Australia will enter the Targa Tasmania Rally’s with Tv Personality Grant Denyer.
June 27, 2016 | Categories: Automotive, Lotus, Motorsport, Rallying | Tags: grant denyer, lotus, lotus cars australia, Rally, simply sports cars, Targa, targa high country, Targa Tasmania, Tarmac Rallying | Leave a comment
Everyone loves Targa, the whole state of Tasmania gets behind it. On the mainland depending on what magazines or newspapers are covering the event, the coverage extends over Bass Straight.
This year though, in the lead up to the event I got a email from a Abu Dhubi Newspaper who were interested in running a story on the event
About a week after the event finished the article came out, im fairly happy with the results
Well the end is here, 5+ days of the event has finally come to a end.
What a awesome 5 days it has been, over 2000kms driven and close to 7000 frames taken on two camera’s
Only two days of partly rainy days, otherwise the weather was quite good
Last leg of the event is the run from Strahan on the West Coast through to Queenstown and the famous 99 bends stage up the hills out of the town, then down through the central highlands to Hobart.
Queenstown is one of my favorite stages as the tight twisty bends out of town make for such great images and no matter where you stand it makes for great pictures
Every year there is usually a Helicopter filming the cars climb up through the hills and every year I try to get it in the shot with the cars. This year I succeeded, as you can see below
After the stage has finished, we have to drive out of the stage to follow the cars back to Hobart for the finish. On the way back to Hobart we generally find the cars that have gone off on the stages lying by the side of the road
This year was no exception after finding a Ferrari off in the trees and a Porsche upside down, we came across the bad accident of Kevin Weeks and Rebecca Crunkhorn. They had ended up off the side of the road in a big ditch, the emergency services were with them and the road was closed as a result. We waited for them to be removed from the car and for Kevin to airlifted to Hobart for checks.
After they were removed from the car we were able to grab a couple of shots of car in the ditch
Not a pretty site of the poor Lamborghini
We then headed straight back to Hobart in time for the finish.
After 5 days of hard driving, Tony Quinn and Naomi Tillett were the clear winners of the event.
Before the podium the top 3 cars in each category were pulled aside and put in a separate car park. In between interviews with the media, I found time to grab Quinn and Tillett and to set up shots with both of them and their race GTR.
After I took this first image of them, Tony turned to me and said “do you want me up on the bonnet?” I said why not.
I already had two SB800’s in use, one on camera as a master and the 2nd off camera as remote.
So up on the Bonnet they both jumped, and out to the side of the camera I sent the 2nd flash
It made for a great image, which ended up being run on the back page of the Launceston Examiner
I think he enjoyed it, it only took him 10 attempts to win the event, i think he was very happy with the result
So ends Targa 2009, a great event, even better then 2008 I think
Bring on Targa Wrest Point and Targa Tasmania 2010 I think
Is it too early to start counting days ?
May 4, 2009 | Categories: Automotive, Motorsport, Motorsport Photography, Photography, Published Work, Sports Photography | Tags: Nissan, Nissan GTR, Rallying, Targa, Targa Tasmania, Tarmac Rallying, Tasmania, Tony Quinn | Leave a comment
Day 4 is always a long one as we start the day in Launceston and end up in Strahan on the West Coast
We start the day on the Cethana stage, we found this stage during Rally Tasmania earlier this year and we thought we would head back for Targa
We weren’t disappointed it was a very scenic spot with some great images
After uploading images to my site, for the media, we headed across to the West Coast, it was a tight time limit to make the last stage. We just made it in time before the stage was closed.
We drove in and found a spot not too far in, just as the rain started
We then headed into to Strahan, just as the last bit of light was about to disappear. I grabbed a quick dusk photo of Strahan.
The cars were all parked in a large car park overnight, it was nicely flood lit, I wondered around and took some quick images
May 3, 2009 | Categories: Automotive, Motorsport, Motorsport Photography, Night Photography, Photography, Sports Photography | Tags: Joel Strickland, Motorsport, Rallying, Targa, Targa Tasmania, Tarmac Rallying, Tasmania | 1 Comment
The idea for today was to go out and shoot some really nice scenic images out in the Tasmanian country side. Today’s stages were centred around the area just south of Devonport. Some very nice country side in that area and it made for some awesome pictures.
We headed off to a favorite spot from last year next, in the area of Mole Creek
The cars come down the hill out of the Forest into the open and makes for a very nice backdrop
For the last few days I have been trying to capture nice images of the flames that are emitted from the back of the two Lamborghini’s of Kevin Weeks and Jason White.
Just haven’t been able to capture it up until now
The spot I found this afternoon I had the feeling there would be a good chance to capture the flames.
I was not disappointed the flames that the car of Jason White’s were awesome and made for a great shot
That night they had the usual Targa fest on in the heart of Launceston city, they close off roads around the CBD and put all the cars on display.
Its a great opportunity for the public to get up close to the cars and drivers
Big day tomorrow as we head across to the West Coast
May 2, 2009 | Categories: Automotive, Motorsport, Motorsport Photography, Photography, Sports Photography | Tags: Joel Strickland, Lamborghini, Rally, Rallying, scenic image, sports photograqphy, Targa, Targa Tasmania, Tarmac Rallying, Tasmania | Leave a comment
Off to the Sidling stage first up over towards the East Coast of Tasmania
It was dark and cold as we left Launceston this morning. We watched the temperature gauge drop slowly as we crept up through the hills.
The lowest we saw before getting to the Sidling stage was -3C
Last year the stage was covered in fog and no sun.
This year it was a very different story with clear skies and sunshine, it made for some very nice scenic images
As well as the scenic images, I also shot some nice tight action shots, including the one of Dean Evans, putting the Lotus in the gravel
From here we headed back to Launceston, to cover the last stage of the day in the small town of Longford. It is a great street stage, the light is good late in the day and there is nice colour and action to be had
After Longford we head back to the Silverdome in Launceston for the end of day service, it was a nice opportunity to photograph the cars arriving back into the dome at the end of the day
May 1, 2009 | Categories: Automotive, Motorsport, Motorsport Photography, Photography, Sports Photography | Tags: Joel Strickland, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F2.8 G VR, Nikon D2x, Nikon D300, Rallying, sidling, Targa, Targa Tasmania, Tarmac Rallying, Tasmania | Leave a comment
First full day of Targa is here, we wanted to find a different place to last year, so we headed to one of the first stages of the day.
Found a nice spot right at the end of the stage, just before the flying finish.
Had the ability to shoot from inside the corner and from outside
Got some nice images
For the afternoon run we headed across to the Moriaty stage, it was a rush to try and make the next stage in time for the top guys, but we just made it.
The corner was a nice tight right hairpin with hills and crowd around the outside,
After getting the nice crowd shots I headed back up the stage to try and find a different shot
That ends the action for day 1
Now for Day 2
April 30, 2009 | Categories: Automotive, Motorsport, Motorsport Photography, Photography, Sports Photography | Tags: Joel Strickland, Lotus Exige, Nissan GTR, Targa, Targa Tasmania, Tarmac Rallying | Leave a comment