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Lotus Cars Australia to enter Targa Tasmania

Lotus Range 2015

Lotus Cars Australia will enter the Targa Tasmania Rally’s with Tv Personality Grant Denyer.


Front Cover of Tarmac Magazine – Ken Block Edition

After shooting Ken Block’s Melbourne Gymkhana event last month, time has almost arrived for the feature issue of Tarmac magazine to hit the news stands

This week I got first look at the draft front cover of the magazine, it is still a work in progress but it looks good so far.

More images and full feature to come soon when its all finished




David Higgins Smashes Mt. Washington Hillclimb Record

Pikes Peak wasn’t the only hill climb event being run last weekend. On the other side of the country in New Hampshire there was another event being run.

The Climb to the Clouds is held on the Mt Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire and first opened in 1861 as the Mt Washington Carriage Road.

Quote below is from Climb to the Clouds site

“The 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road is one of the ultimate challenges for driver and automobile. The serpentine tarmac and gravel road is lined with trees and dramatic drop-offs as it winds its way to the 6,288 foot summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak. Considered to be one of the oldest motorsports events in the United States, the Climb to the Clouds was first run in 1904, seven years before the first 500-mile race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis and twelve years prior to the inaugural Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in Colorado. The last time the Climb to the Clouds was run was in 2001.”

As quoted above the event hasn’t been run since 2001, not much has been written about the event until last year when Travis Pastrana and Red Bull thought they would give the record a crack

Pastrana went on to smash the previous record by 20secs

Click after the jump to see the full videos of his run

David Higgins from the Isle of Man in the UK this year broke the official race record at the return of the Climb to the Clouds event, which was brought back to held celebrate the 150th birthday of the Mt Washington Auto Road.

As well as Higgins there was a long line of other interesting vehicles attending the Climb, including the awesome Freightliner Cascadia  race-truck, with an amazing 1,950HP, of Mike Ryan

Read on below for the full release about the event, but hopefully they bring the event back in 2012 as well

Full Press Release and more images and video after the jump


2010 Year in Review – Joel Strickland Photographics

Well 2010 is almost over and on the eve of my last photo shoot for 2010

I thought I would pull together a selection of my images from 2010 from all the different events I have covered and throw them into a slide show using a program I have been using called Animoto

The result is listed below


Targa Tas goes International

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

Rally Qld 2009 – Reccy

It was wet and overcast conditions that greeted us as we headed off to reccy the stages this morning for Rally Queensland

First up we checked one my favorites stages called Kandanga Long, this has been a favorite for many years, lots of good spots including a great Railway crossing. Parts of this stage were very slippery and slushy from the recent rains, but we managed to get thru.

We then moved into the middle stages, the first couple were very slippery from the rain, couple of interesting moments with the car sliding over the road.

On to the last stage we had to do, we really thought we would be over the worst part but we were wrong.

No sooner did we start driving in the stage, we found the going very tough with the car really struggling for traction.

After less then 3kms we got stuck going up a steep hill, we manged to back down and give it another try but no luck again.

We had traffic starting to catch up to us, so we waved them all thru and tried again, but we again got stuck, but we weren’t the only ones, a few cars in front were in the same boat.

We helped get the two stuck cars in front of us out and then we got given a hand up the hill.

That was the end of our reccy as it was the last stage we had to do, so we left the rest of the crews to try and find their ways thru the stages. But we had found what we needed. So back to the Hotel via Noosa for Lunch and the best ice cream on the Coast.

Shakedown and Media day tomorrow followed by the Official start.

Targa Day 5 – What a Amazing 5 days !!!

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

Ben Wooster on his way to 3rd in Late Modern

Brendan Reeves climbs through the hills of Queenstown

Kevin Weeks on stage not long before his big accident

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

Tv Helicopter above Tony Quinn's GTR

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

Kevin Weeks & Rebecca Crunkhorn Accident

Kevin Weeks & Rebecca Crunkhorn Accident

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.

2009 Targa Winners Tony Quinn & Naomi Tillett

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

2009 Targa Winners Tony Quinn & Naomi Tillett

It made for a great image, which ended up being run on the back page of the Launceston Examiner

Back page of Examiner Newspaper

Here are the top 3 in the outright classic podium

The Top 3 crews in the outright Modern podium

Tony Quinn cops the Champagne after the podium presentation

Tony Quinn cops the Champagne after the podium presentation

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 ?