Monthly Archives: March 2011

From Then and Now

Five Great months between these.

Super Charged LSX 240z of Alert Motorsport
Targa Hampton Downs stage

Warrick in #12
Doing pretty well for less then half a test day in his new / old F5000
Chris Amon Festival of motor Sport

Intricate jig, spotted at Kumeu Hot Rod show.
So cool.

Something I was trying off our front deck when the sun was going down…
It didnt work.
But this looked pretty cool.

Thank ya.


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#08 D1 Rookie Cefiro at 1/13th

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HD Sounds of Chrome..

So we ended up going to Hampton Downs, Sounds of Chrome a couple of Sundays ago now.
Really.. I hate to say it, but
I felt less then inspired to do much shooting…
But as soon as we had a quick recce I got into it..

Mabey youve noticed or not..

That I absoutly Love the style these cars have.
In a show full of shine and chrome..
These particular cars really do it for me.

The way this event turned out,
I thought it was more for the drivers then the spectators.
Which is totally fine, of course.
A few trade stands..

Warmed tyres on a Cuda.
A lot less then the 600 odd cars turned up..

During the breif hour we were at the show..
Walking past this car many times and taking a few shots.
Restricted hot laps interupted by a burnout area at the end of the down hill hair pin.

Yellow Three.

A nice way to kill a Sunday.


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I thought I’d never do this!

Post a music video.
You have to check this.
Its weird.
The video is cool.
And I like it.
Thanks Liana for being a super geek and chatting to people on Omegle!

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Oh it’s the Weekend!

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Sweet weekend on the river, and the Streets.

The river.

5400 RPM
60 MPH
Dosnt seem like to much..

Using only one pedal… The GO pedal..
Seems a lot Fun.
There were harnesses, did we use them?
No, Its a bad idea in deep water.
Did my camera get wet?
Of course it did.
(how much moisture can they take?)

Is a lot of fun.
These are special low power (50-200hp) jet units,
Made just for low power applications.
A home made design,
A few sold to General Motors for testing of their engines.
200 units ready for United Emirates.
24 ready for NZ..
These Jet Sprints have 100hp, in 12ft 3″ shallow hull.
You won’t belive how crossed up you can get this Jet Sprint.
Imagine on a closed course the sensation of speed
You would feel piloting this.

Oh its great.
They’re a go kart on the water.
You feel everything.
I can’t wait to drive it again.
With the new engine.
20-30 kgs lighter..

I’m excited.

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First time at the Battle of the Streets..

6:30 am
Alarm sounding.
I Need to get up.
It’s a Sunday, and up at 6:30? Only ever for an Event like this.
Today is Paeroa Battle of the streets.

Getting to Patamahoe at around 8am
I turn up the the soft rumble of the Corvette warming up
Sun’s up, no clouds.
Today is going to be great.

To the photos,
Post Classic SideCars during morning warmup,
#199 of Simon and Maxine stepping it out in their Norton Atlas 750

We had the best run down to Paeroa for this event, clear skies and road the whole trip
Taking a few side roads to get there.
Chasing a few bikes through the corners

Steve Clark powering out his CBR 600 onto the front straight of Paeroa

We turn up around 9:30/10
Parking is easy,
Bikes are plenty.
Sun block on.
Shit is hawt.

I can’t remember What or Who’s bike this is..
But it sure did look Hella awsome, sitting in front of the Tractors…
I think showing what the Country of NZ is all about,

Finding decent corners to Watch the racing was easy,
Finding decent cornders for Shooting was a bit harder.
Being a street circuit,
It was tight packed together full of people.
Thats ok,
We made do.

#165 which I cant find the details of… Leading the BMW S1000 of Sloan Frost in the King of the streets, which turned out to be a race of changing the lead of every corner of every lap.

This particular corner was fully packed of all kind of photographers of the more professional kind.
Watching some of their live veiw of the shots they flicked through really annoyed me..

I’m pretty sure this is Tony Rees bailing off of a Yamaha R1 comming out of the Hair Pin, turn 7..
This is the only shot of him comming off his bike… as I have my camera set at a pretty low shutter speed, as you can see. I quite like this shot… It’s kind of out of focus as the point of the front wheel and the rest is a quite the hot mess Mind Fuck photograph that I like to take..

Because of the ones I saw were in the exact same position,
with high shutter speed, freezing the bike in focus and ones around it
and, different bikes, but same place on the track.
Sure, its for commercial useage.. But.. They’re deffinatly lacking..

#294 Ducati TT2 of Steve Bridge, having a turn at leading the SuperMotard bikes


Suzuki GSX 600 of John Carter of New Plymouth hitting the front straight on the streets…

Aside from that, mid morning beer time.
Many bars open before 12
Which was good for us.
Even got asked by a racer could see my photos..

Shane Taylor Killin’ it heading past the bridge onto the back straight

These were great to watch,
Kind of like car racing,
You’re never to sure on how theyre going to come through the corner
since they dont exactly have the same precision as motorcycles
So always had to stay at the ready to shoot.

Darren & Karl if Katikati keepin it real through the S bend on the Kawasaki SideCar.

Sloan Frost again, Leading the pack in the BEARS class around the Suzuki S bend.
& if you must know the BEARS stand for British, European, American Racing series.
I thought was some of the best racing of the day.

F2 SideCars.. Turns out that the swinger on this Yamaha 600 powered bike is my mates friend.. Which I thought was pretty cool.
Being the only F2 bike in a feild of F1’s they did pretty well, even placing in front of some of the F1s.

Short wheelbase, 1300cc..
Watching this particular machine was wicked fun and was great shooting it.
Never really knowing how it’s going to enter/exit the corner..

This is a shot the of the same Yamaha that bailed later in the day.
Popping wheels and getting twitchy out of every corner.

Working with what I had and where I was,
This happend.
Yeeah, it’s a mess.

James Clarke comming over and through the bridge at ‘Westpac Corner’.

Pre ’82s..
Beers were had.
Sun blareing
Already burnt..

I think this class was some of the best Motorcycle racing ive seen..
Sean Donnelly on the Kawasaki Z1 swapping lead with Bernard Ryan on the Moto Guzzi LeMans 850
in the Pre ’82 class.

As the end of the day came
We catch up with my mate.
The trip back was pretty eventfull..
Traffic jams
Back road jams
The dog is okay.

For the last shot of this post…
Andrew Stroud was out prancing around in a New Zealand great….
A home built world Giant Killer Motorcycle.
I was so excited to see this bike Finally run, i’ve seen it so many times over the years, but never running…
Wheel stands, stoppies, burnouts…
Putting the Classic through its paces.

So that’s it from the Battle of the Streets in Paeroa!
Cheers Paeroa for putting on a fully sick day!
Can’t wait for next year!

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