Face to face with my ’90s idol

In 1999 I remember coming across a photo of a yellow and black Nissan in Japan that ran under a series known as JGTC.  Ever since that moment it was love at first sight. This car has adorned my computer desktop, I have built models of it, driven it in Gran Turismo lap after lap and it just seems to have been the one car that I have never forgotten.  It was one of the first Japanese competition machines I ever stumbled across, so not long ago I decided to track it down and do something I never thought as a 15-year old I would have the chance to do – come face to face with it.

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Keep photography fun

I have always been much more interested in taking photos, rather than writing and blogging. Although this year I have decided to be more active in actually doing something with the photos I take, not just jamming them onto a hard drive and forgetting about them.

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See ya 2017…

Twenty seventeen has been an odd, but unusually satisfying year behind the lens for me.  It has been the first time in a long that that I haven’t set foot in Japan at all, and I thought this would be weirder than it actually was.  Most of you know me for my heavily Japanese orientated content, and the prospect of  predominantly shooting non-Japanese subjects scared me a little.  I jumped out of my comfort zone a bit, and enjoyed the new subjects that I found in front of me.

Now it is time to sum up the year that was, and I have taken nine shoots or events to showcase this year.  Some crazier than others, but all were such an awesome experience to capture. Continue reading »

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Taming the untameable – Group B

“This car reacts faster than I can think; it is impossible to keep up with it!” These were the words that Timo Salonen uttered to waiting media when he pulled his Peugeot 205T16 into time control in Finland 1986.  As the beads of sweat on his face glistened under the setting Finnish sun, he pulled out a cigarette, lit up, and surveyed the time-control board.  A trail of smoke crept out through the perspex side window of the angrily rumbling Peugeot as he engaged first gear and idled off to the next stage.

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The lone Zakspeed

*This article was originally produced for Classic Ford, a UK-based magazine*

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Plenty of race cars come and go, but a special few manage to etch themselves deep into our memory banks. Unfortunately, so many of these special breed of race cars share one thing in common – and this story is no different.  They often disappear as fast as they lap the tarmac once they are retired. While Gary Wilkinson was in Johor Malaysia, he caught word that there was an Escort in a workshop that he might want to have a look at.  As a passionate Ford man, Gary needed to know more.

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Trendsetting – TRA-Kyoto S30

Kei Miura is a leader and leaders always get heat.  They’re always going against the grain, Nakai-san takes heat, Kato-san takes heat, every great artist takes heat.  Heat means they are doing something right.  Anarchists have always taken the path less travelled and ultimately by listening to the voices of passion and ignoring those on social media we have bonkers creations such as the TRA-Kyoto S30Z.

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Micromachine with a wild streak

It might be pint-sized, it might not be an obvious choice, but believe it or not this micro-machine packs more punch than it lets on.  Yes it is a Suzuki Swift, which is perfect for grabbing groceries, pottering off to the garden centre in, or picking up granny on a Sunday afternoon.  This particular example though, would for sure give granny a full-blown heart attack.


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4 doritos in a dinghy

A while back I did a spotlight post on a very special boat that is circulating around ponds here in New Zealand, although this one breaks the mold.  Jet sprinting originated in NZ, and is dominated by V8-powered boats.  So when Peter Huijs showed up back in the day with boat that sounded slightly different, we all sat up and took notice.

Jetsprinting in a nutshell, is a jetboat with a crew consisting of a driver and a navigator racing against the clock through a twisting series of channels in 70-100cm of water. Each run usually takes around 55 seconds, and consists of 25-30 changes in direction, and as far as spectator sports go this one is hard to top!

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Adventures of 2016

2016 has been much less automotive orientated than expected, yet some of the things I was lucky to experience are without a doubt some of the biggest and most satisfying to date.  Compiling a post that captures the best of what a photographer shoots in a year, without it getting out of hand is insanely difficult, and that level only ramps up year by year.  So let’s get into it.  In no particular order is my favourite parts of 2016 captured through my lens.

1 – RAUH-Welt Begriff New Zealand 001 & 002

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Chigiri – the human element

Life at times is very impersonal.  Scrolling through my Facebook and Instagram feeds consists 90% of cars, it feels like we are starting to forget the human element when it comes to photographing the car scene.  We always talk about the people behind the builds…why not the people in front of the builds? The machinery is a by-product of people not the other way around.

This post is dedicated to the human element of ‘Chigiri’. It shows the experiences and the people Nakai-san brought together in Melbourne to make for an unforgettable experience.

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