Mark suggested a day trip to Southport; until I arrived it had completely slipped my mind that there was a great opportunity to take photos of the skate park from the pier. Last year I took a photo of a guy jumping the spine ramp. Today was much better, the light was fantastic and in the right place, there were also many more people out on their bikes and boards. The person in the photograph above was clearly one of the oldest and most experienced riders in the park and he got some great air off this vert ramp. I really like the look of the graffiti underneath the bike.
I was stood in Whinlatter Forest a few months ago waiting for cars to come racing around the corner. As far as I could tell, they weren’t setting off in any kind of order on the lists printed off the website and so I never knew what car or class of car was going to come power sliding around the corner towards my camera. Obviously, these cars are very loud and I could hear this one coming from quite far away. This is one of the sharpest ones in my set of photographs that were taken from this point and with the splash from a small puddle it makes the image much more powerful and dynamic in my opinion.
My dad drives a Ford Focus, but thankfully not like this! Surprisingly Hugh Hunter, the driver of this car was in the top three or four over the ten stages and completed the 45 mile rally, presumably without a bumper for the majority of the race. The water splash looks extremely dramatic here and by the looks of things scares the co-driver a lot. It almost looks more like smoke than water, but it was just a large muddy puddle. It is probably a good job there are no night stages to the Malcolm Wilson rally as with only one headlight it would be almost impossible to finish the race.
When I think of car rallies there are two cars I think of, one being the Subaru Impreza and the second being this car picture above. The Mitsubishi Evo is a fantastic rally car and this one sounded amazing. The noise from the engine really went through me as I stood under some trees in the middle of Whinlatter Forest as the car power-slid around the corner just a few feet away from me. This particular Evo IX was driven by Thomas Naughton with Horace Saville as the co-driver. After doing a little research on the British Trial Drivers Association website, the reason this photo is so sharp is probably because the car was being driven slowly around the corner. The car retired from the rally soon after this photograph was captured because of a broken differential.