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My city drive and street driving, on another level

10 Jul

With the drop of the amazing Gymkhana 5 video that Ken Block released yesterday, I thought I’d share his video and my rally pictures from X-Games.  This drive Ken Block does at the beginning of the video into the city is my exact drive to work (if I were to drive and not take the train).  All of the Gymkhana videos he has made have been AMAZING but this one is extra special since it was made in my city 🙂  I’ve also been introduced to the rally/autocross world over the past few years and find it to be very fun.  If only you could rip around a car with no worries of wrecking it and the city blocking off streets all over for you.  Oh yes, and helicopters following and filming.  They really go large scale to make these videos that are nothing short of incredible.  Watch and welcome yourself to San Francisco!

At X-Games, the cars would open their doors and drive slow after a race lap.  I’m sure to let all of the heat out and/or get some fresh air running through.

Getting ready.

In the pits.

Subaru.

Design your own car!

View from the pits.  The hot wheels loop and downtown LA.

Cool down.

The pits!  You could walk around and check out all the cars and crews.  Pretty cool to see it all up close and personal.

They sectioned off a bunch of LA streets to create a street rally course in downtown.

We got dangerously close for a bit.  You can see a bunch of the tire tracks from practice.

Crowds lined the entire street course to see the crowd favorites Ken Block and Travis Pestrana.

Gold – Sebastian Loeb, Silver – Ken Block, Bronze – Brian Deegan.

Behind the scenes – to walk around to get to different parts of the X Games there were all of these back walkways to get around the crowds with special access.  I thought this was awesome, you could walk, skate, bike, moto, or anything with wheels.  Not only were there stairs everywhere but ramps.

X-Games VERT!

9 Jul

Massive.

Jamie Bestwick was majorly impressive and made it look effortless.

A few spills but everyone was OK.

HUGE.

Medal Ceremony.
Gold – Jamie Bestwick, Silver – Vince Byron, Bronze – Simon Tabron.

The elevated balconies in the middle is where I got all my shots from.  Media access is AMAZING.  Talk about incredible views all around.

Park Warriors

6 Jul

I thought I’d add some of my Park photos to kick off the weekend.  Also, some photos of the actual event and what it looked like.  It was overwhelming in one of the best ways possible.  I felt like a 5 year old on Christmas Eve.  I couldn’t help but want to see everything.

The X Games was massive.  They completely took over the streets of downtown LA and slathered them with action.  Here’s just one entrance.

There were blimps, airplanes and helicopters constantly flying overhead.

The Hot Wheels Loop!!  One of the coolest things ever.

Also, one of the most dangerous stunts.  Seeing the concept of little action toys brought to life.

There were features everywhere for little kids to play on as well.  Here’s a balance inflatable structure where kids were competing to see who could stay on their skateboard deck the longest.

The Rob Dyrdek Street League larger than life skateboard!  I personally LOVE fantasy factory and this skateboard was massive.

Another awesome area of the X Games was the park.  They held contests here for BMX and Skate.  This course was more amusing in the sense that because there were bowls and dips everywhere, the athletes seemed to just have one long run as opposed to 5-10 different lines of tricks.

Some shots I looked at after the contest and just thought, you would never know this athlete made if back on the bike but he did.  It’s incredible the extension they can pull off with such little air time.

There’s Pete and Zack – I was there with them shooting photos while they shot episodes for their CW TV show B-Sides.  They interviewed all major athletes and showed me the ropes around X Games as they’ve been a few times.  They were the ones awarding me the amazing opportunity to go shoot some photos.

About to kick off Skate Park.

Hand plants.

Andy MacDonald.  Veterans throwing down.

Shadows!

Little skater, big air.

Style for days.  Ben Raybourn was one of my favorites.  He had awesome flare and he was always pushing the limits on the tricks he was going for or trying something different than the other skaters.

Gap.

Pedro.

BMX Park standings: Gold – Scotty Cranmer, Silver – Ryan Nyquist, and Bronze – Pat Casey.

Skateboard Park standings: Gold – Pedro Barros, Silver – Ben Hatchell, and Bronze – Rune Glifberg.

I still have so many more photos to share.  We haven’t even gotten into the indoor events so I hope you’re not bored yet 🙂 Happy Friday and I hope you have a great weekend!