Tag Archives: rally

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.

Everything is right about getting extreme in the summertime

2 Jul

I had the pleasure of shooting the summer X-games this weekend in LA.  Talk about a dream come true.  I cannot wait to share all of my photos and stories with you this week 😀  Until I upload the DSLR shots, here’s a photo re-cap from my iPhone photos.  Enjoy!

Big Air!

Vert!

Street skate and bmx course.

Rally pits!

Staples Center for Moto!

Finals on Vert

Where all the press conferences were held for all podium athletes.  So interesting to hear them answer any and all questions.

Hot Wheels loop!

BMX Big Air from the top of the ramp side.  Un-real view.  I can’t wait to share these photos.

Skate and BMX bowls.

This was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had as a photographer and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.  I can’t wait to share all of the photos that I took of these talented athletes!

Mighty, mighty American

28 Feb

OK, so I don’t write every thing on my bucket list down here but it has always been on my bucket list to go to a Monster Truck Rally.  There just seems to be something so American about going to see over sized trucks jump dirt ramps and smash old cars.  It was just as amazing as I could have imagined and if you want a photo review of why it is so amazing, then you’ve come to the right place.  Enjoy!

Naturally, going with three of my best friends made it ten times better 🙂

We had pit passes but missed out because they started so early.  There is also an hour gap between the pits and the actual show so we decided to just make it to the show.

There are some die hard fans in the audience.  Here are some Gravedigger fans.

The set up.  In between the truck racing was quad racing which was pretty awesome as well.  Also, by the end this course got destroyed – it was so awesome!

The first half of the show was truck racing time trials, one on one.  These things haullll.

Painted flames on dirt haha.

Chelsea enjoying the warm box we had.  It was a cold night so thankfully we could stay warm.

Emily and I were at the windows just jumping up and down and screaming.  It was pretty amazing.

I don’t think smoke is a good sign.

Nope, not a good sign.

You could also watch interviews and close ups on the big screen.

I personally liked the Tasmanian Devil.  Not only was the truck bad-ass but it was the only machine with a girl driver.  She didn’t do well in the time trials but in the free style event, she was AWESOME!

There were a lot of close races.

Wheely!

Metal Mullisha took the time trial race.  Here’s the driver being interviewed.  I thought all of this was staged but apparently it’s not!

Winning.

Then the driver came in the stands and hung out with the fans.

Then the tractors all came out to set up for the Freestyle event… by far my favorite.  The tractors pushed these cars around like it was nothing.

After the set up, the drivers and their coaches or whoever get to come out on the course and map out a run for their freestyle.

Free style!

Ice Cream Man stomping.

The judges scoring old school style.  So awesome.

Tasmanian Devil!

Almost vertical.

I love the paint job with the teeth on this truck haha

Snorting smoke.

My personal favorite was when the trucks would roll.  I don’t know why.  Thank goodness no one got hurt, these machines are so strong but a lot of them would lose traction and just roll over.

When they rolled, they would get a tractor with a pulley that they’d attach to the bottom frame of the truck and then pull it back up.

Another roll but I liked this picture because of the driver coming out so triumphant.  This was the entire vibe of the event.  It was AWESOME when a truck rolled!

Huge air.

Free style winner, Maximum Destruction!

Maximum Destruction is the only truck that did a FULL roll landing back right side up and kept going.  Full amazement.

Champion.

And of course I couldn’t post without showing the crowd favorite, Grave Digger.

Although, Grave Digger went for it right away and rolled quickly disqualifying himself.

After the rally, the crew takes all of the wheels off of the trucks and puts them in their own trailer.  The body and wheels travel separately (at least as far as I’m aware of) to the next stop.

Dismantling.

We went to the Monster Jam at Oracle Arena in Oakland this past Saturday (Feb 25) but they are on tour and if you want to see this pure machinery fun for yourself you can check out where here.