We are excited to show off some of our best photographs from 2015. There is quite a variety because each one of our photographers has a passion for either NASCAR, MotoGP, WEC, classic cars, history of cars and of course motoring photography in general. Have a look and discover how they use their passion in showing off their favourite subjects.
We start off with our photographer Zoltan Papp from Hungary. Each of Zoltan’s photographs are a work of art. He called the photo above Mini vs Mini: “That was a great experience for me. This Cooper replica is an absolutely perfect copy of a Rauno Aaltonen rally car – he and the owner of the original car proved and signed it – and we pushed hard on curvy roads to find some similarities and differences with the new John Cooper Works. The older one was the better by far!” (Zoltan’s own words)
“These guys are probably the best in Central Europe if someone needs to maintain, restore or completely rebuild a classic coach or bus. The the place of the restoration company is a chicken farm from the ex-communist era in a rural area. The team has a deep knowledge of heavy vehicles, especially the Ikaruses. The man with the hat is the chief, Antal Béke. They made a chilli for us in a simple open basin, the table was a chassis…”
“This is a very good, almost unmolested example of the Skoda S100. It has only 47000 km in the tacho. It’s simply unbelievable if one knows the era when these cars were used. For the shoot we went to a small airfield. I think that was the perfect place for this car.”
“I’ve taken the photos for the owner who wants to sell this freshly restored Jag. This is a rare Series 1,5 car with matching numbers. The day of the shoot started badly with dense fog but when the car rolled off the trailer, the sun came out and created a magical feeling. The story of the car goes into the January issue of the Oldtimer & Youngtimer Magazine.”
“I spent a day at the famous Lopresto Collection and took a full set of photos of the cars. This image is my favourite one of the detail shots.”
Annie’s best photographs of 2015 are quite different. Annie lives in California and is a motorsport nut. She says: “I’m quite fortunate in that I have the great opportunity to write about and photograph many different series throughout each year. My choices all have a rationale behind them.”
“Photographing Sage as he dives into turn 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I tried to get the speed of the car as well as the outline of the Wheels & Wings and IndyCar logos… I’d guess Sage was traveling well in excess of 220mph when I photographed him. Sure hope he finds a ride next year…”
“Had you told me Del would win the NHRA Funny Car title earlier this year, I would have laughed you off. After all, Jack Beckman had six wins by the end of the “regular season” of the first 18 races. Then Worsham and his “Yella Fellas” came alive, winning four of the six playoff races in the Countdown to the Championship and bringing Connie Kalitta his first title in ages!”
“Hines likely clinched his fifth title when his competitor in the Las Vegas finals, Jerry Savoie threw the race away by fouling at the start.”
“The guy who was supposed to be the poster boy for Americans in F1, was intended to kill it in NASCAR, who hoped to qualify a tub of goo at Indy has finally found a good home with Volkswagen Andretti Global Rallycross (VARX). He has grown up and learnt his racing craft; loved this wheel stand during the San Pedro race just 15 minutes from where I live.”
“Sebastien Bourdais would go on to win the second race at Belle Isle, but the Sunday qualifying session I was photographing, in the pounding rain, was called due to the weather. Had they allowed the drivers to do what they’re trained to do, Sage Karam would have been on pole, but I have no doubt Seb would have come through…”
You should know John quite well by now. John is enjoying blogging for us and he has produced many interesting articles this past year. These are some of his best photographs from 2015:
Dario is our Belgian/Italian photographer with a passion for MotoGP. Dario wants to pursue a career as a motorsport photographer and has been to all the European MotoGPs this year.
And this completes part 1 of our best photographs of 2015. Hope you have enjoyed our look back. Watch out for part 2!
Written by: Elke Smale and photographers