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Guernsey has a clear win at Sprint meetings.....
19th June 2016

I've been able to make an interesting comparison over the last two weekends. This was between the equivalent Jersey & Guernsey Sprint meetings.

It was the Jersey version that I photographed first. This was purely by chance as I only found out that it was on after picking up my media pass for Jersey Folklore Festival. The Jersey Sprint happens to be run just along the road from the Festival site.

I knew as soon as I came across the closed road what was likely to be happening and naturally I didn't want to miss the chance to photograph the event for the first time. Luckily for me the Clerk of the Course recognized me as an Accredited MSA photographer and I was allowed access on to the course. :-) Thanks.

I enjoyed a couple of hours shooting and came away with two impressions.

Firstly, the access given to the public in Jersey is so distant that they really can't get a 'feel' for the speed of competitors. Maybe that accounts for the low number of spectators there?

Secondly, there was a very small number of competitors. These were predominantly bikes. Where were the cars? The cars that did race were mostly road cars! :-(

So it was easy to make a comparison to the Guernsey Kart & Motor Club's Sprint just a week later.

Immediately it was obvious that there was a lot more interesting 'kit' on show. Everything from an exotic McLaren 675 LT to Dallara single seaters to custom-made Sprint Honda Fireblades to Mallocks and Westfields.... and lots of bikes too!

Then the other dramatic difference was the proximity that spectators are able to get to the 100mph+ racers. In Guernsey it is maybe three meters... Jersey perhaps twenty?

It makes a huge difference when you can literally feel the turbulence from a racing car as it punches its way through the air on a fast run. You also hear and 'feel' the noise. That's what Motorsport is all about :-)

So in this case I think it is a clear win for Guernsey ;-)

I've just added pics of the GK&MC Sprint to my Galleries. This is the first up as I needed to complete an edit for the Guernsey Press. My pics of the Jersey Sprint will follow....
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE GUERSEY SPRINT

****UPDATE****

The Gallery featuring the Jersey Motor Cycle & Light Car Club Sprint has now been added. Check-out the pics here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PICS OF THE GMC&LCC SPRINT
Folklore Festival manages to hit a high despite the foggy start...
14th June 2016

I'm just back from Folklore Festival in Jersey.

My overall impression was a good one with a couple of disappointments... but until we can control the weather there was not a lot that the Folklore organizers could have done to change things.

The positives include the fantastic secluded Festival setting in a valley below a high reservoir dam.

Folklore also has a very friendly, family vibe. This is re-enforced by the line-up of bands which played sets chosen to build a fun, party atmosphere... nothing too dark or heavy. This is a summertime festival after all and the Folklore site is within a few hundred meters of the expansive sands of St Ouen Bay.

All the ingredients were in place for the perfect summertime festival.

But then the weather had different plans!

This led to the other disappointment. Unfortunately two of the bands that many of us were longing to see didn't manage to land at the fogbound Jersey airport.

There was a lot of reorganizing, rearranging and negotiation behind the scenes to bring the whole festival back from disaster with the headliners, the Levellers, graciously agreeing to play an earlier set to allow time for the guitarist from another of the bands, The Charlatons, to make a delayed appearance.

In the end the goodwill shown by many allowed Folklore to run smoothly and most people I spoke to were more than satisfied with their day out.

However the members of one of the bands were walking around with grins from ear to ear. Buffallo Huddleston were the proof that every fog bank has a silver lining.

The band had opened the festival in the heavy drizzle with only a few die-hard fans to play to. But after the fog affected the arrival of Slamboree and Showhawk Duo, Buffalo Huddleston were offered the chance to play again - this time to a much bigger crowd... and in the sun.

Buffalo Huddleston fully justified their opportunity and I reckon they were the band that got the party going.

Maybe you could even say that the Guernsey band came to the rescue of the Jersey Festival! Proof that we are all part of the same Channel Island family :-)

I'm working through my pics and the first galleries featuring Levellers, The Charlatons, Dubioza Kolektiv (a really great band), Buffalo Huddleston, J-C & the Loony Tunes and The Smooth Hounds are now online. Others will follow:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF FOLKLORE FESTIVAL 2016
2 days, 2 Downhill MTB races.....
05th June 2016

Guernsey Velo Club welcomed visiting MTB riders from Jersey for two Downhill races in two days at two completely different venues.

This led to two enjoyable and very competitive events and ended in the Guernsey team actually winning an Inter Insular... we haven't won many of those against Jersey this year :-(

Day one's race was set within the historic walls of Castle Cornet. This was the second time that the 'Conquer the Castle' Downhill racing has taken place along the narrow, ancient pathways.

The whole thing works really well and attracts a sizable crowd. Let's hope it's now established as an annual event.

Then for day two it was a complete change of scenery with the roadshow moving to the picturesque Petit Bot valley and the narrow pathways with specially built jumps and bends.

Once again the good weather encouraged the supporters out and there was a fantastic atmosphere at the top of the hill. It was also notable how much help was being given by competitors at the end of racing to strip down the track markers. There is a commendable 'spirit' in the Club.

I thoroughly enjoyed photographing the racing and judging by the smiles on competitors faces I think they had a good time too!

I've added two Galleries to my website featuring all the action:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF CONQUER THE CASTLE
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE PETIT BOT DOWNHILL
Hopefully back to normal service.....
02nd June 2016

After a very frustrating day I think we are getting back to normal service :-)

I try to keep this site as easy to navigate and responsive as possible as there is nothing that will lose the interest of visitors quicker than slow viewing.

This is quite a challenge as the number of pictures and galleries continues to grow.

Of course the speed and reliability of the servers that host this website are essential to continued service. And from what I understand about these things (not much in my case) it was the Data Centre which caused the recent drop in service.

But we are back again :-)

So I've continued the Hillclimb updates with a new gallery featuring the Bikes. Take a look here:
VIEW THE LATEST HILLCLIMB BIKE GALLERY
So, so SLooowwwW
01st June 2016

I'm sorry that this website has been completely down for a large part of the day and when the technical issues were identified it eventually re-appeared but in a VERY SLOW form :-(

This was all out of my control and my website administrator has been working hard to return things to 'normal service'.

The whole event is VERY frustrating but Photium... the web admin that I use, have a very, very good record of reliability and are extremely quick to respond to problems. Indeed they come with my full recommendations.

But sometimes these things are out of all our control and patience and understanding is all we can ask for.

I'd be feeling a little bit pleased if the 10,000+ daily views that this website gets had bought the internet down but I can't make that claim to fame!!

Please bear with us while we get things back up to full speed.... thanks.

UPDATE: The website has returned to normal and speedy service. I would like say a big thank-you to the Photium team for keeping me up-to-date with the problems... which were out of their control. These things happen but thankfully are extremely rare!

Andrew :-)
Inter Island Kart Championship a great success....
31st May 2016

The Inter Island Kart Championship proved to be exciting and entertaining for the large number of spectators who lining the track. They were treated to fantastic close racing on the newly re-surfaced and extended 'Track' at Victoria Avenue.

Tarmac Services had completed the job in time to allow the running of the Inter Island competition on the new layout which proved to offer extra overtaking opportunities. This promises to maintain the interest of drivers... and maybe even tempt a few to return to the sport?

The majority of the days racing was of a high standard showcasing the talent from our two Islands. Only a rather poor incident near the end tarnished what was a well run, exciting and competitive meeting.

Oh, and to top-off the historic day..... Guernsey won the trophy :-)

Afterwards I spoke to many of the local and visiting Jersey drivers and support teams and the overwhelming feeling was that the event was a great success and is a 'grower'. Bring on 2017!

Channel Island Karting is going to be the ultimate winner.
:-)

I've added a gallery featuring the Inter Island Kart Championship...
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE INTER ISLAND KARTING
Now that's more like it.....
30th May 2016

Well, after yesterdays complaining about the fog, things got a little better for today's second Powerboat race.

This time the sun showed up and suddenly there was far more life in the whole event.

There was still a smaller entry than we had been promised but that is sure to be sorted as I know that several extra boats are having the final touches and tweaks done ready for next months race weekend.

Powerboating certainly seems to interest people enough for them to line the harbour walls to enjoy the spectacle.

It must also be the best incentive to photographers to invest in a long lens or two... the telephotos were out in force. It makes an alternative from taking pics of birds, eh :-)

I've added a gallery featuring pics of Race-2. I think you'll agree that a bit of sun helps the colours 'zing' :-)

Follow this link to view the galleris:
VIEW PICS OF RACE-2 OF THE POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP
A slow start... hopefully with more to come?
28th May 2016

The Guernsey Powerboat Association Stanley Gibbons Race Series kicked off with a slightly disappointing first race today.

There were a couple of factors in this.

Firstly.... and nothing much could be done about this, it was foggy... where was the sun to make the sea blue and the boats sparkle and shine? Maybe tomorrows second race in the series will be treated to a brighter day?

Perhaps it's only the photographers who even care about the dull light anyway?

The other factor which surely was more under the control of man was the small turn-out of boats. This years championship had been heralded as 'bigger and better' with next years World Championships in our local waters generating more interest from competitors.

But, on the first day, it seems that many boats and their owners weren't even ready to get out on the water. I find it strange that when there are only about twelve races on the calendar and after making a huge commitment in time and money over the winter months that there were so many no-shows!

I know that some absentees were down to unexpected reliability issues or the late delivery of parts but we must hope that the promise of a 'best ever' race championship gets going next month in the second weekend of the championship.

I managed to capture a few pictures of the racing. Take a look at the gallery here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE STANLEY GIBBONS 2016 POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP
The Autocross Fun Meeting does what it says on the tin......
26th May 2016

If you like a bit of noise and action (and FUN) when you visit the beach then a highlight of your year must be the Annual Autocross Fun Meeting at Chouet.

2016 was a vintage year for the Bangers with a monster entry including a good contingent visitng from Jersey. It was also quite nice for Guernsey to win at least one Annual Inter-Insular sports event this year! Well done to the winning Guernsey Banger team :-)

However, for once, the racers didn't take to the sands with the one intention of beating all-comers.

No. On this one day it seems that the 'red-haze' is left in the tool box and everyone decides that fun is the new top step of the podium :-)

So with more 'smilies' than is healthy I announce that the Autocross Fun Meeting pics are now online.....

:-) :-) ;-)
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BANGER FUN MEETING PICS :-)
The first steps along a long road....
23rd May 2016

After one of my busiest ever 'togging weekends I've taken the first few steps along the long road to completion of the picture edits:-)

Over the weekend I've photographed:

the opening of the new Kart Track
the impressive British SandAce Championship
the intense Full Boar Cage Fighting Lock-In at Beau Sejour
the Bill Green Memorial ride-out,
the massive Autocross Club Banger racing fun meeting
+ a couple of other smaller jobs....

The SandAce Championship gallery is already finished and online... see the previous post.

Now I'm working through the twelve bouts of Lock-In fights.

This sport is one of the most challenging to photograph as the action is so fast (and close!). The lighting is rarely perfect and of course you have to contend with shooting through the mesh of the cage. However when you successfully capture the height of the action it is very rewarding.

I've just added the first galleries featuring the main bouts from the Full Boar Cage & Stage Lock-In... the others are on the way.

Take a look here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FIRST LOCK-IN GALLERIES

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