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All action at Havelet Bay....
24th July 2016

There was action both on the water and the shoreline of Havelet Bay for Rounds 5 & 6 of the GPA Stanley Gibbons Series of Powerboat races.

Firstly, on the water there were several more boats in the line-up than earlier races. With the return of Diablo after a new V8 engine transplant the spectators were treated to three of these crowd pleasers.... it's all about the noise me thinks!

The V8 rumble works for me, but hey, I'm biased as I've beem driving V8 AMG Mercedes for years :-)

When it comes to entertainment value there is no substitute to getting plenty race boats to the start line as there are inevitable gaps as the competitors spread out around the course it helps greatly in keeping the public's attention if there are more boats.

Races 5 & 6 were the best yet of the 2016 series. Well done guys 'n' gals.

And so to the shoreline. Well I think some stretches of the harbour walls were fully lined with photographers! This sport must be the most photographed out of all the many that take place every weekend in this Island.

So I'm sure that not a moment of action was missed!

I've just uploaded my contribution to the coverage:
VIEW PICS OF ROUNDS 5 & 6 OF THE GPA POWERBOAT SERIES
A challenge in the park....
20th July 2016

This evening I popped along to Saumarez Park for a quick photo-shoot for the Guernsey Press.

The occasion was the OSA All Terrain Challenge. This is a week of running events over different courses.

Thankfully the temperatures were lower than last evening but the conditions remained hot and tiring.

I only needed to submit a couple of pics but the sunny evening combined with the floral displays deserved a little more coverage... so here we are :-)

*UPDATE* I've just added a few more pics to the Gallery featuring Friday evenings run up the very steep and tiring Saints Bay hill
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE OSA ALL TERRAIN CHALLENGE
The first 'The Gathering' showed great promise.....
19th July 2016

OK, I know I'm a bit of a cynic. This often gets me in trouble with my missus ;-)

So I suppose I was in 'normal' mode as I walked down my road towards Guernsey's latest Music Festival. The site was almost in shouting distance of my Guernsey cottage and there were many more residences a LOT closer that mine.

So as I made my way to the festival site I was half expecting the whole thing to be shut down as soon as the Main Stage turned the sound level up to ten! It's a sad fact, in this modern world, that if one or two people make a complaint about noise their 'rights' can take precedence over the many.

But I'm pleased to say that I was wrong on this one. Maybe a first ;-)

Careful and sensible management of the sound levels and a refreshing tolerance by the neighbors enabled the full three days of performances to be completed. Thank you St Sampsons residents!

I had also wondered as I made my way to The Gathering if such an ambitious set-up spread over three days could be pulled off when this was the first attempt... and (for maybe only the second time) I had got this one wrong too!!

Cage & Stage Productions must be praised and congratulated on how well organized and 'complete' their first Festival was. There were a few small problems but hey, I'll give them an impressive 9 out of 10 for most aspects and I think there is a very solid base in place if they have the enthusiasm and energy to give it another go in 2017.

Fingers crossed :-)

I hadn't intended to take many pics... we all need a break sometimes, but it seems I got into the atmosphere and the cameras started clicking! So I will be adding quite a few picture galleries in the next couple of days.

First up are two of the most popular bands in Guernsey. Fade to Grey and King Rat and the Soul Cats. Check-out the pics here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE GATHERING
The Jersey National Hillclimb... the best ever?
18th July 2016

As the National Hillclimb Championship is now in its forty-third year it will be difficult, if not impossible, to find anyone to give me the definitive answer to the following question:

Were the 2016 Jersey rounds of the National Championship the best ever run up Bouley Bay hill?

The reason I ask that question is that so many 'right' things all came together on the fourteenth of July 2016.

The drivers were on top form and their cars were perfectly prepared.

The weather was near perfect... dry, warm and sunny.

The competition was 'hot' meaning the top competitors had to really push hard to achieve maximum championship points.

All these factors led to the outright hill record being smashed three times in consecutive runs as the racing came to the boil.

My memories don't go back to the first Bouley Bay National but I will be able to state that I was there... close to the action... on that legendary day in July 2016.

If you managed to miss all the excitement you can take a look at my pics. They don't give you the smells and noise that 'live' Motorsport offers but at least they will remain as a record of a great day when the competition hit the highest level.

By the way, if you (or anyone you know) wants to tell me about an even better day at Bouley Bay I'd love to hear your stories.

Please contact me here:
EMAIL A FEW WORDS IF YOU THINK THERE HAS BEEN A BETTER NATIONAL AT BOULEY BAY

Follow this link to view my pics of the 2016 Jersey National Rounds:
CLICK TO DECIDE IF THIS WAS THE BEST EVER JERSEY HILLCLIMB
Guernseymen show they can mix it with the very best.....
17th July 2016

Rounds 21 and 22 of the Avon Tyres - TTC Group 43rd Guernsey National Hillclimb Championship were held at Le Val des Terres on 16th July 2016 in what was the first true heatwave of the year.

After the multiple new records in Jersey just a couple of days earlier hopes were high for the Guernsey rounds but maybe the conditions were just a bit too 'good' as the cars don't reach their highest performance in such heat. This could well be why the outright record wasn't lowered this year... although it was close.

The highlight for all Guernsey motorsport fans was when Darren Warwick took an impressive second place in both run offs achieving a PB along the way. His performance was enjoyed by a large crowd of spectators who also had the chance to support the other local drivers who made the top twelve cut.

Each one of these competitors put in fantastic performances to go head to head with the very best drivers and cars on the National Hillclimb scene. So congratulations go to Darren Warwick, Nick Saunders, Chris Guille and Paul Le Messurier... you raised the Guernsey flag and once again made a local mark on this competitive championship.

I've added galleries featuring all the action and a few extra pics of the people and podiums.

Click on this link to take a look at all the pics...
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE GUERNSEY NATIONAL HILLCLIMB
Soapbox racing provides fantastic action and entertainment....
11th July 2016

Last Sunday Soapbox racing hit St Peter Port roads at speed, literally in some cases, and I think it might become a fixture in the Guernsey calendar after so many people turned out to enjoy the fun... and ACTION... and there was PLENTY of that!!

Sunday was the first (of many I hope) Rubis Soapbox Challenge's through the streets of St Peter Port. As the sun came out so did hundreds of people to view nearly forty home-made Soapboxes take on the jumps, chicane's and bends.

The quality of builds varied from basic to brilliant. The speeds varied from tortoise to terrifying. The launches over the jumps varied from tiny to triumphant!

Now, if you're a regular visitor to guernseymotorsport.com you might be surprised that I've found room for a gallery which doesn't feature any motors, or noise and not much speed :-(

However the lack of all those things didn't stop the great action, the crashes, the red-haze and the competitiveness.

So there you have the reason I have given such big coverage in the latest picture gallery... Soapbox racing ticks all the right boxes in my mind :-)

You can view a full gallery of pics (no less than 267) here:
CLICK TO VIEW A GALLERY FEATURING ALL THE SOAPBOX ACTION
Playing catch-up.... the story of my life each summer :-)
09th July 2016

This time of year my Commercial work hits a high. This is good... this is what pays the bills :-)

But this means that some of my other work has to take a back seat.

Like every previous year I'm left with a pile of editing to catch up with. The problem is compounded by the amount of events I have booked in for the next few weeks.

So, there is really no time to waste Blogging, just the time to add another link to an update.

The Greenman Chaos Gallery continues to fill with new Band pics, Tattoo pics, Burnout pics and pics of the Twelve course 'Exotic' meal competition...

View the updates here:
CLICK TO VIEW THE LATEST CHAOS PICS
Sandracing... and the sun shone :-)
02nd July 2016

After a really grotty week of weather that messed up most of my planned work I was more than pleased to see the sun shining for Saturday's Motorsport fun :-)

As I headed to Vazon Bay for Round-5 of the Sandracing Championship I couldn't hide the broad smile on my face... I needed a break from the days of editing pics in my small office.

So my spirit is re-kindled after enjoying a few natural rays... and whilst energized I have also completed a speedy edit of my Sandracing pics which are already online. It's amazing what effect a few sun rays can have on your spirit :-)

The pics can be viewed here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ROUND-5 OF THE SANDRACING CHAMPIONSHIP
I didn't want to do it... but I'm pleased I did!
28th June 2016

Early on Saturday and Sunday morning as the sun rose over the misty airport I was very snugly tucked up in a sleeping bag in the back of my studio van parked in a clifftop field at Pleinmont.

Both the previous nights had been loud, heavy and just a little boozy. That's what the Greenman Chaos Festival is all about isn't it? Tradition has it that I stay on-site so I don't miss any part of the fun :-)

I had enjoyed a really good nights sleep when the phone alarm went off to remind me that two more rounds of the Stanley Gibbons GPA Powerboat Championship were about to start on the other side of the Island outside St Peter Port harbour.

If I'm honest, both mornings I just wanted to roll over for a few more hours recuperation but experience has shown me that once the sun rises the back of a black van becomes very hot very quickly... the comfort soon disappears!

So that was the motivation to get up, complete a few quick freshen-up tasks then head across the Island to photograph the Powerboat racing. Also it hadn't been missed that a couple of hours of fresh sea air would set me up for the return to Chaos later :-)

It was all worth the effort and I've just added two new Galleries of pictures displaying my time spent capturing the action... as the seaside breeze worked its wonders.
CLICK TO VIEW RACES 3 & 4 OF THE GPA POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP
Another diary date gets ticked of the list :-(
26th June 2016

One of my first jobs each year is to fill in my diary.

This involves ring-fencing certain dates which then become no-go areas to all possible conflicting events.... dental appointments, family weddings, painting the cottage, WORK.... you get the idea!

Now it should come as no surprise to any regular visitor to this website that these 'protected' dates feature special events that are close to my heart. Anyone want to guess what they might be?

Of course most of them involve either Motorsport or Music! Well done if you guessed correctly, you know me well :-)

Every year there are the 'must be there' events like the two National Hillclimb Championship days, the British Sandace Championship and music Festivals like Vale Earth Fair, Jersey Live and the far from chaotic Greenman Chaos Festival.

So you understand that I always have something to look forward to, there is always something to keep me busy and excited.

The other side of this coin is that as I tick off these events it is a reminder that another year is flying by... not a nice thought when you get to sixty-one! But it is also a reminder that every day should be filled with things that make us happy :-) :-) :-)

This Blog is slowly leading me on to giving you a link to my latest Gallery updates... and it is safe to say that the first pics that have been added should go some way to proving that I still know how to fill three full days with fun!

The Greenman Chaos Festival 'The Dirty Dozen' was the source of all the weekends revelry and rowdiness and I thank them muchly :-) These guys know how to organize a party.... Beer, Music, Beer, Music, Bikes, Beer, Sleep, Beer, Music................. Bikes, Burnouts, Music, Beer, Music.......

Why change a perfect formula?

As always it takes a couple of days for my body to recover (but it's worth it) and now that I'm sober enough to drive a keyboard and mouse I've added pics of the three Chaos Main Stage headliners to a new Gallery.

Three great bands that brought each day to a crescendo, I think they were pretty good too (from what I can remember)!!!

Pics of PUNiK, Kill II This and Static Alice are now online. More to follow shortly.

Moving on, I've already added the possible dates (end of June) for next years Chaos to my diary... well some things must not be missed!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE GREENMAN CHAOS FESTIVAL 2016

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