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It's time for a new Track......
01st May 2016

Round-2 of the Guernsey Kart & Motor Club's Summer Kart Championship was held today. We were actually treated to weather that could pass as summer too... very nice.

However it wasn't the weather that was significant about this particular race meeting. It was the fact that the circuit, in its current layout and surface, was being used for last time before its re-development.

There is a sense of anticipation, excitement and hope in the pits that the racing will be improved by the changes. Time will answer that question.

On thing is certain though. That is that the record book will be re-written. It is going to be interesting to see which names are first on the new record list.

I'm looking forward to trying a few new angles to take my pics. Let's hope that both the racers and the 'togs are satisfied by the changes!

The last pics of the old Track are now online here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FINAL KARTING PICS
It's great to have the opportunity to photograph a major event...
29th April 2016

Last Wednesday I photographed the 2016 Guernsey General Elections at St Sampson's Douzaine for the Guernsey Press.

I've photographed the Elections before and always enjoy being a part of what is a long, tiring and stressful day for all the candidates... and the media!

The whole local media 'circus' was on site to give complete coverage of the St Sampson District's General Election results and I think the small foyer of the St Sampson's Douzaine was the 'coziest' venue of any of the districts.

When the Returning Officer of the Day, Tom Oliver, climbed a few steps to speak to the amassed Candidates, family, friends, officials and supporters it was approaching 1pm.

The media had spent the previous five hours waiting in the Fontaine Inn, drinking Coke and tweeting whilst multi-tasking watching the earlier declarations on two televisions with live radio feeds running in the background on mobile phones! We didn't want to miss a thing!

When it came, the St Sampsons declaration saw an end of Deputy Kevin Stewart's short political career. Lyndon Trott topped the poll and there were two newcomers, Jennifer Merrett and Carl Meerveld.

After finishing the photography, which is not unlike sport/action photography as the whole thing happens very quickly, the job was only half-done as the editing, tagging and submissions had to be made at the Press headquarters to allow for an early print of the newspaper for Thursday.

I eventually dragged myself into bed at 3.30am having had a thoroughly interesting night at the centre of an epic, emotional event.

I can't wait for the next time... in 2020!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW A FEW OF MY ELECTION PICS
Ozzy Ozanne makes it Championship win number 26!!!
27th April 2016

My weekend included a trio of sporting events.

First up was the latest round of the 2016 Sand Racing championship. The racing on Vazon beach is already building up towards this years Sand Ace meeting which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Make a diary date for 21st of May... this one is not to be missed!

Then Saturday night was spent ring-side at St Pierre Park Hotel photographing the Dinner Boxing. Both these galleries are already online.

The latest update is for the Autocross Club Banger Championship.

This meeting was something of an historic one with Ozzy Ozanne making an all-time record when he one his 26th Championship!

This is a remarkable achievement. It could be interpreted, when you see how dominate he has been for so many years, that he has had things easy with little competition.

However, this is far from the truth. Ozzy has faced stiff, experienced and talented challengers over all the years and has proven that he has all that it takes to be a great champion.

He undoubtedly has driving skills but you need the complete package to put together such a long run of wins. These include selecting the best wheels, preparing and maintaining a reliable car - to finish first, first you've got to finish. Then Ozzy also knows how to do just enough to win - saving his car to return another day.

We can reckon that this record could last forever. It will certainly need someone special to break it! Whoever fancies taking a crack at it had better not be too old as even if they were to win every championship from now on it would take them thirteen and a half years to beat Ozzy!!

That's if Ozzy doesn't have any more wins in him.... or maybe he's now run out of space for all those trophies?

I've added pics of the racing to a new gallery:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE HISTORIC AUTOCROSS RACE
Sand Racing Round-2.... pics are online...
26th April 2016

This should be the shortest Blog ever.....

It's not that I don't have things to say, it's just that I don't have the time :-)

The weekend was a 'normal' one... lots of photography!

But the time pressure is down to the Guernsey General Election on Wednesday. I will be chasing around the Island covering 'the action!!!' for the Guernsey Press.

When I chat to the guys in the pub most of them don't get my interest and excitement about the election of our new States members. But I really enjoy it... even going as far as visiting four of the other District's Hustings!

There is often drama and emotion as the candidates find out if they are successful... or failures. I'll be trying to tell the story in pictures.

But before all that I've added a gallery featuring Saturday's Sand Racing. Follow the link to view the pics:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF SAND RACING RACE-2
The last Bouts of the season....
25th April 2016

Saturday was the last Guernsey Dinner Boxing Club night at St Pierre Park Hotel for this season.

I've managed to get along to most evenings and, along with the Dinner Club members, I've enjoyed some great bouts.

As is so often the case with all genres of Sport, Competition and Performance our little Island punches above its weight.... literally in this case!

The local Boxers have taken on all-comers and they have won more than their share of fights.

There were a number of young and talented boxers enjoying their first step into that ring which offers nowhere to hide. How brave and impressive is that!

Photographically, the boxing is quite a challenge. The lighting is harsh and uneven. It is also coloured... don't think that a camera is as clever as our own eyesight when viewing something under artificial light. The camera is very sensitive to colour casts. Don't forget 'the camera never lies' - or so they say!

As an added challenge the blue canvas on the ring throws a blue reflected cast into the picture too!

.... and then I have to try and freeze the action when the light levels are really a bit too low!

So I think you will agree that it isn't only the fighters who have a hard time, eh?

But, I still had great fun taking my pics... and I will be back next season.

You can view the latest Dinner Boxing pics here:
CLICK TO VIEW THE LATEST DINNER BOXING PICS
A beautiful spot.... but a bit damp!
19th April 2016

If we ever have to make a list of beautiful spots in Guernsey we aren't short of places to add.

One of the favorites on most peoples lists is usually Petit Bot valley.

This picturesque wooded area was looking fresh and bursting with wild flowers on Sunday morning when I popped along to photograph the Guernsey Velo Club's 2016 MTB Downhill Series - Round-2.

The only spoiler for me was that it rained nearly the whole time which made the tight course that wound along steep slopes very, very slippery.

Whenever I photograph this type of event I'm keen to move around to vary the pics that I take. However on Sunday, after arriving early to do a recce, I decided that the sensible option was to find a single spot and work from there... hence the lack of variety in the final pics.

This was a disappointing result for me but if I'd chosen to move around the course there was a real risk I could impede a competitor as the course was very narrow with no room to step aside. I also didn't want to slip a land on my new Nikon D5, did I!

As if to prove how treacherous it was I witnessed six riders crash out.

Anyway, all riders, all my kit and myself too made it to the end in one piece. I've just added a small gallery of pics displaying my mornings work:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE MTB DOWNHILL SERIES_ ROUND-2
The Fermain Tavern... a stage full of talent
17th April 2016

The Channel Islands premier live music venue opened its doors again to talent from our sister Islands on Saturday night.

Over the decades 'The Tav' has presented acts from literally around the world. However it has always welcomed musicians from closer shores too.

So on Saturday the talent on show had originated from just across the water in Alderney and Jersey. These two acts proved that it isn't just Guernsey that produces great original performers!

We were treated to sets from Jersey's Tadhg Daly and the Robert J Hunter Band from Alderney. Both acts had played the Fermain Tavern before and they attracted their fans out in the knowledge it would be a good nights entertainment.

Rob and Tadhg are ambitious to break into the big time. Saturdays performances suggest that all they need is that lucky break... the talent is already there.

My pics of the night are here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE ROBERT J HUNTER BAND
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF TADHG DALY
It beats mowing the lawn on a bright and sunny day.....
16th April 2016

Now I guess many of us got the mower out of the shed this weekend as the weather was nice and bright and dry.

Luckily I had managed to find time during the week to cut my own lawns... and very smart they look too :-)

This meant I had the opportunity to capture another use of a lawn mower. You didn't think they were only good for cutting grass, did you?

No, men still being boys at heart can find other uses for a ride-on mower. It's just a case of taking off the sharp 'cutting bits' and you are ready for the action.

Of coarse a few go-faster stripes always help! Oh, and why not add a bike engine for a few more horses?

Even after investing in a few stick-on stripes Mower racing can be a really cheap way to go racing and 'smiles-per-pound' it probably can't be beat.

Today I photographed the GK&MC Mower race meeting that took place on a section of the Motocross track at Pleinmont. I think this Motorsport is a grower :-)

Check the Gallery for all the action:
CLICK TO VIEW THE LATEST MOWER RACING PICS
A promise of good things to come this Summer....
11th April 2016

Sunday saw the start of the Guernsey Kart & Motor Club's Summer Kart Championship at The Track.

Apart from the chilly weather the meeting heralded what we can expect from this Summer's Championship.... action all the way!

We already have an idea who the man to beat will be as Connor Le Cras continued his good form however he is going to have to maintain his high standard as a new Rotax Max contender showed his face in the shape of Jack Le Blancq and Tom Snell will also fancy himself for race wins.

I intend to give my usual coverage of this Championship so make this a regular visit to see all the latest action :-)
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FIRST PICS OF THE SUMMER KART CHAMPIONSHIP
Life's a beach.....
10th April 2016

How does the saying go?

'Life's a beach'.... or something like that!

Anyway that more or less describes my weekend as I spent quite a bit of the time on a beach ;-)

Saturday I headed down to Vazon Bay for the first Sand Race meeting of the Guernsey Motor Cycle & Car Club's season. It was good to get back to photographing this sport after the winters break... shame the weather was still in 'winter mode' as it was pretty chilly down there.

There was a reasonable entry - particularly Moto-X bikes who seemed to have a great time on the well laid out track.

The car Class entry was also of a good size, it's just a shame that they were mostly saloons... where are the 'Sand Racing Specials' of yester-year? The 'good old days' really were better in this case!

And where were all the side-car outfits after all the efforts Clint Blondel has made to try and establish this Class? Hopefully as the season progresses things will get better.

My beach theme continued on Sunday on a not quite so chilly afternoon down on Chouet beach for the latest Autocross Club Banger racing meeting.

I really love photographing these guys as action is guaranteed... and they didn't disappoint :-)

The galleries for these two events are now online. Keep a look-out for the Karting Championship pics soon.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE FIRST SAND RACING OF 2016
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE AUTOCROSS RACING

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