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Chaos sorted for another year.......
27th July 2015

That's it. Sorted.

The 2015 Greenman Chaos Festival is already just a memory. We now have to wait until 2016 for the fun to continue.

But we do have the pictures to jog our memories and I've just completed the galleries for 2015 with the last of the Band pics.

Final updates are for Near Bliss, the ever popular The Recks and Sunday's headliners FlashMob.

So until we meet again in a field up at Pleinmont next year... keep it loud, keep live and keep it green, man :-)
VIEW THE FINAL GREENMAN CHAOS 2015 GALLERIES
Sunny days at The Track....
26th July 2015

Guernsey Kart & Motor Club decided to bring Round 5 of their Summer Kart Championship one day forward to Saturday afternoon and make it a social event as well.

What a good move...

I say this on Sunday morning (the usual race day) whilst uploading a few pics of the racing to my Galleries... and it is pouring down outside! Whatever happened to the Summer?

Unfortunately, due to family commitments, I couldn't hang around for the social after the racing. But I'm sure it was fun and I know it definitely benefited from the sunny Saturday!

I've added a few pics to the gallery including some taken with my wonderful Nikon 400mm f2.8 lens. Every time I use it I tell myself that it should be taken out of its hard case more often. Shame it is such a monster to hand-hold.

Photographers who look at the gallery wont need to be told which pics were taken with the 400mm :-)
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ROUND-5 OF THE SUMMER KART CHAMPIONSHIP
Its all about the fun.... Biker style......
24th July 2015

Sunday afternoon at Chaos is the traditional time for fun and games... biker style!

Everyone is chilled and tired after two days of partying so there is no rush... just time to chill and have a bit of fun.

The trike is sure to make an appearance with its weird steering. Never an easy ride when your sober... add a few beers and its great entertainment :-)

The Tug of War proves that adults and kids are not so different after all :-)

Then the industrial grade Chilli eating contest separates the men from the boys...

Whilst the Greenman Chaos Festival 'headlines' that it is all about the bikes and the bands I think it is all about the general vibe and inclusive atmosphere. I haven't been on a motorbike since my teens (if I did get back in the saddle I think I would quickly become a statistic!) however the Greenman is always welcoming.

Next year you must pay it a visit...

My latest updates to the Chaos galleries are here:
TRIKES - CHILLI & TUG OF WAR... BIKER STYLE
Two worthy winners....
18th July 2015

Two drivers 'headlined' and entertained the large crowd of spectators gathered at the top of Le Val des Terres for the Guernsey Rounds of the Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb Championship.

They produced a spectacle of top-class motorsport that you couldn't have scripted better!

Without doubt... and this isn't a Guernseyman's bias speaking, it was Darren Warwick who produced the finest of the two championship wins.

This was even taking into account that visitor and previous multiple Championship winner, Scott Moran, lowered the outright hill record below 27 seconds for the first time! He has firmly and deservedly made his mark in the record book with a 26.99.

However Scott races a much more powerful and modern car than Darren who doesn't benefit from all the technology. Scott also gets a lot more track-time under his belt as he competes in the full National season.

Darren Warwicks finest moment was when he went on to win Round 22 of the championship beating all the visitors. This win was added to an already impressive second place that Darren had achieved in Round 21.

The Round 22 'Top Twelve Run-off' was also noteable as it included six local drivers. Very impressive. You could say that Guernsey Donkeys pack a pretty hard kick :-)

I've added a quick edit of my pics to this Gallery. More will follow including the Bikes.
VIEW PICS OF THE 2015 GUERNSEY NATIONAL HILLCLIMB
Shorter racing leads to a shortened Blog....
17th July 2015

Due to an incident involving Jos Goodyear at the end of the first Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb Championship Top 12 Run Off and the resulting long delay, the meeting ended and Round 20 was cancelled.

All the Channel Island Motorsport family wish him a speedy and full recovery.

So as the action was shorter than planned, so is this Blog :-)

I've just added my pics of the Cars to my Gallery. The bikes will follow:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE JERSEY NATIONAL HILLCLIMB
Quality all the way.... but have I let Guernsey down?
13th July 2015

I'm a Guernseyman... and proud of that.

My small Island holds a very special place in my families heart.

And, of course, I know that when it comes to the question of whether Guernsey is better than Jersey.... well do you really need to ask?!!

But I have a bit of a problem.

Last weekend I was at The Fermain Tavern photographing two brilliant bands - one from Guernsey, one from Jersey. I suppose there was bound to be comparison made between the two bands although their music genre's were not really comparable.

First band on the bill were FalenhizzaHorsepower from Jersey. Now this is a band that I have liked and followed for years... from 2008 it seems when I checked my earliest picture in the gallery.

FalenhizzaHorsepower played an incredible set... I mean absolutely amazing. I REALLY love their music!

So the next act, Guernsey's BLAKALASKA had a VERY hard act to follow.

I've loved what BLAKALASKA have been doing since I first 'found' them as BRIGHT_LIGHTS. They have a really modern sound and I've enjoyed their live performances.

However this time around... it hurts me to say this as a Guernseyman, I think it was the Jersey band who stole the show with one of the best live sets I've ever heard... yes they were that good.

It's a shame that on that night BLAKALASKA had to follow such a class band who are at the top of their game. I purchased BLACKALASKA's new 'Machine' EP and I've been playing it 'on repeat' for a couple of days and it highlights how good BLAKALASKA really are.

Maybe we all respond to music based on the 'mood' that we are in at the time and maybe, on another night, I would do the 'right thing' and favour the Guernsey band?

The bottom line is... both bands deserve our support so make sure you catch a gig from either band if you have a chance... they're both quality acts.

I've added pics of both bands to the Gallery:
VIEW PICS OF FALENIZZAHORSEPOWER
VIEW PICS OF BLAKALASKA
A weekend full of action.....
12th July 2015

Two different days... two different places... two different weathers.

What a contrast the Guernsey weekend has offered.

Saturday it was beach-time :-) This meant sun, sand, sea and warmth. There was also plenty of action to capture whilst photographing the Guernsey Surf Club's Junior Series. It's safe to say that a good time was had by everyone.

One sleep later and I was at the track dressed in full wet-weather gear... definitely not as pleasant as the first day of the weekend :-(

In the end I was well 'over-dressed' as the heavy rain that the iPhone app had promised never really arrived. Better safe than sorry I suppose.

The one similarity between the days was the action - of course. Why else would I be there?

The Track, in the rain, is always worth making an effort for as it offers the chance to capture a few 'roosters' - so maybe it would have been better if the heavy rain had actually arrived!

Once again I have enjoyed a fantastic weekend of photography which, by the way, also included Mower Racing and two amazing Bands at the Fermain Tavern. The pics of BLAKALASKA and Falenizza Horsepower will follow.

The first updates are here:
VIEW PICS OF THE SUMMER KART CHAMPIONSHIP
VIEW PICS OF THE SURF CLUB JUNIOR SERIES
VIEW PICS OF THE MOWER RACING
It's racing, but not as we know it....
12th July 2015

It's Racing... but not as we know it!

Yesterday, Guernsey Kart & Motor Club organised a day of Mower Racing in their field near to the Motocross Track. There wasn't a great entry but those who made the effort and the spectators who lined the track had plenty of smiles on their faces.

Credit must be given to the GK&MC President and the Committee who organised this fun event. The hope was that it would offer a little light relief from the ever so serious business of the Club's other events.

On that level it worked brilliantly. But with the poor support from Club members maybe this will be the first and last Mower Racing event?

Time will tell.

I've added a Gallery featuring the fun...
VIEW PICS OF THE GK&MC MOWER RACING
Quality time on the beach....
11th July 2015

It's what Summer-time was made for... the beach :-)

Every Guernseyman knows that we have amazing beaches over here. The best of them have white sand and clean water... and when the sun shines the sea takes on beautiful blue and green colours. Awesome.

However, now-days, when I find myself on one of our lovely beaches the peace is spoilt by the revving of engines! It's race-time.

But today was a very pleasant change. I received a late call from Peter Frankland, the Picture Editor at the Guernsey Press, saying that he was held up on another photoshoot and could I step in to photograph the Guernsey Surf Club's inaugural Junior Surf Series. Of course I can!

So my morning didn't go to the original plan but I enjoyed a couple of hours taking pics of the Swoffers and Yak Wax supported Junior Surf competition. I loved it.

I was impressed by how good the young surfers were and they made capturing the action very easy. I have a fancy that I will be back on the beach at Vazon again soon... without the revving engines!

I've added a Gallery featuring the Surf action:
VIEW PICS OF THE GUERNSEY SURF CLUB'S JUNIOR SURF SERIES
The best just gets better and better....
06th July 2015

If I ever get around to making a short-list of my favourite weekends then one event would be sure to feature very near the top.

The Condor Ferries British Sandace Championship is a Motorsport event that would take a high spot on the list and Saturday confirmed to me why.

Now in its tenth year, the Guernsey Motor Cycle & Car Club were rewarded for the decade of hard work that they have put into the Condor Ferries British Sandace Championship by seeing the best quality entry so far.

I understand that several riders chose to compete in the Sandace instead of another prestigious UK event. We were also able to see some of the most promising youngsters riding on the Vazon sands for the first time... and they were awesome. The future of the sport looks very promising.

The Sandace weekend is always very hectic. I'm on the beach for all the racing... that's the fun part... then the work starts :-(

I immediately copied the days shoot unto my laptop computer and then set off to the Wicked Wolf for the evening social.

This year (with the change of venue) I was promised a big screen and projector to display the days work. I visited the pub the day before to check out the system but no-one could show me the set-up... I was concerned that I might have problems on the night. I was right!!

It would take far to long to tell you what went wrong (quicker to say what went right!) In the end my back-up plan of taking a TV along saved the day :-)

I was able to run an un-edited slide-show of the 395 pics that I took of the racing. This is a scary thing for a photographer to do when you haven't had a chance to delete the rubbish or do any form of edit, exposure correction or cropping! To my relief almost all of them looked fantastic.

Sunday morning it was time to make a very quick edit before the Guernsey Press deadline and a further edit for Speedway Star Magazine. Then a full edit of the whole weekends work for my web-site.

So now, with the job done and the Sandace meeting already behind us for another year we must congratulate the GMC&CC for the way they ran the event. It is now a firm favourite with many International riders. They only have to visit Vazon once to catch the 'bug'. Beach racing is so different to their normal race weekends and Guernsey does it brilliantly.

Things can only get bigger and better.
VIEW PICS OF THE 2015 CONDOR FERRIES BRITISH SANDACE CHAMPIONSHIP

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