Archive for the ‘Unpublished’ Category

Atsushi Kuroi’s UNPUBLISHED Riverslide 180SX

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

With the drifting season just around the corner, I was looking to shoot a feature on one of the many cars in the area. After a few phone calls, I found out that Atsushi Kuroi’s competition car from the D1 Grand Prix series was still in town, being stored at a warehouse locally. I jumped at the chance to shoot this car as it is one of my favorites. I brought my Speedotron strobe setup to get some more experience shooting with the lights on some cars, I’m still getting the hang of it.

I started with your basic front 3/4 profile shot

Then I moved around to the front head-on shot. The car looks so menacing from this angle!

This RB26 engine puts out more than 600 horsepower with the help of Nitrous!

These custom pop-up headlights look awesome in drift!

The amount of smoke Kuroi puts out is amazing! Here’s a shot of the car in action from the last D1 GP event at Irwindale, CA

Here’s another of Kuroi in tandem with one of the famed Team Orange cars.

Unfortunately, this feature never found a client. The original publishing magazine went out of business before the feature ran, and no other magazines took up any interest in the car.

Even more unfortunately, Kuroi passed away since this car was shot. R.I.P. to one of my favorite drivers in D1 Grand Prix.

UNPUBLISHED Redline Time Attack Fontana

Monday, February 12th, 2007

In order to shoot the Chris Rado Hero Card, I had to attend the first Redline Time Attack event of the season at California Speedway in Fontana. Since I was already at the track, I shot some stuff. I only shot the track from two different locations, which at the time seemed like two more than I needed since my paying assignment of the day required me to be away from the track for awhile. The coverage never went anywhere but my hard drive, so this is the first anyone is seeing these images.

All wasn’t for naught, as I used an image or two from this event in my motorsports portfolio to show my ability to shoot a variety of subjects.

Tyler McQuarrie pilots the JIC Magic / Hankook Nissan Silvia S15 to a blistering time of 1:08.861 in the Unlimited RWD Class.

James Sofranos narrowly edged out McQuarrie in the GMG Porsche GT3 with a time of 1:08.656.

Chris Rado’s pit setup.

Joey Redmond shooting some video for Redline Time Attack.

Chris Rado UNPUBLISHED Hero Card shoot

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

In the week leading up to the first Redline Time Attack event of the 2007 season, one of Chris Rado’s new sponsors had contacted me about shooting a hero card for them. Rado’s World Racing Time Attack Scion tC was breaking records, and Rado has long been an innovator of motorsports, so I was excited to work with him. Prior to the event, we exchanged several emails and a few phone calls discussing the details of what they were looking for, and some pricing was exchanged. Although a final price wasn’t agreed upon prior to the shoot (at the time we were still waiting to hear back from upper management, but I had no reason to believe the price wouldn’t be approved), I showed up to the event to shoot some action shots of Rado’s car as well as some hero shots to be used in the card.

After the shoot, a few proofs were sent to the company. I informed them that once I got confirmation of the pricing, I would send over the high res files. Several weeks went by, and my emails and phone calls went unanswered. In the end, these photos never saw the light of day, which is unfortunate because I was particularly proud of some of these shots. You win some, you lose some.