A Day at The Races: Classic Lotus F1 Action

Been too long since I posted anything but have been so busy lately and just haven't had a lot of time to spend online.

I shot this last Saturday at Sodegaura Forest Raceway, about 50mins drive from my place in Tokyo. There were a collection of formula, touring cars and bikes there; mostly British classics, mostly from the 1960s.

I was there to shoot Japanese race driver Tetsu Ikuzawa, who drive for Porsche and various other teams in the 1960s and 1970s, racing various classes from Formula through to Le Mans 24hrs, sports, touring cars etc. 

Ikuzawa-san was there last weekend racing his 1968 Porsche 911T. I was there to shoot some pics of him racing and to arrange a shoot at his home and garage in Tokyo. 

The shots I am doing of him will be featured in the official Porsche 911 50th Anniversary book. Very excited about that. Plus, Ikuzawa-san is a really nice guy… and it's always great to be around racing people.

This shot was nothing to do with the job I was there at the circuit to do but I also spent some time just soaking up the atmosphere and shooting all the cars. In this shot two Lotus Formula cars, which were taking part in the Historic Formula Cup race.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8
Cropped to 16×9 in photoshop.

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12 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Ankh Entertainment

    Love this shot very cool lighting.

  2. Alfie Goodrich

    Thanks +Ankh Entertainment .. shame about the No.35 car coming out of the guy's arse in the foreground but these cars don't stay still for long so it was get the shot like this or not at all. Light was great all day….

  3. Sebastian Gotthardt

    lovely shot and a great perpective.

  4. Tze Tuo Cheung Vivas

    Nice shot, I really like the composition.

  5. Alfie Goodrich

    Actually more like a Panavision crop than 16×9. I grew up with John Frankenheimer's film 'Grand Prix' – which explains the crop.

  6. Wylliam Zacarias

    Dear Alfie , thanks for the post above and have an excellent day .Greetings from Brazil .

  7. Jason Combs

    Oh God!  I would of loved to have gone to this.

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  10. Tim Buerger

    I can't tell if it's because I went to film school, but 16×9 always does it for me. Good choice.

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  12. viet nam

    hi good

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