That's Robby Gordon tear-assing around the closed-track, at the 1990 Crandon Brush Run 101 World Championships. Has he got guts, or what? He's been quoted as "Go for the gusto, go for the over-all.." I.e., let's win the over-all position, not just the individual class.
By the way, I'm in a particularly dangerous spot. A race car was pulled over nearby, and the driver was telling me that was a "bad" spot to be caught in.
A few yrs later, a photographer was killed at this track (well, he was co-riding). A couple yrs ago, an ESPN photographer was killed in the Mojave desert (got nailed head-on by a Class 8 truck, like above). Looking back, I realize I was putting myself in a lot of RISKY positions. Many people I know have been injured (broken backs, in wheelchairs), and even killed. Dangerous stuff. Heck, I even co-rided with a friend -- naturally, we wrecked. Bruised spine, broken ribs. Couldn't walk for a few months. OUCH.
Robby spent the last few seasons campaigning in IndyCar, and got himself 2 wins (Phoneix 200 and the Detroit road-race). He's switched over to NASCAR this year, and will be campaigning with Felix Sabates' team. Supposedly, he had the 2nd fastest practice time for the upcoming Daytona 500. Good luck, man.
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My other pal, Rob MacCachren getting serious "air-time" at the Glen Helen OHV short track. Damn, check out that "angle of attack" -- the "landings" are the hard part.. One of the nicest guys I've ever met, even waved at me at the Fireworks 250 as he was approaching a "jump", while waiting to take a shot. Hey Rob, keep both hands on the steering wheel! He was driving an ultra-trick hi-tech "low-rider" for Venable Racing, last season. He & Robby Gordon were neck & neck for the season points championship. There's talk Rob MacCachren might be campaigning a truck for Robby Gordon (car owner). Robby's NASCAR schedule is far too busy, to allow him to dabble in off-road.
This is my good friend George Seeley, Jr., mild-mannered furniture retailer by week -- Class 5 off-road racing demon on weekend. He's gotten some major "air-time" shots, which have earned publication in many magazines and inclusion in an ESPN off-road opening promo. He won the season championship a couple yrs ago, and just won the '96 Baja 1000! He essentially won the Baja 500, but was victimized by a bunch of crybaby protesters. The Baja 500 & Baja 1000 in the same season -- damn, that's NOT bad.. He just won the Parker 400, the opening '97 race. This was the car that I co-rode in, that got me hurt. For more information on SCORE off-road racing, check out http://www.score-international.com/
This is Lynn St. James, nailing a nasty dip & catching big-time "air". She was given this one-time off-road ride, at the '92 Nissan 400. After racing IndyCar, she is now campaigning in the competing Indy Racing League (IRL). I met her @ Long Beach Grand Prix, and she autographed a 16x20 print for me. Boy, was she surprised when I showed her my shot. Very nice person.
This is Roger Mears (older brother of Rick Mears, his younger brother who is a 4-time Indy 500 winner), on the last leg of the San Felipe 250. He autographed a 20x30 print for me, very nice guy. Professional all the way. At the Nevada 500, on the last few miles, he pulled over and calmly asked me whether his right-front tire was keeping pressure. I said "no problem", and sped off towards the finish line.
This is Larry Ragland , on the northern loop of the Baja 500 in '93. This was shot with a 50mm lens -- he is passing another car, and it gave me a REAL close "shave". Whew. He won the last 2 Baja 1000's consecutively, quite a feat
This is Jack Johnson , the 1st "jump" after the opening 50 yd pavement "drag race". Right off the start, he is "sticking" it. The adrenalin is pumping, baby..
This is Jerry Welchel , the "rhythm" section of the Willow Springs short-track ('91). Passing another car, he's "sticking" it. No guts, no glory..
This is Dave Ashley , the finishing leg of the Nevada 500 ('91). He's a consistent driver, with many wins and season championships. Nice guy. Their pit crew once generously offered me a couple quarts of auto-transmission fluid. I had a bad leak way out in the pine forest near Ojos Negros (northern Baja).
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