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High Octane Photos Site News Most people who come to this site, are no doubt aware that most of the photos on here are for sale. There are a couple of exceptions for legal reasons, but at least 99% of the photos on this site are available for purchase.

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More New Galleries
Posted by FIL on Monday, March 11, 2013 (17:43:37) (528 reads)
High Octane Photos Site News I've just added three new galleries to the site, the December 2012 Nitro Funny Car meeting and January 2013 Night of Fire 1 meeting from the Perth Motorplex, as well as the Cranksters Rod and Kustom Club's 2013 Hot Summer Nights.

Click through the links below to see the photos
December 2012 Nitro Funny Cars
January 2013 Night of Fire 1
2013 Cranksters Hot Summer Nights

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Recent Additions
Posted by FIL on Sunday, March 10, 2013 (19:38:06) (468 reads)
High Octane Photos Site News I've been a little slack getting new photos onto the website lately. But I've recently added a few new albums and am planning on catching up on a little more work over the next couple of weeks.

Here are 3 new albums I've just added..
2012 December 14th Fast Friday
2012 Badass Burnouts (and Freestyle Motocross)
2012 Burnout Masters

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Pick Ten: Perth Motorplex Pre-Season Test and Tune
Posted by FIL on Thursday, October 25, 2012 (23:39:47) (588 reads)
Drag Racing This season's pre-season Test and Tunes at the Perth Motorplex were scheduled as a Saturday - Sunday affair, however rain over the course of the weekend ended up giving us a much reduced session, with Saturday cancelled and Sunday shortened by a couple of hours.

Here are 10 of my favourite shots of the day, in chronological order.

Rhiannon Allison was licensing in her dads dragster. At this stage, Craig will be back in the car for the regular season, but this is definitely not the last time we'll see Rhiannon in a race car.

The name Pete Veersma is well known to Western Australian drag racers, Pete made a return to the sport last season to help out Jeff Clarke in his final season, and is now running a car for his son, Luke Veersma.

Another car from the Hort racing stable, I believe this is Ethan's girlfriend Jayme behind the wheel of the teams third car.

Sam Treasure had a very busy couple of weeks getting the Cleveland Express back together with a new motor. The work paid off when the team ran their first ever 7 second pass on their first full track pass with the combo.

Kyle Putland has a new car this season, and had brought a tuner from the USA to help out for the weekend. In his first hit out with the new AMA deal, Kyle ran under the national record with a 6.85 second pass.

Simon 'Gonzo' Travaglini was out testing 'BA Baracus' and laid down a 6.44 second pass during the afternoon. With a previous best of 6.41 seconds, Gonzo was happy with the way the track and car performed in testing.

Supercharged Outlaw racer Ian Foster has a new Funny Car on track.

Mosman Park racers the Champan Brothers have a new Saratoga Doorslammer on track this season. This will also be a car to watch this season.
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Pick Ten: FIL'n'K8 Do Phuket
Posted by FIL on Thursday, October 25, 2012 (23:36:28) (512 reads)
High Octane Photos Site News My wife, Kate, and I have recently returned from a short holiday in Phuket. This was our first time in Thailand, and also our first holiday since both our wedding and the birth of our daugher, Mikah. There were so many enjoyable moments while we were there, that picking out 10 photos was a bit of a challenge. There are many more photos from the trip in my flickr account here. In the mean time, these are 10 of my favourite shots from the trip.

After landing at Phuket airport, we caught a taxi down to the first of two hotels, the Paragon, at the northern end of Patong Beach. We quickly headed for the pool, checked out the pool bar, then got ready to hit town for dinner.

No sooner had we left the hotel, than it started to rain. Thinking this was just going to be a quick tropical blast, we decided to keep walking. By the time we found shelter, we were absolutely drenched and were questioning our own sanity. However, once we did find shelter, we also found a nice little food hall where we had dinner. By the time we were finished dinner, we'd dried off enough to keep on walking and ended up making it to the Jungeylon shops where we did a spot of shopping, picked up a few supplies we hadn't bothered bringing on the plane and then caught a tuk tuk back to the Paragon.

Phuket is definitely alive with building activity at the moment. From small sets of villas to apartment buildings like this one. wherever you head, you'll pass several construction projects along the way. As you can see here, scaffolding methods, or more precisely, materials, are a little different here to those in Australia.

The outdoor bars in the OTOP Markets are a relaxing place for a cold drink or three during an afternoon exploring Patong. The markets are a short walk south of the popular Jungceylon shopping complex in the middle of Patong, and the market stalls here are a lot cheaper than those in the Junceylon basement, although the night markets in Phuket Town seem to be where the real bargains can be found.

We headed a little out of Patong, down to the Kok Chang elephant park, where Kate and I took the time to get up close and personal with an elephant.

The Wat Chalong temples in Phuket Town are an impressive sight, and of course, crowded with tourists. The Wat Chalong temple is considered the most important of the 29 Buddhist temples in Phuket. This photo is not of the main temple, but of a smaller temple in the complex.

One of my favourite meals of the trip was also the cheapest. 440 baht for barbecued catfish, chicken and pork, with a side of salad and some fried rice, two cokes and a king brown of Chang beer.

That night we headed to the weekend night markets in Phuket town, where I couldn't resists sampling some of the local delicacies, in particular, the deep fried insects on offer.

This is why we were there, highschool friends of my wife Kate, Marcus and Danelle, had chosen Thailand as the place they wanted to get married. Danelle was one of Kate's bridesmaids at our wedding, and we were honoured to be invited to join them in Phuket for their wedding.

Not that there's really room for error when you're landing jet aircraft anyway, but Phuket international airport really stresses the point.

Now we're back in Australia, back to our respective day jobs, with the usual sides of a lot of motorsport coming up, and a busy family life as well. Much like our previous USA trips, discussions on the next trip started before we'd even landed, although, again, much like the previous USA trips, it's entirely possible that the next trip will be nothing like we thought it would be either.
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Pick Ten: WASCC Twin Trophies
Posted by FIL on Thursday, October 25, 2012 (23:28:12) (530 reads)
Circuit Racing A little while ago, I shot the WA Sporting Car Clubs annual Twin Trophies race meeting, formerly known as the Torque Trophy (for Street Cars), but now renamed to include the Tander Trophy race for Improved Production.

Without too many words, here are 10 of my favourite shots from the meeting.

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Toyota 86 visits AFARCC Meeting
Posted by FIL on Friday, June 15, 2012 (17:24:42) (606 reads)
High Octane Photos Site News Toyota's 86, inspired by the legendary AE86 and known across the planet as the GT-86, 86 and Scion FR-S, and also available as the Subaru BRZ, is making it's way to showrooms in Western Australia at the moment. Last week, the All Fours and Rotaries Car Club of WA were lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the 86 when Toyota WA's Adam Song brought the first 86 to hit WA, a red GTS, to their club meeting.

While some of the loyal Toyota fans (myself included) are having trouble getting past over the Subaru boxer motor under the hood, the price is low enough to leave an 86 buyer with a plethora of options to help them get around that little obstacle, from aftermarket exhausts and turbo kits, to complete drive train swaps, with these cars having already received Toyota V8's and turbo 6's.

The build quality and trim is nothing short of Toyota and Subaru's usual levels, with little touches like windows that lower themselves slightly while the doors are open just the icing on the cake.

Although the Toyota 86 has yet to officially hit WA's streets, there's little doubt that we'll soon be seeing this vehicle, and it's stablemate the Subaru BRZ, become fairly prominent in club level motorsport.

Huge thanks go to John Fowler, for keeping the doors open at Wheels World for us to have the meeting. John has been a friend of AFARCC for many years, and has helped me out several times in the past as well.

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2012 Anywhere, Anytime Airshow at RAAF Pearce
Posted by FIL on Saturday, June 09, 2012 (03:42:02) (1800 reads)
High Octane Photos Site News Like most motorsport people, I love anything loud and fast, and that includes military aircraft. So when the RAAF announced they were running another airshow at RAAF Pearce, north of Perth, I started making plans to get there.

We ended up getting a little delayed, partly due to traffic and partly just due to the usual issues with getting a car packed with stuff for a young family. However, the timing turned out to be pretty good, as we cruised in past a C-130H firing up, and as Kate was busy unpacking the car, I was shooting it taxiing out to the runway to start the afternoons military flying displays.

The RAAF were keen to show off their new C-17A Globemasters, with two aircraft on site, one on static display and the other in the air.

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2012 Wanneroo V8 Supercar Round
Posted by FIL on Sunday, May 06, 2012 (19:22:40) (1884 reads)
Circuit Racing Over the weekend, we had the Perth round of the 2012 V8 Supercar Championship Series. I shot the weekend from the stands, and got to spend the time with friends and family, which is something of a rarity in the world of motorsport photography. (It's probably the only time this year I'll get a chance to do it)

Friday was fairly wet, and saw plenty of cars heading off track, in particular on turn 7, outside the WA Sporting Car Club's clubrooms.

Garth Tander had a home town weekend he'd probably rather forget, with some unspectacular results and a first lap crash and fire on Saturday.

Click on through for some more photos from the weekend. (And don't forget to check out the High Octane Photos Google+ page for even more photos)
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Some Recent Galleries
Posted by FIL on Monday, April 30, 2012 (18:34:52) (598 reads)
High Octane Photos Site News I've been a little slack in updating the front page of the website recently, but I've still been busy taking photos and uploading them for you all to enjoy. Here are a few recent galleries that people have been asking about.

The 'Shows and Cruises' section has been updated with photos from Motorvation 26 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), Hotrods to Hell at Devilles Pad and from the Burnout King and Burnout Masters events at the Perth Motorplex. The photos from the Cranksters Pipeline Picnic can also be found in the Cruises and Shows gallery.

For the drag racers out there, the Drag Racing 2011/2012 gallery has been updated with the photos from, amongst other events, the 2012 WesterNationals (Saturday and Sunday), the 2012 Nitro Funny Car Fury event, the 2011/12 Perth Motorplex season finals, Nostalgia Drags, ANZAC Day Holden vs Ford and a whole heap of Whoop Ass Wednesday and Fast Friday events.

I've also been busy re-sorting and uploading the photos from our 2010 USA road trip "The Bonneville Run", sorting the photos into galleries for individual cities and events, including Bonneville Speedweek, the ANRA Summer Nationals and the GoodGuys 24th West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton. I've still got a little to go with that gallery, but it's getting there.
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2010 - 2011 Drag Racing Gallery
Posted by FIL on Sunday, February 05, 2012 (16:41:26) (651 reads)
Drag Racing Although I've gotten a little behind with the site news stories lately, the 2010-2011 Drag Racing galleries are complete, and can be found here.

The 2011-2012 season gallery is also well under way and can be found here.
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2011 Cranksters Pipeline Cruise
Posted by FIL on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 (23:50:00) (748 reads)
Cruises and Shows Now a rather well established cruise on the calender of Perth's Hot Rod and Kustom scene, the Cranksters Pipeline Picnic heads out to Mundaring each year. The Cranksters pre-sell the majority of entries for this event to ensure that it doesn't become too crowded in the space around the Mundaring Hotel.

We headed up to Mundaring to check out all the sights of the Cranksters 2011 Pipeline Picnic, and you can find all the photos here.
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2011 ACE Ford Cruise
Posted by FIL on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 (15:48:59) (693 reads)
Cruises and Shows Each year, the ACE Ford car club hold their annual cruise night. For as long as I can remember, this cruise has met in the carpark at Curtin University in Bentley. This year, several hundred cars took part in the cruise, which this year wound up at the Alcoa Social Club.

We tagged along to get a few photos of the participants at Curtin, at Alcoa and also on the Cappuccino Strip in Fremantle. You can find all the photos from the 2011 ACE Ford Club's Annual Cruise Night here.
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2011 March 23rd Whoop Ass Wednesday
Posted by FIL on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 (19:30:00) (624 reads)
Drag Racing Formula Tech Whoop Ass Wednesday's are a weekly drag racing feature at the Perth Motorplex. These events provide a safe and legal opportunity to race your street legal car or bike on the Motorplex quarter mile.

Photos from the March 23rd Formula Tech Whoop Ass Wednesday at the Perth Motorplex can be found by clicking here.
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2011 Nitro Funny Car Fury
Posted by FIL on Monday, September 19, 2011 (21:29:57) (670 reads)
Drag Racing Nitro Funny Cars shook the Perth Motorplex on March 19th, 2011. Four of Australia's toughest Nitro cars hit the strip as part of the Motorplex's National Open drag racing season.

You can check out all the action from the 2011 Nitro Funny Car Fury here.
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