June 15, 2010 by Rob Hurlbut
SDKA HPV4, Formula YC, and Superbox Racers Take The Stage
The last SDKA (San Diego Karting Association) event I attended was back in April, and the resulting photos and blog post I produced had me lamenting that the fact that it seemed my SDKA photo shoots had become very dull and ordinary. As such, back in April I promised that my next SDKA photo-op would be different… “like nothing you’ve ever seen before.” Well, the SDKA race in May 2010 was in Perris, CA which is too far away for me to travel to, so I had to wait for two months to redeem myself, and I really do think that I did.
Seconds After The Green Flag
In order to distance this photo-shoot at this particular SDKA race from the others I have done, I knew I needed to shoot something that was NOT in any of my previous posts or photos. It took a lot of thought to figure out what that might be. I though about traipsing through the pits and snapping some shots of racers as they prepared to race but I ultimately nixed that idea. I wanted ACTION shots that I haven’t seen online or anywhere else.
The Checkered Flag
I did some research, and by research I mean that I used avenues other than Google, because Google will provide law enforcement with search records without a warrant. Since I am a child of the 1990’s, I knew how to go to a library, read encyclopedias, and generally conduct an information search that was 100% Google (law enforcement’s puppet) free. What I found out was very simple. SDKA photos and articles did not have photos of the start or finish of their races. Bam! I had my agenda.
HPV-2/HPV-1/Junior-1 Racer Tears Up The Track
So, even after doing my Google (CIA, NSA & FBI) free research, it still took a little time to get into my photographic groove. For one thing, by 3:30pm, the sun was really starting to dive into the Pacific ocean, so one side of the SDKA track was back-lit, and the other side was bathed in late afternoon sunshine. If you are a photographer, then you know the challenges this lighting creates.
The Checkered Flag
Number 12 buzzed across the finish line first, making him the winner for the HPV-2/HPV-1/Junior-1 class. I was hoping for some photo-finishes, but the winners of each race were very much in a league of their own, beating the rest of the field by a wide margin.
TaG Seniors And TaG Masters Take The Stage
So, in the spirit of photographing something I’ve photographed in the past, but in a different way, I have shots of the start and finish of most of the races. I’m also grouping the photos for this post according to the class of the racers, as opposed to a random assortment of photos. I think it will help the post be a bit more linear and help to tell a better story.
TaG Racer Roars By During An SDKA Race
The Winner Of The TaG Heat Takes The Checkered Flag
It is very exciting to watch the winner of a race cross the finish line. For that moment in time, everyone knows that you are the best, with a checkered flag and possibly a trophy to prove it.
SDKA Shifters Explode From The Starting Line
As a person that knows a little less than nothing about go karts, I will make the following assumption: The shifter class of go karts are the fastest karts on the circuit. These guys fly around the course, Tokyo drift around the corners and generally control a certain amount of chaos behind the wheel.
The Winner Of The Shifter Class
I think the body language of this racer says it all, and rightfully so. This SDKA racer CRUSHED his competitors, and as the photo above proves, he was so far ahead that his competition was nowhere in site.
SuperMoto Invades SDKA Go Kart Racing At Qualcomm Stadium
This is the first time I have ever seen motorcycles racing at an SDKA event. It was very, very cool, and (no offense intended to go kart racers) the highlight of the race for me. I love motorcycles and even own one myself, even though I never ride it.
Panning A SuperMoto Racer At Qualcomm Stadium
Just in case other photographers would like to know, every photo in this post was taken with my Nikon D5000 at 1/1000th, f/8, 200 ISO. The D5000 really is an incredible camera and until I have a D700 fall into my lap, it will be with me just about everywhere I go.
The SuperMoto Winner Crosses The Finish Line
The SuperMoto racers were the final heat for the day. If nothing else, my time at the track on this particular day inspired me to get the hell back onto my motorcycle. Motorcycles rock, and god damn it, I rock too! The brief video below does not do the racers justice but I figured I’d throw it into the post anyway. Cheers.