I managed to get a quick look at the Coroglen/Tapu stage of the the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship last weekend. Australian driver Reeves and co-driving sister Rhianon Gelsomino won the opening stage and never looked back in their Mazda 2.
As a photographer & motorsport fanatic I have for years always been stunned by the early photography of rally cars. Especially historic rally cars captured on film cameras. They just have a certain look to them that can not be matched. It places them in time. I’ve shot rally on digital before but it is just not the same. Perhaps its also the iconic cars in the photos you dream about as a boy such as early RX Mazdas.
I would say from experience it’s the hardest form of motorsport photography with only one chance per stage to get the shot. Let alone using a 70’s film camera with Manual focus, manual exposures, and only 1 click of the shutter. No lap to try again if you miss the moment. Shot using Kodak Portra 400.
Coromandel 2016 Rally winners Reeves and Rhianon Gelsomino