Friday, May 11, 2012

Center Rd Mx 5.6.12

You know that feeling you get when you haven't been able to get out and go riding? The weekend approaches and it's either raining or work holds you back. Then you finally make it out and it's nearly orgasmic! To make it even better, you know that all your riding friends will be there as well. There is just something to be said about riding motocross.

A little over a year ago, I swapped out my bike for a really nice camera to have for my work. I absolutely love what I do as a job so that keeps the shakes down a bit but I still get those withdrawal feelings from time to time. With that being said, I had a free weekend upon me and decided to make a trip out to Center Rd for some motocross photography.

Let me be totally clear on something. This track is always groomed, always watered and has the best staff on hand! It's hard to find practice tracks that always has flag men. That alone speaks volumes!

The night before... I happen to check facebook and noticed some of my buddies were headed there as well. I just love it when that happens!

Here are a few that I like the most. Once you're finished browsing, click here and check out the entire gallery of all the riders.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Windy Hill Weekend - 3.11.12

I got a bit excited when I woke up Saturday (10th) morning and noticed Windy Hill was open for practice on both days of the weekend. With my mom living around 15 minutes from the track on the Anson County side and the weekend forecast being sunny; it was the perfect opportunity to make my way down for some moto-photos and to catch up on the latest with my mom.

To make things even better, I noticed my good friend Justin Kepley with his entire family out getting his son ready to make a comeback from a recent injury. It's always fun to catch up with friends you use to ride with back in the day! Now that Justin's kids are the ones riding, he spends a lot of time taking care of them on and off the track. And I must say, the Kepleys are 100% committed to their racing.  I got to see some sweet footage from their recent trip to the mini-o's.

Oh it gets better... As soon as I got settled in for Sundays practice, I happen to notice a bike number that I immediately recognized. Yep, a couple of my pals that I knew from Andrews Motorsports were out getting ready to shred!

Good track + good weather + good friends = good times. Period!

Once you're finished browsing, check out all the photos from my online mx gallery.

Here's a few from Saturday!

And a few from Sunday!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Club MX 2.15.12

It was Tuesday (14th) evening when these thoughts hit me. I've already heard about the dreamy weather we're suppose to have on Wednesday. Then I read a status update from the Club MX facebook page saying Tim Ferry was out doing some suspension testing. The best part of all, my schedule was wide open.

By now, you're probably guessing that I took a trip back out to the Club. You're absolutely right! There was no way I was about to let that kind of configuration slip out of my hands. I even got to catch up with my photog buddy ole pal, Randall Overby!

As usual, the Club MX fellas didn't disappoint. Zach Osborne was out pounding lap after lap while Ferry made a couple of laps at... probably no where near his capability! It's the strangest thing; even at the casual speed he was riding, he still looked solid on a bike. To me that just proves that he's got a bit of experience under his belt. In addition to all of this awesomeness, Brandon Haas was throwing some mad-crazy whips! And he whipped it every time over the big jump!!! Talk about candy for my lens...

Enough talk. On with the pics!

Ready to see the whole gallery? Just click here and it will take you straight to it.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Club MX 2.8.11

I was just about to head back home from dinner when I got a phone call from David Root asking if I was available for a few photos at Club MX the very next day. Austin, Brandon (Wollenhaupt) and Christopher Venditti were headed to the Club for a few laps of moto therapy. And the answer was... you-betcha!

I love photography at Club MX. Those guys keep their tracks groomed very nicely. Not to mention new track designs are often made. The Club MX guys were also out throwing down along with a hand full other practice riders.

Even though the track looked good, the weather was perfect; it was just one of those days! The ones where you know it's probably best not to push it. Brandon is healing from a lingering injury and only made a couple of laps while Austin decided to just practice cornering while Christopher was riding his heart out! He had his 85 in the wind!

Overall, it was a magnificent day to take a few photos.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Andrews Motorsports - The good ole days

Every once in a while, you'll hear the phrase "all good things must come to an end". I really wish I could give a good answer as to why this type of thing happens, but I can't. All I can say is... that's life.

I think we all agree that riding at Andrews was mx at it's best. Mike always took care of his track and you better believe it was for the advanced rider. Big jumps were just around a few tight corners, up hill, down hill and a hi-speed straight-away that would have your bike swapping like a fish out of water if you're not focused keeping it between your legs.

And best of all... the best whoops in town. So lets take a trip down memory lane and re-live the good ole days, shall we!

The whoop-de-dos:

No one... and I do mean no one, had a set of whoops like Andrews Motorsports. Most riders would double all the way through (including myself) and the advanced riders would either triple through or skim the tops. I've even witnessed a rider quad through these bad boys. Pretty ballzy don't ya think? Once you think you have em down, Mike would re-build the whoops back up to man status. I can still hear Mike saying... "ah these whoops are just speed bumps to the top pros". And I'd say he's right  on the mark with that statement.

The Winter.

Andrews was always closed during the months of January and February to let the coldest weather pass. And then, would re-open the first weekend of March. These were the times we'd all load up and head to the sand pits in SC for some good ole sand riding. By the time the track was open for the year, it was a good month or two before the leaves started blooming. It was cold at times but there was nothing like a good ride to get you all warmed up.

Next was the Spring and Summer time. At this point, the track was in full swing and all the riders would bring there awnings to keep the heat and sun off their head. Even with this track being buried in the woods, the roughness of the track would bring out the exhaustion. My point here is when you left Mikes track, you left know you just rode a mans track.

The Fall season. Now this is always my favorite time of year. You know that Andrews would be groomed with all kinds of natures color with the entire track being surrounded by trees.

And once it's all said and done and your packed up and ready to hit the road, there was nothing like the high fives from riders for a good day of riding. We had the best of times... for sure.