Sequence>> The Day I Was Nearly Killed By An S14

Back in 2008, I made the trip across the Irish Sea to the opening round of the 2008 JDM Allstars Series. The event took place at Teesside Autodrome, just outside Middlesborough in the North East of England. Anyone who has had the privilage of witnessing what Teesside was like in its earlier drifting years, will know it’s a special place. For the Saturday morning of the event, the competitors were left loose on the smaller, but equally amazing, West track.

During the lunch hour, Martin Ffrench told me of an amazing spot out the back of the course where he was getting full lock and lots of smoke. He told me it was a bit of a dangerous place to stand but he promised to make it worth my while.

What I didn’t realise at the time was he intended to use me as a human clipping point.

As the car appeared around the final turn, Ffrench showed no sign of lifting and I distinctly remember him pulling another gear. I can’t remember if it was trust, fear or stupidity but as he transitioned the car I stayed put and kept my finger on the shutter.

After being hit by a storm of rubber pieces, I looked down to see his tyre marks no more than twelve inches from the tops of my toes. Checking the EXIF information in the photographs afterwards, I was shooting at 24mm, which any photographer will tell you provides a quite wide field of view. It’s also telling of just how close I was to meeting my maker courtesy of a yellow S14.5

I now stand much, much further back.

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Wow he was really close i bet that engine was loud as hell though when he came by drifting


Looks the beans! Nice snaps at such a close proximity.


Well I did tell him he would get nice shots and it might be dangerous.


Always stand behind an immovable object when shooting.


atta boy! if were goin out were goin out with what we love ! haha


awesome :P..... love the color combination


My life would be very boring had he gone 12 inches wider while drifting. :P


lucky the wing didn't get you!!!


Be safe brothers.


OMG! Thats close! To get Epic pics you may sacrifice alot ! But not your life!!!


The new clipping point: Human


butt-clenching fear


Epic Story EPIC DESKTOPS !!!!


how are your ears???


next time turn it into a gif


Talk about adrenaline! this beats any doughnut around a photographer, he was flying!


That's too dangerous man. I don't wanna killed by a beauty like Silvia.


the mark of a true photographer!!


If I was in your shoes, I would have felt so scared stiff and would have wondered if that guy had some sort of issue with me.lols. Though seriously, if something gave in, or broke while he was demonstrating that, who knows what could have happened.


if the marks were only twelve inches from your feet you would have been taken out mint shots though


But really, what a way to die... lol.


thats way too close...


That's being brave....

or maybe plain crazy...

Nice shots anyway, glad you got away whith it!!


Desktop the 1st picture please.


Stupid or not, that's being a hard core photographer and more than that, that's being a man with a shitload of guts and a huge sack of BALLS!!! kudoz, but still, don't forget to stay focused at the top of your game and be safe!


@ me: thats a good point. the back of the silvia has to be at least a foot, so it would have taken him out. hmm... weird. but whatever those are some great shots!!!