#iamthespeedhunter: Irwindale Special

Last weekend saw the conclusion of another incredible season of Formula D. A new champion was crowned, the action was intense and the atmosphere was electric. This however was of no importance to me as I wasn’t there. Again.

Actually I lie, I’m just still upset at missing Irwindale for the umpteenth time, despite it being on my bucket list for so many years. This year was different though as I got experience the full event, albeit vicariously, through the #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER tag on Instagram.

From watching many people prepare for the event, it helped build that sense of excitement.

Even from over 5,000 miles away I – and I’m sure plenty of others – got to experience every detail of the event.

To have so many people contributing to the program has created an incredible record of what happened.

Everyone will always have their own unique take on the event, so you’ll never see the same thing twice.

Our resident DJ and all round person of awesome, Miki Taka, appeared quite a lot on the feed. Can’t imagine why …

Even the media were getting in on the hashtag action, sharing their favourite snaps as soon as they were captured.

Hell, even those of you who couldn’t make it were getting involved.

The real action though came from those of you in the stands. The sight of Irwindale with a trail of tyre smoke decorating the infield is almost iconic at this stage.

It didn’t matter where you were, there was always something worth capturing.

I quite enjoy the behind the scenes type shots, as it really helps give you the full picture of an event. Here is FD start line man – I’m sure there’s an official term – @formuladread with his mighty impressive Datsun.

Mr. Instagram himself, Jarod – with an ‘a’ – de Anda.

I know a lot of people are somehow against the likes of social networks like Instagram, I’ve heard all the arguments but I think that they’re all BS. Anything that has people taking more photographs is a GOOD thing.

It puts a pair of eyes everywhere, and allows a more thorough documentation of any event.

It brings everyone behind the scenes with you, even when there is only room for one.

It brings us closer to the action than ever before.

There is beauty in everything, why not allow more people the ability to capture and share what they find beautiful?

All of these incredible images, and so many more, were created by you, the Speedhunters.

Okay, they’re not 25 megapixel images shot on the latest DSLR, but regardless, they still capture a fleeting moment in time.

The next time you’re out with your phone or camera, remember that you too are the Speedhunter.

Thank you again for all your wonderful contributions, you can view the full feed on our Tumblr page.

Stay safe out there.

Paddy McGrath


We created #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER to allow you the opportunity to share your skills and car culture experiences from around the globe with the rest of the Speedhunters audience.

How do you get involved? It’s simple…

Instagram – Follow us on Instagram at @TheSpeedhunters and tag your own car culture images with #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER
Twitter – Follow us on Twitter at @SPEEDHUNTERS and share your tweets with the #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER hashtag.
Tumblr – Visit our Tumblr page to view the latest #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER tagged images.
E-Mail – If you’ve been to a cool event and captured some amazing images, be sure to e-mail them to us oniamthespeedhunter@dev.speedhunters.com and tell us a little bit about the event. The images need to be a minimum of 800×533 pixels.




写真は、800×533 ピクセル以上のJPGのフォーマットでお願いします。




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damn, theres some pretty cool snaps coming from intagram, might have to get on that


Nice photos. I'm not very "mainstream" So I've avoided IG. But still cool shots none the less.


yea there's nothing mainstreem about a screen name "Hondafan" with a beginner driver logo... haha jk bruh! I had to... no offense inteded at all =p


@Hondafan Hell I don't even have a Facebook! I try to avoid all these Social Networking stuff. Eats you and relationships alive, IMO. This Speedhunting program, though, is really tempting! Perhaps i'll cave in to getting an InstaGram....


My laptop shot got a feature! That's so awesome! :D


Token "hot" females... Yaaaawn. Dime-a-dozen, man. Dime-a-dozen.


Putting up a collective of fans' IG pictures to do a feature coverage of FD is an awesome idea. It brings things closer to the people. Social media sharing at its best!


The person who snapped the one with Walker Wilkerson up close is one daring SOB.


Paddy you spelled my instagram name wrong!!! hahaha. It's E30LEBEN ... Thanks for posting the picture. Really appreciate it!!!


Is that Larry in Anthony Philleo's shot??


Is that Larry in Anthony Philleo's shot??


I've been wanting to do an event post where we use 100% reader submitted photos... it looks like we're halfway there!


I've been wanting to do an event post where we use 100% reader submitted photos... it looks like we're halfway there!


@sean klingelhoefer ... Wooah, Livin' on  a prayer!


@sean klingelhoefer ... Wooah, Livin' on  a prayer!


@sean klingelhoefer ... Wooah, Livin' on  a prayer!


I can't go to the Tumblr link~