When we announced the Nürburgring theme last week, I knew we would get a response. So many of you submit every week, that the odds of getting some ‘Ring images were always going to be quite good. What I didn’t expect though was as this week rolled on, for you to start sending us images from last weekend’s 24 hour event…
Most of you will by now have read or seen Jonathan, Larry and Hide’s awesome coverage from the event, but there is something powerful about the variety of having so many extra photographers on site, willing to help us hunt the speed.
Especially at a place like the Nürburgring, a venue that you can’t really appreciate the size of until you’ve been. I mean, there are actually small towns and villages within the perimeter of the Nordschleife itself.
With a 25km lap, it’s impossible to be everywhere at the same time.
Yet, by the power of Speedhunters, we – as Speedhunters – were everywhere and all of the time too.
Do you know how hard it is to shoot for example, the first corner of the GP circuit and the Karussell on the same lap? By one person, it can’t be done unless you use a helicopter.
I’ll be the first to admit that I was gutted when I knew I wouldn’t make it to the N24 this year, and I mean properly sick to my stomach. I’ve often said if I could only cover one race for the rest of my life, then this is it.
Yet through my absence, I got to experience the N24 like I’ve never been able to before.
With the help of the official live stream, Radio Le Mans and the #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER tag on Instagram, I was able to experience the N24, albeit vicariously, but in a more complete manner than I’ve been able to before.
When you’re trackside, you usually have no idea what’s going on.
Considering the extreme weather at the event this year (let’s be honest, the Nürburgring is no stranger to rain so when they have to stop the race, you know it’s serious), I’m sure it was a nightmare for anyone trackside trying to figure out what was going on.
It might result in some spectacular images, but these are not the sort of conditions that modern electronic cameras thrive in. In fact, Max’s camera failed due to the weather.
I’ve been lucky in that I’ve never experienced a fully wet race at the ‘Ring before. When it’s dry, the place really lights up but once the rain sets in, it’s not exactly paradise. Imagine it’s 4am, you’ve been awake 24 hours already, you’ve hiked probably the best part of the length of the circuit, you’re tired, you’re hungry and you’re stood ankle deep in water. Yet, we all know that we would happily do it again and again, because this is what we do.
Because we know that at some stage, the weather will lift and that our second wind will arrive and then there’s nothing stopping us.
Why? Because we’re all Speedhunters.
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…
Flickr - Join our #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER Flickr Group and share your favourite photos with us and others.
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 on firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little bit about the event. The images need to be a minimum of 800×533 pixels.
Have you submitted already but yet been featured? Here are some tips to help you…
DO – Tell us your name!
DO – Submit your best work, regardless of when it was taken
DO – Take your time shooting and consider each detail
DO – Try to submit each image no larger than 1000PX wide
DON’T – Put a huge watermark on it. We’ll make sure you’re credited
DON’T – Send us huge image files that kill our e-mail system
DON’T – Send us scary ZIP or RAR files