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02-16-2014, 08:16 AM   #31
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Wow, some wonderful photos of racing here. I've been a lot with my K200D with no ill affects

Vintage Nitro Cars


Notice the old lady with the purse. Seems a little out of place.


One of my favs


Video of the California Hot Rod Reunion Cacklefest with my P&S. Over 100 Nitro cars running at the same time.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnrudolph/4183529355/


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02-16-2014, 09:30 AM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by john5100 Quote
Notice the old lady with the purse
That's gotta be his mum, you how she hates him doing this.
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That's gotta be his mum, you how she hates him doing this.
Ha!! You got to be right!
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Nice shot. And you got the drivers attention by the looks.
Hmm Val Torres - Did you ask whether they needed a photographer for the team?
I sent a copy to the NHRA to forward to Val Torres. Hopefully it will make it.
I was so jealous of the event photographers that were standing within the safety zone.
I did wonder why some of them were shooting with what looked like a 300mm lens when they were only 15 feet away. Portraits? or flames out of the pipes...

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QuoteOriginally posted by AquaDome Quote
Liquid nitromethane will dissolve acrylic plastics on contact.
Vaporized nitromethane can ignite spontaneously at the right vapor density.
Statistically, damage to your camera should be the least of your worries.
Sounds like fun.
It was alot of fun. I've forgotten how great a event NHRA is. The access to the drivers, crews, and pit row makes it very different from other pro racing events. Ie Nascar and Indy.
I got a big kick out of the number of families rolling away a rear tire from a dragster to take home. Talk about a souvenir...



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QuoteOriginally posted by john5100 Quote
Wow, some wonderful photos of racing here. I've been a lot with my K200D with no ill affects

Vintage Nitro Cars


Notice the old lady with the purse. Seems a little out of place.


One of my favs


Video of the California Hot Rod Reunion Cacklefest with my P&S. Over 100 Nitro cars running at the same time.
2008 California Hot Rod Reunion - Cacklefest | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
John,

You have some really nice images of the drags. How did you get so close and so high? I was limited because I choose to shoot from the guard rail which put me to low to shoot over the barriers. Some of your shots looks to be from the grandstand, but they look to be closer.

I really like your historical race car shots. Where and When was this event?

7samurai

02-18-2014, 02:44 PM   #35
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7samurai - Actually I was in the bleachers for the California Hot Rod Reunion at Famosa Raceway in Bakersfield with my DA 18-250mm . That is a surprising good for this type of event.


All photos shot with the DA 18-250mm. Hope you have fun with them.





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I know I'm a bit late to the party here, but regarding the possible effects of nitromethane on your camera gear. The MSDS says it will attack some forms of plastics, rubber and coatings.

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/81-123/pdfs/0457.pdf

I have attended many NHRA events at Pacific Raceways, and my film camera was never the worse for wear after the weekends, and my digital gear has not shown any ill effects either. But I was always careful to not be directly in the spray of the raw fuel coming out of the pipes when they were running the engines in the pits.

The stuff does burn the eyes and irritate the skin though.

And does anyone get more wound up than John Force? That guy always seems very excited. Must be the nitro fumes.

Mrs. Racer loves him.

I think it is his excited nature.
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