Photo Challenges

Audi Sport

Or Motorsports. Or simply RS.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Word that contains R and S prompt.

On reading the prompt I thought of the initials RS, sometimes used by car makers to designate a sporting version of a car. It stands for Rally Sport, Rallye Sport or RennSport (racing sport) depending on the manufacturer.

That started me thinking about motorsports and rallying in particular. Which is how I got to the Audi Sport logo on the side of this car.

CMMC: Word with R and S
One Word Sunday


A rider entering the start/finish straight shortly before midnight during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race.

One thing about having no internet connection at home, I’m sitting at the computer editing some of the thousands of slides I copied last winter. This photo dates back to April 1982 when I was obviously experimenting with motion blur.

My contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Bright.

One Word Sunday: Bright
Month of Squares

Six Of A Kind

Theoretically six identical race prepared Yamaha RD 350 LC motorcycles. I say theoretically because while Yamaha tried to make them all identical some were reputedly better than others.

This is a race in the Yamaha Pro-Am series in the mid 1980s. Yamaha supplied 25 bikes for a mix of professional and amateur riders. Which bike you got was the luck of the draw.

This is my day 6 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.


Monochrome Motorsports

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letter R.

I thought the two R in motorsports was a start. Then I found a couple of photos with more letter R in the captions.


Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Letter R

Rallying, a dusk spectator stage of the Lombard RAC Rally.


Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Wheels

Scrambling at Hatherton, Cheshire.


Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Feel the Heat

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Feel the Heat.

When the prompt was posted this part of Ontario had dropped from 30°C to 12°C in the space of 48 hours. So I decided to go with a small selection of photos from my archives taken when I remembered some detail about the heat.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Feel the Heat

Donington Park race circuit in the early 1980s. I was a motorcycle racing guy, I had gone to Donington Park to check out an up and coming racer people were talking about called Ayrton Senna. So of course, I got photos of lots of cars apart from Ayrton Senna. It was that hot in the sun I ended up with blisters on my right ear.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan in the late 1990s. I wanted to get as close to eye level with the American White Pelicans as possible. That meant either lying in the hot sun at the edge of the channel or setting up a tripod in the water and sitting in the water behind it.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Feel the Heat

A section of the Lake Huron shoreline at dawn in the mid 2000s. I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario at dawn as it was only going to get hotter as the day went on. I had recently got a new, plastic bodied digital camera and remember wondering how hot it could get before the heat started affecting the camera.



CFFC: Sense of Smelling

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling.

I was stuck for an idea for the prompt until remembering a comment someone made on Facebook after I had posted a photo of a moto cross bike from the 1970s. The comment was about the distinctive smell from a lot of racing engine’s in those days.

It was the smell of Castrol R, an oil that contained a percentage of Castor seed oil giving a very distinctive smell to the exhaust fumes.

A couple of photos from my local moto cross circuit in the late 1970s, Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling


Month of Squares

April Squares: On Top of the Hill

This is my day eight contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge and probably the oldest photo I will post for April Squares.

Two competitors crest the top of a hill in a race. Photographed at the moto cross track in Hatherton, Cheshire in the late 1970s. Except in those days it was known as scrambling.

April Squares: On Top of the Hill