Weston Sandocross

April 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Once a year, the Weston-Super-Mare Motor Club hold an event unique on the British mainland - sand racing on the beach. I had visited it once before, with Les 6 years ago. The weather forecast for Sunday, April 13th was dry and sunny (though with a bitter wind blowing off the sea). I had previously checked with the Club that I would be able to sign on as media and go trackside to photograph.

When I got there, one other person had signed on and I just assumed he was either from the local paper or perhaps the club's own photographer. At one point, we passed each other and just nodded and exchanged greetings but I didn't stop to quiz him. I took photos from a couple of different corners, then after lunch settled on another corner where I reckoned that someone might just roll. During the afternoon, two cars did. Quite spectacular, fortunately neither driver was hurt though both cars looked decidedly the worse for wear.

At some point during the day, the commentator had asked me if I could let him have a photo for the local paper, as they apparently hadn't sent a photographer along. I agreed. During the day, with 2 cameras with different lenses attached, I took over 700 photos which that evening were whittled down to just under 300. I emailed four to the club for them to make a final choice and this was subsequently published in the following week's edition of the local paper, both the print version and the online edition. The club then asked if I could put all the photos into an online gallery for their members and the competitors to view. So I did. On the Monday, the Clerk of the Course, the Secretary of the Meeting and the Event Commentator all emailed me to thank me for the gallery link which they had viewed and thought the photos were fantastic.

A very enjoyable day out;  doing what I love doing and it was nice that the results gave other people a lot of pleasure too.

And the other photographer - I have no idea who he was.


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