Hey, Camden Thrasher here from the northwest corner of the U.S.A. The year is almost out, meaning it’s time for a bit of photographic review from the past 365 days. It’s been a pretty amazing journey since this time last year and I can’t wait for next season to begin.


Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
With the sun just cresting the top of the trees, burning off a small layer of fog, waking up early and wandering the pits is something I will never tire of.


Long Beach Grand Prix, Long Beach, California
An unplanned trip to southern California turned out to be one of the most challenging and rewarding times i’ve ever had shooting a motor race. The place is completely insane on race weekend and it’s quite an experience to see and hear the cars streaking through city center.


Rennsport Reunion IV, Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
Legendary Porsches as far as the eye can see. I didn’t have as much time as I had hoped to enjoy this event, Porsche put on a decent show and it was amazing to see some of the cars in person that you mostly only read about.


Rennsport Reunion IV, Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
The Porsche 917. The incredible beauty and incredible performance are still awe inspiring today.


American Le Mans Series, Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
Another legendary car, the Mazda 787B. While not the exact car that won the 24 Heures Du Mans, Mazda did a few demonstrations with this other example to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that win.


Pacific F2000, Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California
I managed to hustle back from standing trackside just in time to grab a quick shot of two good friends enjoying the traditional podium celebration. Champagne in the eyes, that’s gotta sting!


Rose Cup Races, Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon
Another photograph involving a bit of running. I shot the start of the race from the bridge over the front straight and planned to run down and over to the last set of turns to catch the leaders as they came. What I didn’t plan for was marshals waving the yellow flag which blocked my view, but luckily a little hole opened up between the flags for a brief moment allowing me to grab a shot through the gap.


American Le Mans Series, Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
Red Ferrari, green trees, blue sky. The three primary colors here in the beautiful farm lands of Ohio.


American Le Mans Series, Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington Ohio
Nice weather can quickly turn bad, but the heavy rain made for some wild images.


Rennsport Reunion IV, Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
Quite a simple cockpit layout in this Porsche 917-10, but the wildest thing is the silver knob on the right to control the turbo boost pressure. Back in the day, this dial was used to dial in upwards of 1100hp from the twin-turbo flat-twelve engine.


Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
Former F1 pilot Giancarlo Fisichella sits in his Ferrari awaiting to go out for practice.


Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
Gulf Team First’s Aston Martin Vantage catching some air over the curbing


American Le Mans Series, Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
Fabulous backlighting from the setting sun and a plume of dust from the carbon brakes shooting out from the sides really complete this image for me. The Oryx team lead by Humaid Al-Masaood really put on a good show this year, fighting up front with the top American teams.


American Le Mans Series, Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
Porsche GT3R Hybrid. It was interesting to watch this car and it’s ferocious acceleration out of the corners due to the extra 200hp from the electric motors sent to the front wheels.


American Le Mans Series, Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock, Connecticut
A very tiny circuit, the fastest cars lap it un under a minute. The scenery coming down the back “straight” looks strikingly like a certain track in the forests of Germany.


Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
The seriously fast downhill esses of Road Atlanta are a treat for both drivers and photographers.


Rose Cup Races, Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon.
Overheating brake pads caught fire and I just managed to grab a shot of the flames before the crew put the fire out.


American Le Mans Series, Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
The Aston Martin powered Lola is one of the most beautiful race vehicles i’ve had the chance to shoot and the Gulf livery just looks fantastic. The noise from the V12 is amazing as well.


Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
As the sun goes down, you can capture some pretty neat things as the lighting changes. Here the low sun just accentuates the gentle curves of this prototype racer.


American Le Mans, Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
I’ll sign off with another shot from the “golden hour” of sunset. This time of the fantastic Lola-Aston against the strikingly red track surface.

Hopefully next year will be more amazing than this one. I can’t wait!

For Phil it's all about the car, the quality of content and the story. Having experienced life on both sides of the automotive business, the unbridled urge to set up his own unique motoring website led to crankandpiston.com being founded in his spare room. The rest as they say is history.

Phil McGovern

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