The Clipsal 500 has come and put the V8 Supercars race in Adelaide in the spotlight again. This year saw the introduction of new teams and new manufacturers in the line up, Nissan and Mercedes AMG Erebus. Although the Top 10 spots in the first race of the V8 Supercars race calendar was taken by both Holden and Ford, Nissan was not far off, while the Erebus AMG Mercedes were at the bottom of the list due to a string of vehicle issues which will hopefully be sorted for the rest of the season.
The Erebus AMG Mercedes only inked the deal months before the race started, so proper development time was limited but for the teams to bring 3 race E63 AMG Mercedes to the grid is fantastic and the sound of that V8 race engines built by AMG in Germany is nothing short of amazing and spectacular, it sounded like an angry F1 engine.
The Australian GT Championship race is also my other favourite in the series, the line up varies from Mercedes AMG SLS, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 458, Porsche, to Aston Martin. It’s so exciting to see these exotic supercars racing neck to neck and the difference in engine noise is music to the ears.
I received my new long awaited upgrade from my old Canon 5D Mark II to the Mark III on the day it was made available nationally in Australia. I couldn’t wait to shoot with this new camera (review to come soon), so I took it out to the historic Port Adelaide to do some testing. I’ve been wanting to film Port Adelaide for a while now, so what better way to do it with my new camera.
Port Adelaide plays a significant part in the history of South Australia, these days, much of function of the original port has retired, new residential housings and apartments are in development, but most of old historic structures like the Hart’s Mill, the old open bridge of Birkenhead (which I did not get a chance to film it open during my shoot) and the Port Light House.
I will be doing more test video on the new Mark III, but in the meantime please enjoy the short clip of Port Adelaide.
The Extreme Auto Expo has been one of the biggest car show yet. Formally known as Extreme Horsepower Show, the newly branded Extreme Auto Expo is the Adelaide’s round of the Meguiar’s Super Stars, a National competition which attracts the best modified vehicles from all over Australia.
The Glen Jenning’s Batmobile was the star in this year’s show and is a technically correct replica of the 1966 built Batmobile for the 1966 TV series & autographed by Adam West (batman) and Lee Meriwether (catwoman). Body – built by Gotham Cruisers and is a first generation correct moulding and built on a 1976 Lincoln frame.
Apart from the show cars, the Zippel Cruise also rocked up to the show on Saturday afternoon with a total of over 400 cars! Only American muscle cars are on sight, which brought to the showground an American atmosphere like no other.
Here is the trailer for my upcoming video of the 2011 Gazzanats held at Adelaide International Raceway on 15th-16th October 2011. It is an annual revhead events where people from around Australia get together to show off their machines, doing burnouts, and drags.
Here is a time-lapse video of Brighton Beach, south of Adelaide. It is a very beautiful beach and one of the more popular suburbs for recent migrants from Britain. I personally have known at least 4 people who have moved to Adelaide in recent years from Britain that lives in around Brighton.
It was the perfect weather for landscape time-lapse as there were lots of cloud movement which make it more interesting.
The 2011 Adelaide Fringe Parade returned to Adelaide City after the original one was cancelled due to bad weather. Thousands of people flocked to Rundle Road and East Terrace to watch the parade of hundreds of colourful cast participants.
The parade celebrates Australia’s largest arts festival and talents come from all over the world.
The old big red brick mill was a famous flourmill owned by Captain Hart called The Hart’s Mill established in 1855 and being steam driven it was the biggest in Australia at the time.
The recent Newport Quays redevelopment will see the old mills eventually become a centrepiece of a heritage precinct. It is now one of the only heritage building left untouched around the area.
When the sun sets, the warm lighting really brightens up the red brick walls of the mill. I took the timelapse shots as the sun was setting and really had no choice but to use Aperture mode. But then as it starts getting dark, the flood light lit up and this affected the shutter speed setting from the Aperture mode, hence the flickering.
I will try and do another timelapse at a much earlier time before the sky turns dark.
The Extreme Horsepower Show is South Australia’s Ultimate Automotive Expo all under cover and in the one location. There were heaps of trade sites full of the latest gear car enthusiasts. Featuring Hot Rods, Street Machines, Customs, Hi Tech Japanese Imports, Motorcycles, Drift, Race and Drag cars, if it’s modified it’s there!
One of the hottest show car has to be the Queen Street Racing Million Dollar Drag, a BMW E46 M3 CLS drag car by the Ibrahim brothers with almost every components of the car covered in gold. Also on the show is another car by brothers featuring a Pearl White Ferrari 360 Modena Spyder with custom twin-turbos setup.
Autosalon car show has slowed down dramatically over the years. This is partly due to the fact that the car modifying scenes have slowed as costs for labour and parts are on the increase. Many young people now are buying brand new cars instead of imports due to the more affordable pricing as well as being more fuel efficient.
However, the show is not quite dead yet, but what I did notice though, especially in this show is that these imports are wearing some pretty fancy branded accessories. Gone are the bling bling locally made wheels, and in come the Japanese imported brands like Volks, Works, and many more. These cars also have a much “cleaner” look with no ugly airbrush paint jobs and over killing bodykits.
Crowd numbers have also shrunk but I was there for a good 6 hours to take photos and video and they are now available here.