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Northstar-at-Tahoe Downhill Mountain Bike Race Photos / 29 July, 2007

I shot photos at the Northstar-at-Tahoe Downhill Mountain Bike Race on Sunday, 29 July, 2007. Normally I shoot video but the old still photography bug bit me. I grabbed the Canon S3 1S camera and started hiking up the mountain. So, here's a slide show to music.


Drag Racing Burn Outs- awesome audio!

Crank It Up!!!!!! Some of my favorite burnout sequences from the "Last Drag" at the Baylands track in the San Francisco Bay area. My video camera smelled of burnt rubber and nitro-methane for weeks. I was nearly killed in 1971 when a blower explosion sent car parts flying straight at me. From then on, I shot from the start line instead of further down the track.


Comet McNaught 12 January 2007

This Comet McNaught footage was shot from the Sierra Nevada foothills between South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, California. There is a bit of haze, but it was clearly visible right after sunset on 12 January, 2007. There are wide shots and a some that are zoomed in. A couple segments are run at 30 times normal speed. Due to the tail length, a bit of wide angle seemed to produce a better visual image. 7x35 and 10x50 binoculars also produced a great view. A telescope would have been great if not for the sunset occurring at the same time.

Posted in Submitted by keith on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 01:18.

"Shockwave" Peterbuilt Jet Truck: 36,000Hp / 376mph

The Peterbuilt "Shockwave Jet Truck" has three jet engines with a total of 36,000hp and 18,000 lbs of thrust. Quarter mile is 256mph in 6.36 seconds! Shockwave is very popular at airshows and drag races. Typical airshow performances include driving by the crowd line and lighting the afterburners, blasting down the runway at speeds approaching 300mph, and racing aircraft down the runway. If you like noise,speed, and fire, here it is. Guinness Book of World Records lists Shockwave as the fastest full size truck at 376mph.


Airplane vs. Helicopter Drag Race

Wayne Handley races his Raven aerobatic plane against Jim Cheatham in the R-22 helicopter. The rules are from a standing stop to one quarter mile down the runway, then back to the start line. Jim was a helicopter pilot in the Army and Wayne a fighter pilot in the Navy. Ahhh, the feud continues!