Continuing with my strive towards more sports photography, I recently went to the Beach Race in my hometown of Weston-super-Mare with an aim to get right in the action with my camera. The Weston Beach race is one of the largest motocross fixtures in the UK and has been running annually since 1983. Growing up in Weston, I am very familiar with the beach race but can only really remember going to watch it about 3 times, and only at the end of the day when entry became free as the ticket costs always seemed so high. I have been taking photography seriously for the past 7 years, and have wanted to get to the beach race with my camera, thought it wasn’t until this year that I was able to do just that. Partly due to being at University for 3 of those years and I guess I was never really appreciative of the ticket cost now being £20 rather than the £5 it was when I was younger. However, as I’ve grown up I now see things differently and appreciate that you have to spend a whole day at the races to make the most of it.
This year, with a few friends from London we all planned to make a trip to Weston to watch a race day in full. The tickets we got were for Saturday’s races which included the Youth 125/250cc, Youth 65cc and the Adult Quad and Sidecar main event. It’s amazing to see how young some of the youth riders were, tearing up the track in their mini-bikes! The confidence that they have at such a young age is incredible and great to see their natural competitiveness.
I took quite a few photos throughout the day and I was quite surprised to end up with such a high number of photos that I felt were worthy of editing and posting to my portfolio. It’s not often that I’d be able to get around 20 photos in a single day that I felt were a high enough quality to be featured, but it’s always great when that does happen! Most of the photos I have are from the main event which was the Adult Quad and Sidecar race. The race as mentioned before, is more of an endurance race with riders circling the track for around 3 hours. I’m not sure exactly how long the track is, but it certainly winds up and down multiple times within an area about a mile long with a straight section across the harder sand running the full length of the rest of the track. In total, most riders would be doing well if they got in about 15-20 laps. The winner for this year was Quad rider, Carl Bunce with 22 laps and a time of 3:04:29.02. You can see some of my photos from the day below and you can also click through to the full gallery in my portfolio.