Yesterday Glin and I served as pit crew for Tom while he finished his last track day and class at the Portland International Raceway. We weren’t that great as far as pit crews go – we were usually still out walking around the track when Tommy finished a session. We did however circumnavigate the track on the inside and outside, took a few pictures (thanks Hilly) and used zip ties on non-bike things.
This was the first time I’ve been at a bike track and I had a blast. Being 4 feet away from a bike going over 160mph is pretty cool, and the fence and concrete were nice. Hearing a set of 600cc engines whiz by then have a liter bike buzz by, having your head tugged when a group moves past, watching a downed bike slide like a curling stone – all cool. There were a couple bad-asses on the course that were just amazing to watch, but it was also fun to see a friend out doing really well, and looking cooler on the track (thanks to the all black with orange wheels and lego-orange visor) than many of the other riders.
I’ve put up a gallery of still shots that I took with my sister’s D70, her wide-angle lens, and her 70-300mm (sweet), but there are several “in a series” shots that I want to stitch together somehow to show the motion and movement.