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Mad Aussie
11-25-2012, 05:40 AM
October is Bathurst 1000 time. For most red-blooded Australian and New Zealand males (and some sheila's too) this means the pinnacle of motor racing in this country.
The Mt Panorama circuit is world renown and truly an amazing race-track.
My father, brothers, and I have watched the 1000 km race each year on TV religiously. We sit still for 6 1/2 hours no other time during the year.
With my fathers recent cancer battles, followed by severe heart and lung issues, and my youngest brother's ongoing cancer and nerve tumour battle, it was going to be a battle of another kind to get us all to the race-track to see the race live some 13 hours drive away.
Road trip!
I could go on and on about that week camping with my dad and two brothers but this thread is about the dream of driving around the race-track.
We weren't allowed.
So ... even though the gradient up and down is as much as 1m in every 6m we stuck dad in the wheelchair, grabbed some rope, the camera's, and went did a lap.
What an effort ... but we had fun ;)

Oh No!! The Rock! Watch Out For the Rock!!!
Yes, corny as it is folks ... this is our tribute to Dick Johnson's two big crashes at Mt Panorama, the Rock as he exited the Cutting going up, and the wall clip that sent him into the trees as he exited Forrest Elbow and started down Conrod Straight. - taken Oct 2012, Mt Panorama, Bathurst, NSW
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Through the 'Dipper'
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There has never been a wheelchair nailing the apexes and setting speeds like this around the famous motor-racing venue
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Hillbillygirl
11-25-2012, 06:27 AM
Those are awesome MA. Especially with the heartwarming story attached to this. Thank you for sharing such an important part of your life story with us.

Bambi
11-25-2012, 08:15 AM
what a wonderful set!!! It looks like your dad is having a blast....

Marko
11-25-2012, 10:46 AM
Well done MA! Made me smile! Thanks for sharing the story as well!

Realist
11-25-2012, 01:37 PM
I like these photos, looks like you had fun. Number two and three look like he's going really fast, so good job!

Matt K.
11-25-2012, 02:58 PM
Superb. Love the story and the (e)motion captured in your images. Well done.

Runmonty
11-25-2012, 03:13 PM
Super set MA. Love the sense of motion. If images are to be judged by ones emotional response when viewing - you have a winning set here:1st:

Mad Aussie
11-25-2012, 05:43 PM
Wow, thank you people. Lovely comments, and I'm pleased to share these with you.

I continue this story here http://www.photography.ca/Forums/people-photography-portraits-sports-etc/19437-set-no-limits-2-a.html#post136117

QuietOne
11-25-2012, 11:16 PM
I showed Mike both threads. His comment was, "Oh, God".

Mad Aussie
11-25-2012, 11:45 PM
I showed Mike both threads. His comment was, "Oh, God".
:) Why oh god?

QuietOne
11-29-2012, 11:38 PM
:) Why oh god?

It was said in a "I can't believe I'm seeing this" tone. You have to admit, it's a bit nuts.

asnow
12-01-2012, 11:47 AM
It must be Karma because just recently I was thinking that we hadn't from you for a while and was wondering how you making out. Then you pop up with this heart warming story. Just wonderful that to see that you, your dad and your brothers were able to make this venture. Looks like you all had a blast, especially your dad in these pictures. Love how you really gave a sense of speed and I'm sure you set a wheelchair track record. Looking forward to seeing more pictures. Well done mate.

Mad Aussie
12-03-2012, 03:56 AM
Sorry for the late replies ... been having some awful internet issues here lately.


It was said in a "I can't believe I'm seeing this" tone. You have to admit, it's a bit nuts.
What's crazy about a 75 yr old man flying down a steep race track on a wheelchair?? http://www.roadgrime.com.au/_files/09poketongue2.gif



It must be Karma because just recently I was thinking that we hadn't from you for a while and was wondering how you making out. Then you pop up with this heart warming story. Just wonderful that to see that you, your dad and your brothers were able to make this venture. Looks like you all had a blast, especially your dad in these pictures. Love how you really gave a sense of speed and I'm sure you set a wheelchair track record. Looking forward to seeing more pictures. Well done mate.
Thanks man. Yeh, I've been very busy of late again ... same old story ... life, work etc but also working hard on getting our caravan ready for our journey to come.
Yeh we had a blast, we really did.

QuietOne
12-04-2012, 01:18 AM
What's crazy about a 75 yr old man flying down a steep race track on a wheelchair?? http://www.roadgrime.com.au/_files/09poketongue2.gif


No roll cage, safety harness or arm restraints. Who'd you bribe to get him past the tech inspection?:p