Takeoff (1984)

By woolybill1
This is the sort of thing I used to indulge in many, many years ago.

The vehicle leaving the ground is a 1.6 litre Volkswagen buggy, basically a steel spaceframe with a floor and the engine behind the driver. It's competing in an off-road trial in a disused pit in County Durham, anno 1984. As the object of the trial was to get across a difficult bit of terrain there was no need for speed - except for the Green Buggy, which spent most of its time in the air, thus becoming a firm favourite of all the spectators with a mental age of 10 or under (me, for example), who squawked with glee whenever it appeared over the horizon.

So inspired was I that I bought, rebuilt and competed in a buggy of my own for a few years. mrswoolybill took the photos then; I'll try to find some.

Tech: No recollection! Being me, I probably used a 35mm lens and stood close....

Tags: Black and white Takeoff Off-road Vw buggy Sports and action

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Geraint 15 715 34 Wales
16 Mar 2007 3:58PM
Great action shot Bill, and I like the compsition. Nice sense of movement in the front wheels.
LauraBeans 16 32 Scotland
16 Mar 2007 4:05PM
brilliant action shot. Works very well in B&W.

RobinF 15 83 1 England
16 Mar 2007 4:51PM
What a wonderful black & white action shot Bill. Really dramatic image! - regards Robin
ITSJRW 16 5 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 4:55PM
Love the shot but even more I'm jealous of the guy driving.
davewaine 14 141 3 England
16 Mar 2007 6:36PM
Nice action shot, Bill. I remember you boggling. Great verb, to boggle. I boggle, thou bogglest...
IainH 16 82
16 Mar 2007 8:11PM
GlynnisFrith 15 23 3 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 9:28PM
Super action shot, but would like to have been in the buggy at the time
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 10:02PM
My buggy was a two-seater. I and my passenger used to play submarines rather than fighter planes. Proof to follow (when I can find the prints)!
16 Mar 2007 10:10PM
Boggle, boggle - ancient history caught on digital media! Great!

18 Jun 2007 11:21PM
wicked action shot, can see the aggresion in the tyres.

nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
3 Aug 2013 11:14AM
Amazing action shot, WOW!

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