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Mini vs Beetle

By Gary_Williams  
If youve a passion about driving, and youre of a certain age, youre one or the other; a Mini or a Beetle person, its that simple.

I enjoyed my trip to Brands Hatch so much a couple of weeks ago; I decided to go back on a real club day, back to basics racing. During the course of the event I spotted these too battling hard (at the back of the grid), and I thought of the choice.

Taken on Saturday at the top of Druids hairpin, exposure 1/800s @ f5.6

Im in the Mini camp Smile

Hope you enjoy, free to critique.



Tags: Sports and action

Voters: TyChee, Freezeframe, digitalcaptive and 118 more

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24 Apr 2006 10:15AM
spot on work, quality shot
Kris_Dutson 19 8.2k 1 England
24 Apr 2006 10:16AM
I really like this strong image perfectly isolating the two cars.

ColouredImages 18 47 35 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2006 10:17AM
I like it and so well presented too. Nice composition gary
John_Frid 16 514 57 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2006 10:17AM
looks great - I'm with the mini.
stevem 18 238 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2006 10:20AM
Mini for me.

Excellent colour.
User_Removed 16 398 6 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2006 10:20AM
oh I like this - colours, composition fantastic
24 Apr 2006 10:21AM
What to say?

rania 18 1
24 Apr 2006 10:22AM
Nice one! Smile
thorn 18 124 2 Scotland
24 Apr 2006 10:37AM
Hi Gary,I don't drive,but i love the beetle cars.They are soooo cool,and i don't like red cars they go patchy.Excellent shot.Take care.AnnSmile
scott_c 16 84
24 Apr 2006 10:40AM
Fantastic shot, great position, like the backgroud.

TonyA 17 11 Spain
24 Apr 2006 10:42AM
Fabulous image of those great old glories. The viewpoint is just fantastic.

NevP 17 853 13 Canada
24 Apr 2006 10:44AM
Great composition, great moment.
xinia 17 54
24 Apr 2006 11:28AM
great shot - love them both Smile
highlander 18 32 Scotland
24 Apr 2006 11:45AM
A beautiful touch of nostalgia her Gary as these were the cars of my youth...excellent colourful exposure, bet the mini won.
shane 18 7 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2006 11:47AM
Hi Garry

Not usually my sort of thing, cars etc. But this is simply excellent. I love the crop and presentation, the colours and perspective also superb

tonymarq 16 1 United States
24 Apr 2006 11:50AM
Gary great action capture and i'm with you on the mini! love the front view with them side by side coming up the hill!

stay well
RipleyExile 19 1.6k 17 England
24 Apr 2006 12:10PM
Definitely the mini.
24 Apr 2006 12:26PM
cracking shot Gary the colour are so rich and vibrant.... Just added you to my favourites, your shots are stunning....

mark_elford 18 61 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2006 12:26PM
Doesnt look like anyones uping the bug.. So Scratch one for the bug from me..

Great duleing action..


PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
24 Apr 2006 12:58PM
Never seen a bug looking like the big car in a race. Nice effect and superb quality and light too.
annefromleo 16 11 1 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2006 2:32PM
congrats Gary on the wonderful image, and HC award.
Great shot!
yjjeep 18 13
24 Apr 2006 5:54PM
As always the sharpness and detail are amazing.
24 Apr 2006 6:16PM
Very original. Very good. Alejandro.
Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2006 11:18PM
Wow folks, thanks so much, and thanks Pete for the HC. I actually expected this to get a little lost in the pages of EPZ, proves how wrong you can be!

Well the votes so far are 4 for the Mini 2 for the Bug and Maggie (Xinia) sittin on the fence Smile

As an aside the Mini chased the Beetle down lap after lap, the Mini always stronger in the corners and the Bug quicker on the straights, and that pressure finally paying off into Druids when the Beetle spun and lost a good 10 seconds. The Mini finally romped home victorious, in its class.

For those interested in the post processing, it was a crop to the letterbox format, a USM (90,1.4,1) sharpen in Lab mode, a tiny tweak of the curves and the border added. Resize, a final USM (18,48,0) sharpen and save for web.

Thanks again folks for your comments & clicks.


keithh 18 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
25 Apr 2006 5:09AM
The classic Brand's view...with a touch of quirk.
love it
JulieTinton 16 39 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2006 7:01AM
Cars are not really my thing but this is a great shot! Congrats on the HC too!
vfast 17 5 Wales
25 Apr 2006 8:32AM
Excellent shot gary. Must get down there one day.

kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
25 Apr 2006 11:55AM
good win on the mini then
MarkT 17 119 2 England
25 Apr 2006 12:01PM
Superb image.

User_Removed 17 825 Lithuania
25 Apr 2006 6:32PM
super capture... great depth and compression!
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
26 Apr 2006 3:06PM
vibrant colours ...perfect composition!!!


lobsterboy Plus
18 15.0k 13 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2006 11:22AM
Really good image - like it. Persoanlly I was a beetle man - used to have one with the back cut off & the engine hanging out.
GillyB 17 317 8 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2006 11:05PM
As I am on my 3rd mini I would have to shouting for the mini - fabulously sharp, congrats on a very well deserved HC!
ginz04 18 281 20 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2006 12:00PM
ive attempted this on several occassions without much success so well done.
bricurtis Plus
17 2.6k 52 England
30 Apr 2006 3:33AM
Brilliant shot Gary so sharp. Good presentation too.
Congrats on the HC.

Maddie 17 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
1 May 2006 12:36PM
well done you
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
1 May 2006 7:40PM
Brilliant shot, well taken indeed! Congrats on the HC, most deserving! Spot on! Click!!!

claret 18 49 England
1 May 2006 10:54PM
Marvellous composition, Gary.
dontforgetme 18 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 12:19AM
Superb capture, love it.

lauraHB 16 121 Ireland
3 May 2006 2:26AM
I'm a mini fanatic myself. Love this shot!!
cameragirl 17 43 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 5:55AM
Great shot! Congrats on the HC! Love Beetles! Smile
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
3 May 2006 7:58AM
Yup! VERY worthy of the 'HC' Gary...

lloydee 18 247
4 May 2006 12:36PM
great shot

vparmar 17 7 United Kingdom
8 May 2006 9:26PM
i like the colours and composition - mini for me and congrats on HC

evelen 17 5 England
17 May 2006 9:43AM
excellent car shots.
twordley 16 360 England
27 May 2006 10:43PM
excellent stuff gazza, good to see you back, and my money would be on the mini

would that be the right choice??

heatherb 18 23 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 8:28AM
love this image, looks like your in a dangerous position
ChristineL 17 39 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2006 3:38PM
Great capture, congrats on the HC, I'm a mini person too,
Nic_WA 17 179 2 Australia
5 Jul 2006 11:23AM
I don't normally look at car pix - just not my thing I guess...but I'm a beetle person Smile Well done on your HC.
martinproe 16 293 5 England
5 Jul 2006 10:23PM
Shi*t hot!
Atlas 19 621 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2006 10:58PM
Awesome shot Gary! Should have had an EC of course ☼☼☼☼☼

Mavis 20 143 2 England
6 Jul 2006 11:35AM
I too love the Mini.xx Congratulations on your two awards . Well presented . Have fun xx
Carabosse Plus
19 42.5k 270 England
22 Jul 2006 4:47PM
Amusing and unusual shot. Well deserved HC.
paulcr 17 1.5k 9 Ireland
9 Aug 2006 12:34PM
Perfect composition. The positions of the cars are spot on, well taken shot too. PAul
7 Mar 2007 10:02AM
Great picture with a exellent framing.

18 Mar 2007 10:30PM
I'm in the mini camp too mate, although unfortunately I sold my Mini 35 today (due to getting old (my knees just cant take it anymore), at least I can console myself with your image

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