So, as promised about a month ago (already?! Holy rusted metal, Batman!) here are some of the photos from Philip Island MotoGP. Also, a couple of really cool videos that I took. The racing motorbikes is the 250cc race, not Stoner's efforts as we couldn't get NEAR the fenceline for that one, as we set up camp on the hill (we had binoculars instead :D), but the crowd shot is from the 500cc race. Not that you can see the racers, but I wasn't trying to get them.
So without further preamble, here they are:
Chuck attaching his birthday present - a tank bag. GREAT investment (wish I'd bought me one at the same time *sigh*)
Pitstop! Funny how the cold weather gets to you after awhile . . .
Angel of heat and coffee, number one. I don't know the guy behind the counter's name, but I want to thank him for giving us coffee and helping to defrost our frozen hands!
Angels of heat and coffee, numbers 2 & 3.
We made it! And it was just starting to rain again as we pulled into camp.
Angel of heat and coffee, number 4. Without this guy, we would have been setting up camp in the dark and the rain, then trying to reheat pasta sauce and cook pasta with frozen hands. Paul, you're a legend.
Our spacious wing of the tent that Paul brought down. Can you tell he takes his family camping alot? :D
Camping ground by daylight. There were some pretty amazing structures around, let me assure you! If you can make out the bus behind the 4WD and tents in this photo, that's not the Stoner family camp, it was inhabited by a family of five (mum, Dad and 3 kids under 5) who had brought with them the sandpit and trikes as well!
Specifically our camp site by daylight. This is taken from the door of our tent looking through the "kitchen" to Sue's tent and the motorbikes beyond.
Our structure for keeping the wind off trackside. It worked a treat too, but I was still frozen! Hence the big jacket and the water/wind proof pants over my jeans! Fashion is not a consideration when I go camping!
Just a shot to check out the capabilities of our new camera. Keep in mind that a) we bought it the day before, so I didn't actually have it on the right setting for super fast photos and b) that these guys are doing 300 kph plus at the point on the track (having just come out of Doohan's corner) and I'm pretty impressed with this photo. I like our new camera.
And here's the videos that I took as well:
The 250cc bikes.
The big boys!
Note the difference in the noise level from the bikes between trackside and our shelter? Yes, this was deliberate ;)