CAR DAYS

This is how it all began, my first photos were of cars, my first photography job was for a car magazine.

Cars were life and I still feel a big passion for cars and motorcycles, I don’t need a crazy car or bike to make me happy but I still get excited when I see something special or nostalgic to me.

This is a fraction of the shots I took in the mid 2000’s for magazines in Australia like Fast Fours, Zoom, High Performance Imports. I used my Nikon D70 and the 70-200 lens I still use today. I have re edited some of the shots I like and hopefully I get around to doing more and more of the back catalogue.

The shots are from drag meets and power cruise type events, even some private days I was lucky to attend.

Here are a few other car blogs I’ve posted
https://benxlehner.com/blog/2017/9/3/mines-r34-gtr
https://benxlehner.com/blog/2017/10/11/wtac-2010

121st Austral and National Madison Championships

It was good to finally shoot at Melbourne Arena. The track the only exists for a few days per year in Melbourne. Usually I’m racing but this year I decided the sort a media pass and shoot the night action including Team Pursuits, Team Sprints, Keirins, Austral Wheelrace and The Madison Champs. These were shot the night before Supercrit

Here are a selection of my favourites from the night.

If you are interested in these images for personal or commercial use please send me a message via the contact page.


SUPERCRIT 2018

Elite Women’s

First Lap - Good field in Women’s Elite with many teams and individuals represented

First Lap - Good field in Women’s Elite with many teams and individuals represented

BXL-2.jpg
BXL-7.jpg
BXL-13.jpg
BXL-17.jpg
BXL-18.jpg
BXL-23.jpg
BXL-31.jpg
BXL-36.jpg
BXL-40.jpg
The Lead out for the bunch sprint and 3rd place. One corner to go and full gas to the line

The Lead out for the bunch sprint and 3rd place. One corner to go and full gas to the line

Elite Men’s

20 5 man teams (100 riders) on the course.

20 5 man teams (100 riders) on the course.

BXL-55.jpg
BXL-60.jpg
BXL-70.jpg
BXL-65.jpg
BXL-77.jpg
BXL-83.jpg
BXL-84.jpg
BXL-81.jpg
BXL-86.jpg
BXL-87.jpg
BXL-94.jpg
Conor on a solo break, later followed by him and friends in a 4 man break that was looking good

Conor on a solo break, later followed by him and friends in a 4 man break that was looking good

BXL-102.jpg
BXL-108.jpg
BXL-115.jpg
BXL-117.jpg
BXL-118.jpg
BXL-122.jpg
BXL-130.jpg
BXL-131.jpg
BXL-134.jpg
BXL-138.jpg
BXL-136.jpg
BXL-137.jpg

Post Race

(look somewhere else for results and finish line shots there are a few bangers out there)

BXL-151.jpg
BXL-155.jpg
BXL-161.jpg
BXL-152.jpg
BXL-158.jpg
BXL-163.jpg

MELGP // NCXS

With the conclusion of the VIC and National series I feel it's been a really good season for me. Racing with and against friends, supporting friends and photographing them in other grades. I loved seeing my Girlfriend Ariella race a few times in her debut season too. My second season and I decided to jump into B grade for the VIC series and M2 for the NCXS series when I raced nationals. It's been a really enjoyable season. I left my only crash to the last race (yesterday) and felt like I improved a lot. I'm looking forward to working on a few things in the off season and be ready to take on 2019.

As well as my racing improving, I felt like on the most part my photography has improved too. CX is fun to shoot and there are so many elements to consider. After my racing in the morning on both days at Round 8 and 9 of the NCXS at FOJ (MELGP) I got the new camera out and shot the Women's and Men's Elite races. I really enjoyed seeing some new interstate and international riders as well as the local favourites. 

Women's Elite Day 1

Women's Elite ready to go

Women's Elite ready to go

Sprinting on the startline

Sprinting on the startline

Full gas into the first technical section

Full gas into the first technical section

The sandpit was fast and fun downhill

The sandpit was fast and fun downhill

Tough section to ride especially with a full field

Tough section to ride especially with a full field

NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-20.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-16.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-30.jpg
One of my favourite shots from the weekend

One of my favourite shots from the weekend

Australian National Champ jersey is always a good look

Australian National Champ jersey is always a good look

Steep!! ~30% and no run up

Steep!! ~30% and no run up

Winner!!

Winner!!

Sprint finish for 2nd place

Sprint finish for 2nd place

NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-70.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-72.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-71.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-74.jpg

Men's Elite Day 1

Jens Dekker - Always looked chill, on the start line in particular

Jens Dekker - Always looked chill, on the start line in particular

NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-84.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-85.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-83.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-86.jpg
Jblood went on the attack early

Jblood went on the attack early

First time up the hill, some rode, most ran

First time up the hill, some rode, most ran

With Jens clearing off at the front, Goss was working on getting by Jblood

With Jens clearing off at the front, Goss was working on getting by Jblood

Mechanical for Josh

Mechanical for Josh

Solo Jens hitting the whoops 

Solo Jens hitting the whoops 

Aitkin in the sandpit. possibly my favourite shot of the weekend

Aitkin in the sandpit. possibly my favourite shot of the weekend

Nordo hanging a knee out to find balance

Nordo hanging a knee out to find balance

NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-145.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-151.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-150.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-162.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-166.jpg
#cornerlikecaseystoner

#cornerlikecaseystoner

NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-182.jpg
Ride the steps!

Ride the steps!

NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-184.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-210.jpg
Winner!

Winner!

NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-215.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY1 18 BXL-216.jpg

Now the track has been reversed and ready for day 2

Women's Elite Day 2

NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-5.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-15.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-22.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-8.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-13.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-12.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-29.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-31.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-35.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-40.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-39.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-42.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-43.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-41.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-44.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-48.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-55.jpg
New skinsuit, same result! 

New skinsuit, same result! 

NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-65.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-67.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-68.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-69.jpg

Men's Elite Day 2

NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-75.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-78.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-79.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-81.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-82.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-83.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-84.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-88.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-90.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-92.jpg
Jens choosing to dismount and run up the other side

Jens choosing to dismount and run up the other side

NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-98.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-103.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-99.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-104.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-105.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-101.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-113.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-114.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-117.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-128.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-129.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-130.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-131.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-133.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-137.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-147.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-138.jpg
NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-148.jpg
Same as yesterday, a dominant perfomance

Same as yesterday, a dominant perfomance

NCXS MELGP DAY2 18 BXL-151.jpg

Bonus Round

If you see yourself here and would like a copy email me at benxlehner@gmail.com

If you would like to enquire about images of yourself not featured here please email me

If you are a team or sponsor and would like to purchase images for use please email me.

Thanks for looking and thanks to those who have supported me this year.