Gatebil main event 2015

September came early this year!  Well, things got crazy busy, and the blog post from the Gatebil main event just had to wait a bit longer  😦

The main Gatebil event was held July 10-12 , and unfortunately it crashed with other big events around the globe. This resulted in many of the big names like Fredric Aasbø, Mad Mike whiddett and vaughn gittin jr not attending this time. But hey, isn’t it cool to let all the other awesome drifters get their names out there ? With approximately 40.00 visitors this still wasn’t some small event. I spent the whole sunday trying to catch some of the Gatebil spirit. I hope I succeeded in giving you a small bit of this madness 😉

Here is David Skogsby covering Rudskogen in smoke!

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This “famous” BMW 2002, previously owned by the finish Smokehunter guys, has changed owner. It is now driven by Geir Rosmo. With this new livery, i think it still is one of Gatebil’s coolest looking rides!

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Old school Martini racing Escort.

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Leif Frykas has built one hell of a ride based on a Ford Anglia. But seriously, there isn’t much Anglia left, besides the cool and very characteristic look of the Anglia. Leif built this monster him self, and the suspension, brakes, drive line etc doesn’t resemble much of a stock Anglia 🙂 This car runs and corners like a freaking monster.

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This turbo charged Volvo B230 engine is bored up to 2500 ccm, and is one of the things making this car run like a rocket.

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Tor-Anders Ringnes entering warp speed!

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Pettersen Autoimport brought along this beautiful GT2, that made for some great shots.

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Dennis Häggblom in one of Europe’s only drifting Honda S2000.

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I’m not a Nissan guy by heart, but this Nismo 350Z Super GT, driven by Oskar Sandberg  (Owner: Radni Molhampours) in the Gatebil extreme competition, is something special. Although being really underpowered compared to it’s compettitors in the Extreme class, it really showed that power is not everything in racing!

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Well, back to what Gatebil is mainly about… High speeds, and ridiculous amounts of smoke! This RWD Fiesta is driven by Per Gustav Bråthen (Built by PSW enginering)

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The Danish Drift Team Overboost was back again this year with their turbocharged v8 Miata.

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Bekkevoll racing… Diesel power!

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Bil Baldwin was here this year also. He handles the checker flag like no one else, and was also in the “Breisladd” (Drifting) jury. He is as popular, if not more, than the drifters them self 🙂

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Of the total 80 competitors in the “Breisladden” competition, David Skogsby took home the 2’nd place.(Hans Hartvikøy 3’d)

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Robin Alsaker ticked all the boxes, and took 1’st place, making him the World champion in the Breisladd competition.

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Time to say goodby, and thanks for stopping by. I’m leaving you with 2 more shots. One of David Skogsby, and one from the Team Overboost camp! Cheers 😉

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The Carburetors @ John Dee 16.05.2015

Yet again I had the pleasure of shooting The Carburetors the night before the Norwegian national day! This time with the Norwegian Revolver Avenue and the German V8Wankers as support. Revolver Avenue really surprised me, playing some great songs with real confidence for such a “young” band (First EP released in 2011). Unfortunately for the support bands, the lighting was not in their favor for getting great shots. The best light is usually “saved” for the main band. The band members have no, or very little front light, and a bucket load of back lighting. So I decided to enjoy the music (And a cold beer), leaving me only with this one keeper of Nils Alex Rama Engeness from Revolver Avenue.
PS: All the pictures are clickable so you can see them in a higher resolution! (recommended)

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Usually I’m packed with photo equipment (Almost to the point of needing a Sherpa and pack donkeys). But this time I traveled light, only with a mirrorless camera (Fujifilm XT-1) and the new Fujinon 16-55 2.8 lens. And i must say I’m highly impressed with this combo. I didn’t know what to expect from this camera in these low light and fast-moving situation. But hey, this little camera really performs. Both the high ISO capabilities, and the focusing was really great. The focus off course is not on par with my Nikon D800, but it was more than sufficient. For those with photo interest, I placed the Exif data under all the shots, so you can see the shooting data. Everything was shot in full manual mode.

Next up was the V8Wankers. Their a band originating from Offenbach in Germany, and was formed back in 2000. The 15 years of experience as a band really shows, and like The Carburetors, they’re also a bunch of real crowd pleaser’s. I highly recommend to see them live if you get the opportunity. Remember to check out their new album “Harden the Fuck up’!!

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Luke le Duke

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I’ve waited in anticipation for a while to hear some of the new songs from The Carburetors. Well, the audience didn’t go empty-handed home. Check out the concert playlist!

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I’m so looking forward to the release of the new album (And maybe a spot in the photo pit at the release concert????)
The new songs I’ve heard so far sounds awesome!

Eddie Guz & Stian Krogh

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Kai Kidd is always a crowd pleaser!

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The master of drums, Chris Nitro!

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Kai Kidd – Double thirstquencher!

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That’s all for now, and thanks for the backstage whiskey and after-party!
(Almost felt like a rockstar myself when i woke up the next morning 😉 )

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The Carburetors @ John Dee 19.12.2014

Ain’t no better way to get in the proper Christmas mood than some Fast forward Rock’n roll.
December 19, The Carburetors performed their annual ”Christmas show” at John Dee.
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Starting off with the curtains pulled together with Jussi Bjørling singing “o helga natt” (O Holy Night), sets the mood before they start their well known intro with V8’s roaring, making your eardrums allmost burst!

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Packed with a 24-70 and a 200mm prime lens, I was there to shoot the show. But this time it was quite a challenge. There were a lot of people ready for getting in the Christmas mood, and the place was packed almost full. Of course great for the guys on stage, but a pain in the ass for me. John Dee being a fairly small venue, there aren’t any dedicated photo pits. Getting any clear view without arms and heads in the frame is challenging. In some shots it ads to the mood, but not in every shot.

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But despite the crowd, I feel I got a fair amount of decent shots. Especially when the lighting tech people were on my side, spreading some awesome light! (Thanks!)

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Kai Kidd had some great lights on him in several occasions, making him one of my favorite objects this evening. Of course his expressions and presence on stage makes him very photogenic. He always goes that extra mile pleasing the audience.

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Eddie Guz is of course also a real crowd pleaser. His voice is a big part of The Carburetors distinctive sound.

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You definitely need to know the “Rock on” sign when you’re at a Carburetors concert!

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The limited access I had too moving freely around, made it hard getting any shots of Chris Nitro. But here is on of the few I managed to get.

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Atle Steigedal joining Kai Kidd on stage for a one song jam.

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Never a real Carburetors concert without Kai smashing his guitar!

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Next time I’m shooting a concert, I really need a venue with a decent photo pit 🙂

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My last picture, and actually also my favorite picture from this show. Love the dim light and the atmosphere.

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Rome, shot with the Fujifilm XT-1

The saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” have a much stronger meaning after visiting in August 2014. The sight of the city, the buildings and the incredible decorations and carvings are just outstanding. No wonder why this city is on top of many people’s travel list.

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Before i bought the Fujifilm XT-1, I always brought my heavy DSLR with a bunch of lenses when traveling. But for this trip i choose to bring only my Fujifilm XT-1 with 3 prime lenses. The Fujinon XF14mm F2.8 R, Fujinon XF23mm F1.4 R and the Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R. These lenses have a full frame equivalent focal length of 21, 35 and 85 mm.

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I was still in doubt how I would cope without any zoom lens. My D800 with the 24-70 2.8 have been my workhorse combo on trips before (E.G New York) But aside from a couple of occasions changing back and forth betwheen lenses, my 23mm f.1,4 was the most used lens. The 35mm equivalent focal length is so versatile. In the following, I’ll try to give some tips and experiences from my trip. I have also attached the shooting data (Exif) to all the shots. All shots have been edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. If you haven’t read my mini-review of the XT-1 yet, you can check it out here: https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/fujifilm-xt-1-back-to-basics/.

Remember that you can click on the pictures to watch them in higher resolution!

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The city of Rome has so many sights what are worth seeing. But don’t forget to step inside if you see a random church on the street. Like this church on Via Del Corso. The outside looks fairly modest from the outside, but inside it’s size and decorations is breathtaking.

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We stayed at the Trevi Collection Hotel (Via Gregoriana 56), and I can highly recommend it. Located one block away from the Spanish steps, you have a great starting point seeing the city. Even great for a short pit stop at the Hotel during the day. As I stayed in August it was pretty hot. If you can come another time of the year, I recommend it. If there is no wind, 30C° and above is hot when you are not at the beach. The locals also have holydays in August, so be aware that some of the smaller local shops is closed.

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Unfortunately the fountain by the Spanish steps (Above) was under restoration. This picture is taken from the Spanish steps, looking down Via Condotti. The Via Condotti is where the high end (Read expensive) shops are located.

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Here is a shot from Via Condotti, looking up to the Spanish Steps.

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Other streets where shopping is in the focus is, Via Frattina, Via del Corso, Via Nazionale and on the other side of Tiber River (The big river running thru Rome, Called Tevere in Italian) is Via Cola di Rienzo. This street runs all the way up to the Vatican state.

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At the Vatican, i skipped entering Saint Peter Church. The lines was running all the way from the front door and in a half circle around the St. Peter’s Square. You can off course pay up and go with a guided tour, and then you can enter without waiting in the long line.

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But I went to the Vatican museum instead. I had online tickets bought ahead of going to Rome. And I’m glad i did. The line was ”miles long”. But with an online ticket, you have your own line, and I was inside in no more than 2 minutes 🙂

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The Vatican museum consists of to many things to list. But it contains an immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church. There are 54 galleries, and you also go thru the Sistine Chapel when taking the recommended route. The Sistine Chapel has its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo. I have no photos from it unfortunately, because it’s the only place where it’s not allowed to take photos. Remember to cover your knees and shoulders, or you won’t be allowed in the Sistine Chapel.

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You also get a great view of the city from the Vatican Museum

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The most photographed object in the Vatican museum has to be the Spiral stairs (Designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932)

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Here is a more unusual view from the bottom and up.

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One of the most known places in Rome has to be the Colosseum.

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Built in 70–80 B.C, it’s quite astonishing that there is still something left of this monster amphitheatre. It is estimated that it could hold as many as 50-80.000 people. The genius layout of sectors, levels and stairs meant that the Colosseum could be emptied with people in a couple of minutes. The construction is so effective that it is still used today with little change (see for instance football stadiums is structured in the same way as the Colusseum)

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Eating in Rome is of course high on the list. But to distinguish the real good Italian restaurants from the tourist traps can be difficult (Use Tripadviser). One advice, especially good on pizza/lunch is Osteria della Vite (Via della Vite 96-97).

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Another place I recommend is Sofie Ristorante (Via di Capo Le Case 51). It’s not only traditional Italian food served there. But stil highly recommended.

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Restaurant Antonio al Pantheon had good recommendations in Trivadviser, but I was honestly a bit disappointed.

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And don’t leave Rome without eating Gelato! (Italian style icecream)

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The Italians are also known for good beer J (Personaly I liked the piazza navona draft the best)

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One of the things I was most looking forward seing was the Trevi fountain. But unfortunately it was under renovation. (I think its under restauration for 18 months)

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Here is the Roman temple Phanteon, buildt in 126 B.C. Thinking of the manpower it had to take building this over 2000 years ago. Yet again the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” come to my mind.

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Here is the backside, showing the enormous dome.

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Piazza Navona is not a long walk from Phateon.

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Drinking fountains is found all over Rome, and yes you can drink it! (Saves you some Euro’s from the local guy trying to sell water on every corner)

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The Altar of the Fatherland or Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II is an impresive building.

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Measuring 135 m (443 ft) wide and 70 m (230 ft) high. If the quadrigae and winged victories on top are included, the height is 81 m (266 ft). You must see it to gasp the enormous size of this building.

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If you have never been to Italy before, you will be surprised how many variants of “police” they have. Polizia di Stato, Guardia di Finanza, Arma dei Carabinieri, Polizia Penitenziaria, Corpo Forestale dello Stato, Interforces, Provincial Police and Municipal Police (Probably there is even more ?)

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My last advice would be to only take official taxis. They are white, with a TAXI” sign on the roof and the Rome crest on the doors. Don’t say yes to any “special taxi offers” at the airport!

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My conclusion after using the XT-1 on holiday would be that my back and shoulder feels less sour. The handling of the camera is a joy as you probably read in my mini-review of the camera. The picture quality is in my opinion top notch.

The newly announced update to the XT-1, that fixes some  of my previously pointed out issues is also coming true. Did you read my blog Fujifilm? 🙂

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Some related blog posts to the Fuji XT-1 and 14, 23 and 56 mm fujinon lenses you can see here:

https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/fujifilm-xt-1-back-to-basics/

https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/international-workers-day-in-oslo-shot-with-the-fujinon-56mm-f1-2/

https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/tourist-in-my-hometown-oslo/

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Gatebil main event 2014

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Gatebil’s main event. The saga continues at it’s twentyfirst year, an event that has become on of the hotest international car festivals  on this side of the galaxy. Few other places has so many stars, crazy builds, and late night partying. This motor fest continues to attract major international stars of all varieties. This year, one of the coolest surprises (For me) was this chap.

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And no, he ain’t a big shot driver. It’s Bil Baldwin, also known as the bearded man of drifting. He was constantly around spreading joy, and bringing a smile on everyone’s face J. And when performing his checkered flag waving, he does it like no one else. Bil had taken the long trip from the vest coast, where he normally attends at the Long Beach Formula DRIFT events etc.

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Big names like Vaughn Gittin Jr.and our own Fredrik Aasbø attended this year also, obviously bringing more spectators. Porsche legend Magnus Walker also went across the pond, to see what all the fuzz was about. If you don’t know Magnus, you should start out by watching this video http://vimeo.com/44410797. And when speaking of Porsche’s, this is one personal favorite from this event.

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This vehicle is built by Swedish Elite Projects. It’s a 1,100kg, Porsche 918 inspired build, based on a Cayman, fitted with a 996 Turbo engine. Looks awesome if you ask me!

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Another guy who had a fair bit of traveling was Andy Grady from Scotland. His Subaru looks splendid 🙂

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As you can see from the first picture in this post, Rudskogen raceway finally got the bridge to the inner track ready. This means the spectators can come across on the “island” in the center of the track. This is a 110% improvement, as you now can see a much bigger potion of the track. Thumps up on that one. Looks like the spectators had a great time in the sun!

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But unfortunately this year’s main event wasn’t all sunshine. On the last day, Sunday, there was a big crash. I won’t comment any further on this case, but you can read about it on the official Gatebil webpage. Our thoughts go to the friends and families of those injured. Let us pray that everything turns out well. After the big crash the rest of the event was called off. This means that Taavi Toomara took First place in the Gatebil World Powerslide Championship 2014 (Based on the qualifying results).

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Did I mention that his BMW 2002 looks even better this year than last?

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One thing I didn’t expect when turning around after hearing a big V8 roaring behind me, wasn’t this Mazda Miata. Fitted with a turbocharged V8, the Danish ”Drift team Overboost” was showing some proper skills whipping around the track in this small ”hairdressers” monster.

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And Gatebil isn’t really Gatebil without Fredrik Sørlie. He was showing some amazing driving skills doing backward entries in to the sharp left turn after the main straight, doing 100 mph. That’s some great skills right there, in a ”stock 2JZ” Cressida.

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The pit area is packed with incredible builds. Turbocharged BMW V8 in a Volvo Amazon anyone?

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And classics like this M3.

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The Speedhunters team was busy replacing the straight six 2JZ engine in this Lancia Delta (”LaSupra”)

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Vaughn Gittin Jr.

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Movie bird Norway made some awesome video captures this weekend. And they didn’t let Vaughn Gittin Jr. Get away without some great slow motion on “tape”!

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When speaking about builds out of the ordinary. We have to bring up this Toyota Starlet.

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The build isn’t finished yet. But when placing one turbo engine in front, and then one in the rear of this little car, you are bound to get in trouble. That is if you’re not up to the task of handling this little monster. The driver of this car obviously didn’t have any problems handling it, as he was 4 wheel power sliding around every corner!

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Vidar Jødahl high speed drifting ”Angsten”

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What’s not to like in the body lines of this old Z model Datsun

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Drivers are constantly encouraged by the fans to run the wall. And quite a few bumpers and rear wings have gone to waste in that process.

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Fail Crew from Russia are becoming regular guests at the main Gatebil event.

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Tor-Andres Ringnes was having some engine trouble this weekend, but when everything was working good, he was rocking big time!

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Now if, just going to leave you with the rest of the shots to enjoy!

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Cheers, and remember to check out my automotive photography Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kkmfoto

Automotive & Motorsports archive – Merging my blogs

Dealing with 2 blogs is time consuming, and i have decided to merge my 2 blogs. All my automotive and motorsports shots will be posted in this blog from now on. (https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/)

You can find my older automotive stuff here:

http://kkmfotoblog.wordpress.com/

Here is some sample shots from the last seasons:

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Kill City Bandits at John Dee, May 16.

As i promised in my previous post from the carburetors concert, here are the shots from  Kill City Bandits at  John Dee!  The Kill City bandits had the opening act for The Carburetors, and they did an awesome job getting the crowd all pumped up and ready. Kill City Bandits is an up and coming band, highly praised by for instance Metal Hammer Norway. The band consists of  Paul Erik Vercouteren (Drums) , Freddie Brox (guitar), Ulrik Danneborg (Vocal), Biggs Furulund (guitar) and Jens Nero Nielsen (Bass).

Please click on the images to see them in higher resolution (recommended) 

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The lighting was really dim, and i had to push my ISO and shutter speed up to the limit of my comfort zone. But the contrasty and colorful lighting makes the shots “pop” allot more.

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What kind band is this, and what kind of music do they play? I’ll just quote Jens Nero from their official website 😉 

KILL CITY BANDITS is the rock n’ roll alternative to boring indie-rock bands, ugly looking metal bands and transparent Idol-plastic artists. Born on the streets of Oslo the five piece formed Kill City Bandits on the assumption that the world is in dire need of heroes. Not the clean-cut, glossy paper kind of mass consumption type of heroes – Kill City Bandits‘ heroes are dead serious, real and somewhat erratic. This approach to life shines through their creativity both in songs and live shows. But it also sets the context for more aspects of KCB, taking the rock and roll lifestyle back to it’s basics while facing the future with all guns blazing.  “-This is greater than all of us. Like an occult hex, KCB controls us more than we control it. It’s the best curse one could ever have!” says Jens Nero, founding member and bassplayer“.

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Jens Nero Nielsen (Bass)

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Biggs Furulund (guitar)

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Freddie Brox (guitar)

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Ulrik Danneborg (Vocal)

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Paul Erik Vercouteren (Drums)

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