2009 Asia-Pacific Rally Championships, Imbil, Sunshine Coast, Australia

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Ian Stehbens on June 3, 2009

Justin Dowell throws up the gravel as he does a hard right after descending Mt Travers. Accelerating across Derrier Flat, he is on his way to 4th placing in the Australian Rally Championship Round held at Imbil, May 9-10, 2009.

Australian Rally Championship, Queensland Rally Championship and Asia-Pacific Rally Championship Round 2 are held simultaneously on the Sunshine Coast. The course is in Imbil State Forests with a series of different terrains that include Mt Travers, Mt Borumba, Millions Logging Area, Melawondi to Mitchell Creek climing over Mt Grainger spurs, and a Brooloo-Aurucaria section.

In their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, Dowell and co-driver Matt Lee came in 4th in both stages earning 52 points towards their Australian Championship ranking.

gezginruh on June 3, 2009

Speedy red car! :) Friendly greetings. Füsun K.

Ian Stehbens on June 3, 2009

Hello Fü,

It was early that morning that I went out to photograph the fog in the dawning light, then returned home for breakfast. Then this major race, which happens once per year commenced at 10am, so by lunch time I was in a very different mood with my camera. First the world was serene and gentle, next it was revving and excitedly roaring through the forests chasing all the fairies away.

But this red car, in another life was a big red pomegranate, and now it dropped into fairy land with the roar of an engine, and the precision of a scalpel. The wisps of the morning were gone, but they returned two days later, when all the revved up engines had driven out of town. Some were a little crumpled, but what does one expect when they just drop into the serenity from another world.

I loved the serenity, and I loved the revved up machinery.


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 3, 2009

Excellent action shot Ian I can only imagine the thrill from all that adrenalin rush as these guys put these incredible machines through their paces.

I enjoyed your take on the event, the assault on serenity comes across loudly!!!

Cheers Ian ;>)


jeff_msn123 on June 3, 2009

Great shot of car race.

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on June 4, 2009

Welcome to my hometown again, Jim. It was the day for the Mary Valley Historical Railway to run the "Rattler" full of tourists including many children. (But I didn't see Sue with her camera.) So with Car Rally over two days, the Rattler and the Country Markets and Mothers Day coinciding, Imbil was a busy little village, I must say. But serenity has its way, from time to time, and it returned.

And Jeff, I was pleased that I caught this car, one wheel off the ground and throwing itself into its very sharp 140 degree turn - on a very uneven and counter camber.

Cheers Jim and Jeff,


TV Al-Islah on June 5, 2009

Good shot! Impressive.

Greetings from Malaysia ... AZRA™

Ian Stehbens on June 5, 2009

Thanks very much for the encouragement, AZRA.


Ian Stehbens on June 6, 2009

Surprise, surprise. But Craig, there is a gender bias in the responses too. I will have to upload some floral macros to balance the folio don't you think? I thought that this comment implied that you didn't know me very well, but then I read your next one about me going down the road to pick up some milk, and thus you must know me too well!!!

Ian - be home in Q on Tuesday.

loefix on June 13, 2009

Good motorsport shot! I didn't see so many pictures like this here in Panoramio! loefix

Ian Stehbens on June 13, 2009

Hi Loefix,

You are right, for Panoramio was initially a landscape photography site. But I think I helped to encourage others to produce many macro images such as those of flowers, and they have prospered on the site. Perhaps some of the men may enjoy adding images such as these. These are my first car rally images.

Thanks for your feedback.


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