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

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Ian Stehbens on June 3, 2009

Steven Shepheard rips up the soil as he accelerates his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 across the Derrier Creek flats before the ascent up Derrier Hill. Competing in the Australian Rally Championship event held on the Sunshine Coast in May 2009, he and his co-driver John McCarthy earnt themselves 30 points towards the national championships by finishing 8th in stage 1 and 9th in stage 2, position 8 overall.

The event is conducted in the Imbil State Forests. The course includes stages in the Millions Logging Area, in the Kandanga area from Kandanga Creek through Melawondi and over steep sections into Mitchell Creek and Butlers Corner, then another stage that includes Mt Borumba, Mt Travers, Derrier Hill and along Weston Creek and a stage in the forestry at Brooloo and Auracaria. Imbil Showgrounds becomes the operational base for the weekend event.

Ian Stehbens on June 3, 2009

So fast, the photographers are still looking in their view finders! The next rally car will follow in about 2 minutes!

Nick Weall on June 3, 2009

Yes I thought that the photographers had noticed something more attractive!! But speed has caught them out ~ great narrative Ian and a great image ~ Ciao nick

jeff_msn123 on June 3, 2009

Did you wear mask? Too dusty . :)

Great shot

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on June 4, 2009

Hi Jeff,

No mask was necessary for it went past fast too! Glad the males in the network are enjoying photos of fast cars.

And Nick,

Some gal was being brave or exhibiting a need for attention, perhaps?? You would have enjoyed all the photo-shooting opportunities of that day, from spiderwebs and foggy sunrises to historic trains, helicopters and 78 fast cars ripping up a diverse and challenging course. The home village was pretty well alive that weekend.

Warm regards,


jeff_msn123 on June 4, 2009


They are standing very close. No safety fence. They really trust the drivers in car races. :)


Ian Stehbens on June 5, 2009

This was a straight section with some tight S bends before it so the drivers are accelerating and are in control then, so it was a section where spectators were allowed to be close. Safety is given high priority by the event organizers. It was great for photographers, Jeff.

Kind regards,


Ntinos Lagos on June 5, 2009

Power..and speed...

Nice Ian..


Al Mahat (AZRA) on June 5, 2009

Superb photo. Well composed.

Greetings from Malaysia ... AZRA™

Ian Stehbens on June 5, 2009

There was plenty of that around that day, Ntinos. Thanks for sharing.


Ian Stehbens on June 5, 2009


You may well have opportunity to see some of these cars and drivers in Malaysia, for this was Round 2 of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship and one of the rounds is held in Malaysia later this year.

I appreciate your assessment of this image, for it was my first visit to such an event with the camera, so I felt a bit of a novice among the press photographers with their monster lenses. But I didn't see any images much better than mine, so I'll probably be enticed to try more of this speed and action event.

Warm greetings from Australia.


lyatavskiy on June 8, 2009

Nice photo! I like racing.

Greetings from Ukraine! Alex Lyatavskiy.

Ian Stehbens on June 10, 2009

Greetings Alex, from Brisbane. I am pleased that this moment appeals to you!! The drivers are most skilled!



ebi lutze on October 30, 2012

Hi Ian * from the group A1- Unique Australia *. Action pure, great capture, we all like Motor Sport. *L Regards Ebi

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