I shot a series of engine rebuild videos for Tombo Racing. For each video I used multiple cameras – up to three – plus external audio, set lighting, and some computer graphics. In this video Tommy Bolton talks about how they do a 5 angle valve job for a racing motor.
I met Marcus at Tommy Bolton’s Tombo Racing shop in Oklahoma City. He doesn’t ride all that much but is a fitness instructor and helps the racers stay on top of their nutrition and fitness programs. I was shooting portraits and he likes the camera, so volunteered to stand for a portrait in front of Glen Nickleberry’s Funnybike. Marcus is a funny guy and loves to talk a bit of smack, which is all in good fun and can be hilarious.
I shot this with my Toyo VX-125 with a Rodenstock 150 F5.6 lens on Ilford HP5 film.
Light leak. And horrible lighting for motorcycle photography. That is what this image says to me. I shot this at the Tombo Racing shop in Oklahoma City along with several other photos from that day. This is Kermit Lottie’s Pro Mod drag racing motorcycle painted up into an OKC Thunder scheme. But as you can tell, I had a light leak on the right side of the picture – probably I partially opened the dark slide. Gotta watch that. Also, the overhead fluorescent light left an ugly strip right down the center of the Tombo Racing logo. Normally in studio would make sure this didn’t happen, but when just grabbing a shot while the bike was on the stand in the race shop, I get what I can get.
Jimmy Cook is an apprentice at Tombo Racing, helping Tommy Bolton build world class drag racing motorcycles. Jimmy started working for Tommy about 2 years ago and now helps out as crew chief on several of the race bikes. I was in the shop while Jimmy was using a cutting torch on a piece of metal. I set up my Toyo 45A with a Rodenstock 150 mm lens to capture this shot.
My old man advice to Jimmy? Use some eye protection!
Yesterday we saw Adrian Lottie with his Pro Comp drag racing motorcycle. Today I have a picture of Glen Nickleberry’s Funnybike drag racing motorcycle. This bike has run in the 6.7 range at 218 mph in the quarter mile at the drag strip and has won numerous drag racing championships. I have photographed Nick several times in the past on this motorcycle. Today I was at the Tombo Racing shop and saw the bike there undergoing the normal between races tuneup and overhaul. For this shot I used my Toyo VX-125 and swung the front standard so that I could keep the entire length of the motorcycle in focus even when using a fairly wide open aperture.