The biggest drift event of the year is with out a doubt the weekend Formula D rolls into town. The event consist of Formula D Canada RD3 and Formula D ( US ) RD5 and it all goes down at the Canadian House, Autodrome St-Eustache. To make things even more insteresting, Marc was competing in both FD and FDC events!
On the Thursday all the teams rolled in to set up and for practice sessions.
The original plan was for Marc to run FD Canada with his V8 S14 and run FD US with his 2JZ S14 but after some damage suffered to the V8 car at a DMCC event the weekend before the decision was made to run both series with the 2JZ car.
With the pit area set up and drivers meeting completed it was time to head out and burn some tires for the first practice session of the day.
Even tho it had been 8 months since Marc drove his 2JZ car and to add to the fact that the car only got finishing fine tuning its engine and suspension the day before, Marc was looking strong right off the bat.
Marc even has some great practice runs with a certain mustang pilote.
Friday: Qualification day for both FD Can and FD US.
Saturday: Event day!
FORMULA D CANADA Top 16
FD US Top 32
Marc would like to thank all his sponsors who with out this would not be possible:
Advanced Clutch Technologies
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Finally it was time for the start of the 2017 Formula Drift Canada season. To spice things up it was going to be a double header event so RD 1 was taking place on Saturday and RD2 on the Sunday and it was all going down at Autodrome MontMagny that is just outside of Quebec City..
But it didn't take him long to have the track down and was putting down some solid runs.
Next up Marc was facing Tom Tom.. Coming into the first zone contact was made yet again. Marcs wheel was badly damaged and caused his tire to come off the bead. Marc was able to power through it and finish off his lead run. Sadly Tom Tom's car got damaged enough that even after a 5 min his team was not able to repair the car. Marc moves on to the final battle of the night.
Battling for the first place on the podium Marc was going against Troy Maners in his 1JZ S13.
It was an epic battle! Marc put down a great lead run but Troy also had a good chase. On Marcs chase run he put the pressure on. Troy went wide going into the infield and touched the outer wall. He was able to save the car from disaster but caused him to spin.
Marc takes home the win at Formula Drift Canada RD1 !!! And after all that we still have RD2 tomorrow!
And with that Marc Landreville takes home his second win of the weekend and of FDC RD2.
Next event will be a big one! Marc will be running with the FD Pro's in his 2JZ car but also competing in FDC RD3 with his V8 car... Going to be a hard core weekend running two events at once.
Marc could not make this happen with out all of his great sponsors;
Advanced Clutch Technologies
Turbo by Garett
Remorquage ss plus
Mt custom light
Nick b média
The MTL Auto show is always a fun event to cover.
Its also always fun because I get to see media friends that I havent seen since fall.
The Performance Zone this year was pretty impressive this year!
Overall I enjoyed my time at the show! It was actually the first time in years that I attended the show pretty much for myself. I was supposed to be shooting it for a client but due to budget restraints it did not pan out...oh well!
With the addition of my D500 I wanted to pick up a vertical grip for it.
I ended up going with the Meike brand Grip. As much as I would of liked to get a Nikon one they are way to expensive for just a grip. On my old D300/D700 the Nikon Grip would increase your FPS when using either AA batteries or the D3 batterie. But since on the D500 you dont get any extra benefits I did not see the real need to spend the extra money.
The rally cross events have been going on for years at Autodrome St-Eustache. It is probably one of the oldest events I have been constantly covering over the years.
These events take place over the course of a weekend and is pretty much a rally training event on the Saturday and on the Sunday it is the Rally Cross/Time Attack day.
Back when I first started shooting these events, they had 3 different dates during the winter but now they only come to ASE once a year so I always make sure not to miss it.
Even tho it is not a true rally it still lets me get my rally fix. The competitors have a twisty layout to follow around the track. This year we got lucky and had some snow on the ground but I have shot it a few times when they were driving on dry pavement.. Still fun but not as exciting to shoot.
Most of the people competing are using somewhat normal street cars. It is still a ton of fun to see them rip around in the snow.
A few purpose built rally cars do come out aswell and they are always a blast to see in person.
One of my media buddies was also competing in the event. He actually films for one of my favortie YouTube shows "Launch Control"
As always I had a great time shooting the event and I am glad I brought out my snow shoes! You can check out the full gallery here : Rally X
Too go along with two other of my latest gear posts I ordered a few goodies from B and H!
I have something else coming in the mail too! hopefully I get it before this weekends event!
This year marked the first year for the QueBash event!
Quebash was a great event. It was fun to be able to shoot different parts of the Montmagny track that I dont usually get to do when shooting other events here.
Like most photographers, I love gear! I do have a lot of it from computer stuff to having lots ( and lots ) of camera bags. My office started getting pretty cluttered and disorganized with stuff after a full season of shooting. I had gear and bags everywhere and the back of my computer looked like a rats nest so I decided to take the time and organize everything!
First step was to organize all the plugs and wires for my computer/harddrives and other chargers.
Used a piece of ply wood and zip tied it to my desk and then mounted both my power bars to it.
Last step in my organization process was to get my all my camera bags set up. Yes I am a bag whore! I do use every one tho depending on what type of shoot I have and now they are properly placed instead of just sitting on the floor!
JAG : ): )
The Enduro races at Autodrome St-Eustache are always fun to shoot.. For those who dont know an Enduro race is an event for "beater" cars to race around on the oval for a set amount of time or laps and pretty much who ever can survive and complete the most amount of laps wins.
Most of the cameras I own are many years old and getting up there in the shutter count. My D700 is basically due to pop at any time!
My newest camera is the D750 and its awesome but I have had to send it off 3 times to Nikon for repairs so I decided it was time to get a new camera body. I was planning on waiting until the start of next season to buy one but in order to keep my NPS status I needed to get a newer camera since 3 of mine no longer qualify and I got a sweet Black Friday deal.
Here she is! I got a new Nikon D500!! This camera is sorta ground breaking. It is what the D750 should of been as in a Mini D5/D5. Its built like a tank, has the AF of the D5. PC sync ports. 10 FPS and what makes it so crazy is its NOT full frame! The whole not full frame thing has some people questioning the camera since a lot of people just think Full Frame is better.. But as technology improves so does the quality of Crop sensors. I will do a full review of the new camera soon but I can say that at high ISO compared to my D750 ( a high ISO king ) that side by side it is very hard to tell the difference in files..
The So Clean events are always a fun times. They turn the usual weekly drag events that take place at the Autodrome St-Eustache into a cool mini car show! with a little more emphasis on the show n shyne then on the drag racing.
Check the rest of the pics below.. Just some of my favorites from the event.
My original goal was to blog about every event I shot but I ended up getting back logged ( Plus was planning a wedding ) and the blogs never got done.. Now in the off season I have the time to start doing my season recaps and no better place to do them then on my blog!
So to kick things off with SCP Revolution. Back when I first started getting into photographing cars the SCP show was THE show to go every year. After many years the SCP shows stopped but this year it was time for the return of the show! The new indoor/outdoor venue of the event made it interesting to shoot and for a first year back I think the show was great! I was part of the official media team for SCP and here are just a few of my favorite random photos from the weekend.
The most memorable part of the event was during the awards ceremony. One of the big awards called the Cup de Quebec was around back when indoor shows were popular and it was an award giving out to the car that accumulated the most amount of points during the show season. With the show scene not being the same as it used to the SCP organizers decided to change what the trophy was about, First part and most important was they changed the name from the Cup de Quebec to the Jimmy Rotondo award. Jimmy was a good friend ( Team OD Member ) and just a great guy that was also very involved in the car scene. He sadly passed away this year and hearing them announce the award in his honour was really touching!
With the happiness of hearing that the award was not dedicated to Jimmy the founder of SCP Ben Woo explained that now the award would be going to somebody in the local car scene that has had an impact or has helped grow the community in some way or an other. He then went on with a little speech about who the first ever winner of the Jimmy Rotondo award was going to be.... And to my surpirse it was!
Meee! lol I was super honoured to not only receive the award but have it presented to me by Jimmy's girl friend Marie Chantal. It was an awesome an unexpected way to finish off the return of the SCP show!
PS: Thanks to Nic from QNR.ca for the photos of me.
I sorta forgot to post about this but since it was a great event I still wanted to write a little something!
It really was a great way to kick off the season !
For the complete gallery be sure to check it out on Montrealracing
My 2016 event season officially started last night with Autodrome St-Eustache kicking off the Drags De Rue season with a season Pre Opener event. Despite it being pretty cold out a tons of people showed up, actually more then most people thought ( including the owners ).
With it finally starting to get nice out one of my long time clients Toyz AutoArt contacted me to come over to the shop and shoot some of the new rides he has been working on. Most of the shoots I do for Toyz are just quicky ones. We find a nice enough location close by the shop to snap a few shots that will be good for social media.
First up was this bad ass G63 AMG with all Brabus goodies on it..
We then took his brand new custom gold painted Aventador SV Convertible out to shoot some rollers. Ill be doing a more intense shoot with this car once he gets his new wheels in for it.
Last by not least was this 458 Aperta! Ive actually shot this car before but now it has a nice new set of red HRE wheels to match its red interior.
I also did some fast photos of this amazing 911 RS and a GLE 63 AMG inside the shop for sale purposes.
I always love shooting the cars Toyz Autoart has and with the warm weather soon here I cant wait to shoot more!.