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2012 Recap: Eric Gearhart’s View Behind The Lens

2012 was a great year with a lot of events across the west coast. I got some great opportunities to shoot some amazing automotive events as well as meet some amazing people along the way.  This is a brief recap of the events I made it to in 2012, looking forward to an amazing 2013!

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March 6th: Made the trek down to Formula Drift Long Beach!  Great way to start the season.

March 15th: Decided to go AutoX with Bremerton Sports Car Club.  Work assignment = Photographer! Beats shagging cones!

March 23rd: Went out for SCCA AutoX in Bremerton.  450hp Miata? Yeah… it’s a little closer to not being a chick car.

May 4th: One of my favorite events, Oregon Trail Rally!

May 14th: A day at Dirt Fish Rally School with the Summit Rally Team!

May 20th: Griots Garage SVT Mustang show rain or rain, its Washington, the show goes on!

May 30th: I had to go check out Niagra Falls on my way to Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally

June 1st: STPR Rally in the woods of Pennsylvania!

June 24th: It was back to Washington for the yearly Mud Bog competition put on by Mudslingers4x4 down in Ethel, Washington!

June 29th: XGames Los Angles!  Okay I was here to see Greg do the double loop, but had to check out Global Rally Cross since they were in town.

June 30th: For those of you that didn’t catch it, Greg Trachy and Tanner Foust entered  the Guinness Book of World Records for not 1 but 2 drivers inverting their cars in an 18.2m loop!

July 20th: Formula Drift Monroe! My home track.  Attending since 2006, photographing since 2007!

Ryan Tuerck and Vaughn Gittin Jr. after their podium positions. This year’s Formula Drift Monroe was a points changer for a lot of drivers!

July 29th: BSCC AutoX.  Racing on the old Bremerton Runway leaves room to catch planes landing a few hundred yards away.

August 4th: NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.  There are no words to accurately describe standing 10 feet away from a 5000+ hp Top fuel Car.

August 8th: Just before Pikes Peak I got to hangout with Greg Trachy and Rhys Millen with his new Formula-Cross Car!

August 8th: Pikes Peak Hillclimb, Race to the Clouds.  Its something everyone has to see at least once in life.

August 9th: Devils Playground bright and early for practice on Pikes Peak.  The road opens at 3:00 a.m. racing starts when the sun comes up.

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Caught our favorite Stunt driver Greg Trachy racing up Pikes Peak on his Ducati Multistrada!

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One of my famous shots of Pikes Peak, the  Jeremy Foley and Yuri Kouznetsov’s crash!

August 15th: On the way home from Pikes Peak they were running Speedweek at Bonneville Salt Flats, of course I took the scenic detour to check it out!

September 1st: Only on the nice days do we see the exotics out in force in Washington.  This was a cruise-in meet to Griots Garage from Redmond Town Centers

September 2nd: My first attempt at model photography!  I asked the car to be there for moral support.

September 9th: LeMay Museum hosted the Kirkland Concours D’Elegance

September 22nd: World Touring Car Championship comes to the US!  At Sears Point a.k.a. Infinion a.k.a. Race Sonoma.

September 22nd: Auto GP Running at Sonoma the same weekend as WTCC.

September 23rd: My reason for being at WTCC, because Maserati! Greg Trachy co-drove with Patrick Dempsey in the Maserati Corse

September 29th: My buddy won free tickets to GRC Las Vegas.  Only catch we had to get there.  So I embarked on a 4 week 3500 mile journey.

September 29th: My first NASCAR Event… Okay Truck series, still a pretty awesome Spectacle.

October 6th: Subiefest Pomona California.  3000+ subarus at one location!

September 7th: 86 Fest, being a toyota lover I had to go check out the first annual 86Fest at AutoClub Speedway in Fontana CA

September 13th: Formula Drift Irwindale! The final battle in the House of Drift!

September 21st: Back in Washington at XXX Rootbeer for a Volkswagen Gathering

September 30th: Well it was a nice drive home for the week.  But it was just a turn around trip to come back to Vegas for SEMA and the final round of Global Rally Cross

September 30th: After-hour parties at SEMA… its not always about Bars, Beers, Boothbabes and Business… Sometimes the after hour parties have Burnouts and Hooning!

December 8th: What a way to wrap up the year and spend a birthday weekend.  25Hours of Thunderhill!  My first Endurance race! I will defiantly be going back in the future.

So there you have it a little bit about My Life @ Speed.  I met a lot of people on my adventures as well as saw and stayed with friends all across the country.  2012 was an amazing year, I hope to continues in 2013! Stay tuned for more of My Life!

Written by e.gearhart

e.gearhart

My two favorite hobbies cars and cameras has melded into a passion for automotive photography. Starting off photographing Rally in the Pacific Northwest has led me to many other styles of racing: mud bog, tough trucks, Redline Time Attack, AutoX and more. Anything with a motor and at speed is where I enjoy being.

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