Rally in the 100 Acre Wood (2014)

FY Racing Subaru

FY Racing Subaru. 18mm f/10 1/200 ISO400.

In February I attended the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Salem, Missouri. I’m a huge motorsports fan, but this year was the first year I was able to get to Salem for the annual Rally America rally down there. The rally was an absolute blast (and totally free to attend!). I brought my camera along and shot some of the action.

100 Acre Wood

Canon T2i + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS. 146mm f/5.0 1/1600 ISO800

If you consider yourself a fan of any kind of motorsport, do yourself a favor and get to a Rally America event. There is no other type of racing that lets fans get so close to the action. You sit just feet from the rally cars as they tear through the woods at 80+ MPH. We were so close that as the cars blew by I had to turn and use my body as a shield to protect my camera from the flying rocks and gravel kicked up by the cars. By the time I got home, my entire body was caked in a thick layer of dust.

Saab

’63 Saab 96 Classic Rally Car. 250mm f/5.6 1/800 ISO400

Rally racing is easily the gnarliest form of racing out there. Those guys have absolute nerves of steel to do what they do. It’s impossible to get a sense of just how fast they go and just how dangerous the courses are without seeing them first-hand.

And the best part about Rally America races? They’re totally free to attend!

Ken Block

Ken Block, the fan favorite/celebrity of Rally America. 18mm f/5.6 1/500 ISO400.

I shot all of the photos at this rally with my Canon T2i and the EF 18-55mm “kit” lens and the EF-S 55-250mm lens. You can see the full set of photos on Flickr.