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2008 Ebook


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If you're a frequent visitor to my site, you know that my opening page features a slide show of my favorite images from the most recent event. And, now the season is over, it is a rather large presentaion of some of my favorites from the year.

Realizing I needed to edit down my 2008 images to a reasonable size portfolio-like presentation, I have taken Thorsten's queque and created a free eBook that friends, clients and potential clients can download and save locally for future review.

You can download your copy of my free eBook by following this link. It is a PDF file and upon completion of the download process will launch in Adobe Acrobat and prompt a dialogue box asking permission to display the file in "full screen" mode. This will allow you to view each page at your own pace and enjoy the images in a full view on your computer screen.

Please note, you cannont edit, copy or print this file. It is simply a portable presentation for your personal enjoyment.

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2008 Ebook

  1. 1. 2008 THAWLE Y eBOOK
  2. 2. JoHn THAWLEY John Thawley maintains an archive filled with trackside photography from SCCA SPEED World Challenge, American LeMans, Grand American Series, Trans-Am and Champ Car. In 2003, Thawley was the official photographer for the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup. Thawley’s racing images have been featured in print for companies such as Acura, Cadillac, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Mazda, Raybesto, StopTech and in the pages of Autoweek, Autosport, USA Today, SportsCar, Vette and others. In addition to being a full-time motorsports photographer, John Thawley owns Creative Communications Group. Creative Communications Group is a company specializing in graphic design for print, web development and electronic online ap- plications. Clients include; Acura, American GT Challenge,, Autosport Development, BP, California Speedway, CompTire, Finlay Motorsports, Guy Cosmo Racing, Homestead Speedway, Intersport Racing, LG Motorsports, Mazda USA, Michigan Speedway, Mid-ohio Sports Car Course, Motor Publications, Penske Motorsports, Pontiac Racing, Randy Ruhlman Racing, Rocketsports Racing, Specter Werkes/Sports, Spirit of Daytona Racing, Stop Tech Brakes, The Detroit Lions, Turner Motorsport. In 2006, Thawley founded the Automotive Photographer’s network, a site for pho- tographers at both the enthusaist and professional levels featuring news, reviews, a professional member directory and community forum. Thawley travels extensively throughout the year shooting the full schedules of American Le Mans Series, SPEED World Challenge Series and select Grand-Am, IRL and ChampCar events. Photographs are available for promotional, commercial and Web site use. THAWLEY 1
  3. 3. 2 THAWLEY oLD SCHooL A vintage Camaro comes over the top of “Madness” at Mid-ohio during the Vintage Car Weekend. Canon 40D / Canon 500mm f/4.0 — 1/500 sec. @ f/5.6
  4. 4. THAWLEY FLYInG SCoTSMAn Alan Mcnish getting it done in turn 7 at Road Atlanta during the 2008 Petit Le Mans. Canon 40D / Canon 500mm f/4.0 — 1/320 sec. @ f/7.1 3
  5. 5. 4 RoAD RASH THAWLEY Side hack racing during the Vintage Bike Days at Mid-ohio Sports Car Course. This is a popular “couples” event. Canon 40D / Canon 500mm f/4.0 — 1/500 sec. @ f/4.5
  6. 6. DAVID BRABHAM Co-driver of the Patron Tequila / Highcroft Racing Acura LMP2 car in the American Le Mans Series Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/250 sec. @ f/5.6 THAWLEY 5
  7. 7. 6 THAWLEY FRoM THE BACk oF THE PACk Alan Mcnish celebrates a come from behind win at the 2008 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. Canon 40D / Canon 24mm-105mm f/4.0 — 1/250 sec. @ f/4
  8. 8. THAWLEY MonTEREY AT TWILIGHT The Tafel Racing Ferrari overlooking the Bay in Monterey as it readies to plunge into the famed Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/80 sec. @ f/2.8 7
  9. 9. 8 SkY SHoT THAWLEY The spectacular Mazda Lola coupe crests the hill from turn 6 heading into the famed Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Canon 40D / Canon 500mm f/4.0 — 1/500 sec. @ f/5.6
  10. 10. DARk PASSIon Wrenching away on a vintage bike, the rider helps prepare his mount for the Vin- tage Bike Days at Mid-ohio. The Mid-ohio garages, for me, are magical. Leica Digilux 3 / Leica 14mm - 50mm f/2.8 — 1/160 sec. @ f/3.3 THAWLEY 9
  11. 11. 10 THAWLEY nEVER qUIT Team Development Manager for Mazda, John Doonan stays focused as the Mazda Lola LMP2 car goes through its paces on track. Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/250 sec. @ f/3.5
  12. 12. THAWLEY STARInG AT DEFEAT A frustrated Ardrian Fernandez blocks the sun from his eyes as his crew desper- ately tries to restart his Lowes Acura LMP2 car during the closing moments of the Monterey Sportscar Championships. Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/250 sec. @ f/2.8 11
  13. 13. 12 FAnCY FooTWoRk THAWLEY Helio Castroneves pilots his Penske Racing Honda IRL car past the sold-out crowd viewing from the hillsides of Mid-ohio Sportscar Course. Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/200 sec. @ f/8
  14. 14. LInE DAnCE A gaggle of Grand Am Rolex Series cars splash their way down the back stretch druing their annual pilgrimage to Mid-ohio Sportscar Course. Canon 40D / Canon 500mm f/4.0 — 1/800 sec. @ f/6.3 THAWLEY 13
  15. 15. 14 THAWLEY ALonG THE BEACH Mazda pilot, Ben Devlin, shot from overhead at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/125 sec. @ f/9
  16. 16. THAWLEY RoLLInG BP Mazda Racing’s open cockpit Lola. Shot during a test session at Sebring. Canon 40D / Canon 16mm-35mm f/2.8 — 1/60 sec. @ f/22 15
  17. 17. 16 CHASE THAWLEY A line of AMA Superbikes make their way down the front straight trying to sort out the first lap at the Mid-ohio Sportscar Course. Canon 40D / Canon 500mm f/4.0 — 1/1000 sec. @ f/5.6
  18. 18. SPIES He wears number one for a reason. Ben Spies navigates his way through turn 11 on the back-side of Mid-ohio Sportscar Course. Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/500 sec. @ f/14 THAWLEY 17
  19. 19. 18 THAWLEY ACTIon HERo Richard Berry strikes an omnimous pose has he dismounts from the #37 Inter- sports Racing Lola LMP1 car. Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/250 sec. @ f/3.5
  20. 20. THAWLEY THUnDER In THE VALLEY Two Flying Lizard Porsche GT2 cars make their way from turn 6 uphill toward the corkscrew in a scenic section of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.. Canon 40D / Canon 24mm-105mm f/2.8 — 1/125 sec. @ f/11 19
  21. 21. 20 SEBRInG SUnRISE THAWLEY Ford GT captured at sunrise during the morning warm-up for the 2008 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/100 sec. @ f/5.6
  22. 22. ESCAPE FRoM CAnADA The Corvette Racing C6.R exits Canada Corner at historic Road America during the 2008 Generac 500. Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/15 sec. @ f/18 THAWLEY 21
  23. 23. 22 THAWLEY TAnGERInE DREAM Jon Field charges the #37 Intersports Racing Lola LMP1 car into the Corksrew has the sun sets over Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Canon 40D / Canon 70mm-200mm f/2.8 — 1/60 sec. @ f/4.5
  24. 24. JoHn THAWLEY John Thawley is available for contract work, event coverage, environmental por- trait and other photographic assignment. Fees are established on a case-by-case basis, day-rate and useage rights not withstanding. To find out more about John Thawley please visit: or If you are interested in purchasing use rights to photos that reside in John Thaw- ley’s archives or have a specific request, please contact us via the contact form at You can also read John Thawley’s blog at or join Automotive Photographers network at Images contained in this publicationl are the property of John Thawley and/or Creative Communications Group. Please note, rights granted through this online publication are for personal viewing only. They may not be duplicated or redistrib- uted in any form. Unauthorized use of these images is strictly forbidden. © 2008 John Thawley THAWLEY 23