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Focusing on Motorsports, Aviation, Special Olympics, and whatever else interests me...or you.

Contact Tom at f51gtphoto@f51gtracing.com.




My 2014 NASA Great Lakes/Midwest Regions Photo Schedule:

29-30 March Gateway Motorsports Park - Madison IL
06-08 June - Mid-Ohio - Lexington OH
19-20 July - Pittsburgh International - Wampum PA
01-03 August - Road America - Elkhart Lake WI
06-07 September - Autobahn - Joliet IL
03-05 October - Mid-Ohio - Lexington OH

“Black Tiger at LeMans” – “Ford GT Beats Ferrari at LeMans” – “Donahue and Jones, Camaro and Mustang Dual in Trans-Am” – The book and headlines that stamped a permanent mark on the impressionable consciousness of a northern Indiana youth, opening my eyes to the challenge and excitement of roadracing and made me a fan for life. Many years later, after seeing an ad for the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) first annual National Championships at Mid-Ohio, I grabbed the camera gear and headed for that classic asphalt ribbon in the beautiful rolling hills of north central Ohio and discovered the fun, friendship and spirited competition of grassroots roadracing. 2014 is my eighth season of shooting NASA events, a grassroots photographer documenting the season for grassroots racers.

Spending time around fast cars is a natural complement to my professional vocation as an aerospace engineer and Air National Guard member where I’ve developed, built and supported fast combat jets. My trusty Argus and Canon 35mm cameras have been shooting race cars, airplanes, the Great Lakes and great American family vacations for over 4 decades. Retiring from the Ohio Air National Guard granted some additional freedom in recent years and, along with entering the digital photo age, I’ve narrowed the aim of my photography with the goal of documenting grassroots roadracing, historic warbird aircraft, and the heart-warming world of Special Olympians. And, I try to grab a few other action sports along the way.

My goal in motorsports photography is to capture the speed, drama, fun, and fellowship of the sport in order to document and preserve the experience for competitors and their teams and families. I’ve been helped along the way by very generous coaching from some incredibly gifted shooters who continually challenge me to improve my skills. My thanks to them is to offer you the best photo coverage I can deliver. Let me know your needs and desires and I’ll do my very best to provide.


Individual photos can be purchased from this SmugMug site using the "Buy" button. Contact me via email (above) if you have special requests.

License info: Images for sale in my galleries are intended primarily for personal/non-commercial use. If you have a need to use any of my images for commercial purposes, send me an email and we'll talk.

Thanks for looking at my work and for your comments. If you decide to purchase any of my work, I'll consider it an honor and a compliment.

NOTE Regarding my action photography: I generally don’t shoot “safe” or “low risk” shots at high shutter speeds like many “track day” photographers. I tend to hang out more on the ragged edge shooting at lower shutter speeds to enhance the sense of speed and excitement, which is the whole point action sports. I don’t post every shot I take on my SmugMug site. I only load additional photos upon specific requests from competitors, teams, and families because I only select the good shots and then post-process each individually to be sure it’s the highest quality I can provide. Hence, my process takes a bit longer, but hopefully provides action photography that is appreciated.

Gallery Categories

2014 NASA Great Lakes & Midwest Region Racing

45 galleries with 3778 photos

Updated: Oct 01, 2014 10:06pm EDT

NASA Great Lakes-Midwest Team Galleries

467 galleries with 10105 photos

Updated: Sep 30, 2014 11:14pm EDT

2013 NASA Great Lakes & Midwest Region Racing

28 galleries with 1548 photos

Updated: Mar 26, 2014 11:20pm EDT

Cedarville University Basketball

6 galleries with 215 photos

Updated: Mar 01, 2014 10:45pm EDT

GHS Sports

158 galleries with 12736 photos

Updated: Sep 30, 2014 9:30pm EDT

294th Field Artillery Observation Battalion (World War II)

2 galleries with 65 photos

Updated: Jan 01, 2013 10:40pm EDT

2012 NASA 7th Annual National Championships

12 galleries with 503 photos

Updated: Mar 23, 2014 9:42pm EDT

Portfolios

1 gallery with 23 photos

Updated: Mar 11, 2010 9:01pm EDT

2012 NASA Great Lakes Region

7 galleries with 470 photos

Updated: Sep 14, 2012 9:27pm EDT

2012 NASA Midwest Region

9 galleries with 642 photos

Updated: Dec 13, 2012 10:09pm EDT

2012 NASA Great Lakes/Midwest Crossover Events

7 galleries with 575 photos

Updated: Jan 07, 2013 9:40pm EDT

2011 NASA Great Lakes/Midwest Crossover Events

10 galleries with 577 photos

Updated: Feb 04, 2012 10:56pm EDT

2011 NASA Great Lakes Region

27 galleries with 1051 photos

Updated: Sep 06, 2011 8:28pm EDT

2011 NASA Midwest Region

4 galleries with 282 photos

Updated: Oct 02, 2011 5:11pm EDT

2010 NASA Great Lakes Region

49 galleries with 1589 photos

Updated: Dec 15, 2010 1:23am EDT

2010 NASA Midwest Region

36 galleries with 1853 photos

Updated: Sep 21, 2010 2:12am EDT

2010 NASA MIdwest/Great Lakes Crossover Events

19 galleries with 1450 photos

Updated: May 18, 2011 11:56pm EDT

NASA Great Lakes Region 2009

9 galleries with 360 photos

Updated: Jan 07, 2010 9:55pm EDT

Client & Proof Galleries

11 galleries with 227 photos

Updated: Dec 20, 2009 2:36pm EDT

NASA Great Lakes Region 2008

1 gallery with 8 photos

Updated: Apr 28, 2011 10:47pm EDT

ALMS, IRL, Speed World Challenge, Cooper Atlantic

1 gallery with 8 photos

Updated: Sep 27, 2009 6:57pm EDT

Rolex Grand-Am, Koni Challenge, Mustang Challenge

2 galleries with 11 photos

Updated: Sep 27, 2009 6:55pm EDT

Volleyball

4 galleries with 1861 photos

Updated: Oct 11, 2009 12:41pm EDT

SCCA

3 galleries with 9 photos

Updated: Jun 08, 2009 10:35pm EDT

Motorcycle Racing

1 gallery with 19 photos

Updated: Sep 01, 2008 12:12am EDT

Special Olympics

1 gallery with 66 photos

Updated: Mar 11, 2010 11:24pm EDT

Horses

1 gallery with 8 photos

Updated: Apr 10, 2009 11:25pm EDT

Motorcyle Track Days

1 gallery with 6 photos

Updated: Sep 03, 2008 12:32am EDT

Cars

1 gallery with 6 photos

Updated: Sep 25, 2008 10:38pm EDT

About F-51GT

1 gallery with 2 photos

Updated: Mar 27, 2010 10:42pm EDT