I’m not a big fan of motor-racing. When I lived in Melbourne, the whine of engines – even from several kilometres away – was a constant feature of this weekend each year, as the city revved up for the annual Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Albert Park, where it is held, was not far from where I lived.
The Australian Grand Prix is the first round of the Formula One World Championship, and motor racing is big business. For some people, the glamorous major events are not-to-be-missed; after all, it’s all about much more than fast cars. There are concerts and entertainment, corporate boxes to be seen in, fashion and fun.
More than 300,000 people attend the Grand Prix in Melbourne. I’d rather be somewhere quieter. Like at the beach. And that thought made me remember this wonderful image, by Gold Coast photographer Tommy Campion, taken for another big motor race – the Gold Coast Indy – in the early 1990s. Tommy says the body-painting took almost a whole day, and the patient model then stood for hours waiting for the paint to dry.