In an effort to bring you, our readers, more worldly content, we’ve brought on Max Müller from Luxembourg. Nestled into the point where Belgium, France, and Germany meet, it’s insanely close to many of Europe’s world-class racing events. Mr. Müller has prepared a brief introduction so you guys can get to know what he’s all about!
First I would like to introduce myself, I’m Max Müller from Luxembourg. I’m 17 years old and I love sports, cars, and photography. I started to shoot races and rallies two years ago. Every time I’m out on the stages I try to improve.
2013 has been a very exciting year for me, as I was able to visit more rallies and races than ever before. I prepared a small review of my motorsportive 2013.
The first motorsport related event I attended this year has been a local car show in Luxembourg. This awesome Dodge Viper was probably my favorite car exhibited.
As I started to shoot races and rallies only two years ago I still have tons to learn, but I always try my best. Photography really pushes me further, I want to get better and reach the level of pros. Confucius said: By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. I think it’s very similar in photography.
Enough show, time for action! After the long winter break it’s always special to see and hear brutal racing machines. I can call myself very lucky to live only an hour away from the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Without question the race called Trophée des Fagnes has been very entertaining.
On the 13th of April I headed to the Nürburgring for the second round of the VLN championship. All the VLN rounds taking place before the 24 Hours race are used by the teams for testing and optimizing their cars’ performance. Even teams from the other side of the world, like Gazoo Racing or the STi team, took their cars out to the 24km-long Nürburgring.
And again I can call myself lucky to live only an hour and a half away from the Nürburgring.
Three weeks later I was finally able to shoot the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. These cars a really breathtaking, the pure power, speed, high-tech and sounds… It was probably the best race I have ever been to, it’s amazing to see LMP1 cars going flat-out around the 7km long Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
I have always admired the TS030 when I’ve seen it on TV, but when I first saw and heard it in real I felt in love with it.
The six hours went by fast, too fast! One thing is sure: I’ll come back!
Two weeks later I headed back to Germany, this time not for a VLN race, but for the legendary 24 Hours Nürburgring. This 24 Hours race is probably the most challenging endurance race in the world.
Eifel weather at its best! This is what makes the 24 Hours Nürburgring what it is. One hour after I took this shot the race was stopped and my DSLR broke down.
That’s commitment! Looks like it’s better to be concentrated while setting-up the Nissan GTR GT3 driven by Kazunori Yamauchi.
You have to “finish before you finish first” This SLS did both.
Sometimes it’s the livery that makes a car stand out from the mass. This V12 Vantage was driven by Pedro Lamy, Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke, and Allan Simonsen.
In June I attended the Rallye du Luxembourg, my first rally in 2013. The German Mark Wallenwein managed to win the tarmac rally in his Skoda Fabia S2000.
To make the weekend even better, my brother and I decided to go to the Nürburgring for another VLN race. The section ‘Schwalbenschwanz’ is a great place for photographers. You don’t need a media credential (I never had a media accreditation for any event).
On the 27th of July my family and I attended the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
At Spa-Francorchamps it’s way more difficult to get to good photo spots than it is at the Nürburgring, at least without accreditation. Shame on you FIA fence!
The stopping power of the GT3 cars seems to be endless.
On the same weekend as the 24 Hours race, I enjoyed the Eifel Rallye Festival in Daun, Germany. Over 150 historic rally cars hit the stages near the Nürburgring, especially the Group B machines are making the event such a success year after year.
For me the Eifel Rallye has been another highlight this year. The variety of cars is amazing, it’s like heaven for car enthusiasts.
It was also at the Eifel Rallye Festival where I met one of my idols, the SpeedHunter Jonathan Moore.
Jonathan and I headed out to the stages. It was very nice to chat with him about cars and photography.
This Peugeot 405 T16 Dakar never fails to amaze me. Erich Müller really did a fantastic job behind the wheel, driving his car like it should be driven.
I pretty much love all sorts of motorsport, but there is one that is different, more fun, more challenging and more fascinating than any other: rally
In August the WRC teams tested in Germany, and the tests gave me the perfect opportunity to also test my gear and practice for the upcoming WRC round.
The tests were very enjoyable. My brother and I had a lot of fun watching Mikko Hirvonen, Evgeny Novikov and Thierry Neuville driving all day long.
Having fun while photographing is probably one the most important things, if you don’t have fun behind the viewfinder you better stop taking photos and enjoy the race/rally in its purest form.
I am still going to school, thats why WRC Germany is the only rally I can really enjoy from the beginning to the end.
Thierry Neuville’s driving skills are really impressive. No wonder he’s now a well paid works driver.
Dani Sordo finally won a WRC round. I am happy for him, he really deserved it! I want to thank my good friend Sebastian for letting me overnight in his hired mobile-home. Sebastian has done a fantastic video:
The jump may looks nice, but sadly two people passed away after they lost control of their car and hit a tree at this jump. After my brother and I heard about the horrible crash, we decided to drive home.
On the last weekend of my summer break, my brother and I drove to Frankfurt, Germany, for the IAA. The IAA is the biggest motor show in Europe.
As we had never been to such a big motor show before, we were quite blown away by the amount of money automakers spend for the presentation of their cars.
Some weeks later I was once again out on the rally stages, this time in the east of Belgium. This Subaru WRC S10, driven by Kevin Princen is absolutely gorgeous. The rumbling flat four in combination with the blow off valve… Awesome! On the fourth stage I shared a spot with the legendary photographer Willy Weyens, who has attended every WRC rally since 1985.
I’m always happy when a Subaru WRC takes part in a rally, even better that two Subaru WRCs have been participating at the East Belgian Rally. But neither of them won, instead rally legend Patrick Snijers took victory in a Porsche 911 GT3.
On the 12th of October it was again time for the Ring. Schubert Racing introduced a modified version of the Z4 GT3, built to compete in the SP8 class.
The BMW Z4 GT3 is a real bavarian beast! The S65 V8 engine produces a nice and smooth sound. I love it!
On the 1st of November my father and I drove to the Rallye du Condroz-Huy. The rally traditionally marks the final round of the Belgian Rally Championship. About 10 World Rally Cars entered the competition, but the highlight of the 40th edition of this rally has been the participation of the nine-time rally champion Sébastien Loeb.
Sébastien won the rally together with his wife by over six minutes, in front of Xavier Bouche. More than impressive!
I want to thank Andrew Bohan and the whole Life Blasters team for giving me this opportunity. Even if I’m not the best writer, I hope some of you may have enjoyed my small year review.
I am already looking forward to get back to the stages and circuits in 2014 and share my experiences with you.
I wish everybody a Happy New Year,