Best of Bohan 2015

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Benicia, California: Another year, another tally mark on the wall of life. In many ways, 2014 had been the worst year of my life, so I was happy when January 1st, 2015 came around. I was nearing the end of my 1980 CB650 build, and on a rainy January night I rolled it outside in a running condition for the first time.

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Union City, California: There’s a horse ranch down the road from my house, and every once in a while the horses line up on the ridge.

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Multnomah Falls, Oregon: I see a lot of photos shot from the bottom, but I’ve never seen one from the top looking back down at the parking lot.

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Hayward, California: Katharine loves balloons, so on her second birthday she got a handful of them.

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San Francisco, California: After drinks with the guys, we stepped outside and found a trumpeter entertaining anyone who’d stop and listen.

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Long Beach, California: Fredric Aasbø debuted his new Rockstar sponsorship at Round 1 of Formula Drift.

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Tanner Foust returned to the series as well, though only for three rounds.

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The first round of the season had no shortage of carnage.

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A week later, IMSA came to town and this would be the last season for the Falken Porsche program.

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Scott Pruett waited patiently in the paddock for the gates to open up so he could head to the grid.

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Luca Filippi prepared for his own race, the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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The top of the Hyatt is an infrequently used vantage point.

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Having shot ten events at Long Beach, I started experimenting with different techniques to keep the variety up.

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Scott Dixon ended up winning the race.

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Monterey, California: I started shooting at Laguna Seca a lot more this year, and IMSA was first on the schedule.

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It must be a great feeling to win at such an iconic racetrack.

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Lake Hartwell, South Carolina: In my quest to visit all 50 states, I made a quick trip across the Savannah River between days of FD Atlanta. For all the negative stereotypes about the South, it sure delivers in the Nature category.

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Braselton, Georgia: Back at the track, Mad Mike Whiddett debuted his RadBul four-rotor MX-5 in his return to FD.

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We didn’t know it at the time, but fire would be a frequent feature of Formula Drift this season.

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Orlando, Florida: There were no media areas at Orlando Speed World, so photographers had to compete with spectators for photo opportunities.

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Rain would also be a major feature of 2015 for me.

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Did I mention fire?

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Medford, Oregon: Mounting cameras on cars is always fun, especially at grassroots bashes like Bash to the Future.


New York, New York: The new World Trade Center is nearly completed and the memorials in the plaza where the old twin towers once stood are a constant reminder of the tragedy.

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The statue of Liberty, as seen from the Staten Island Ferry.

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Wall, New Jersey: Chris Forsberg always puts on an impressive show.

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Ken Gushi was making his own run at the Championship this year.

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Killea, Ireland: I tracked down the graveyard where my great grandfather’s great-great grandfather is buried.

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This is his grave. John Bohan, 1757-1828. He was the last of my line to die in Ireland.

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Dublin, Ireland: The General Post Office, undergoing repairs for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

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Sally Gap, Ireland: I never imagined a sunset over boggy hills could be so great.

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: A watchtower, a bird, and some clouds. What more do you need?

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The cliffs themselves are stunning, towering some 120 meters over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Naas, Ireland: I went to Mondello Park to check out Round 3 of the Irish Drifting Championship. Team JapSpeed had a strong presence.

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Irish drifting is pretty much on par with the US, as Brian Egan demonstrated with his crashy wall ride.

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Luke Fink came from Australia to battle 15 year old Jack Shanahan, but Jack was victorious.

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Jack was finally defeated in the final battle by another 15 year old, Tomás Kiely.

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Dunkirk, France: I hitched a ride on the Monster Engergy bus with some athletes, media guys, and administrative guys. After getting out of the Chunnel we stopped to stretch out.


Hamburg, Germany: A night out in St. Pauli provided ample interesting people and architecture.

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Malmo, Sweden: The Monster Energy bus stopped to let Harry and Leebo ride at a skatepark.

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Rakkestad, Norway: I was halfway around the world and still managed to run into friends.

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The crowd that gathered for Gatebil’s July festival was absolutely insane.

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The drivers were crazier though.

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After the second day at the track, there was a party out in the woods with a fully equipped concert stage. I never thought I would see something like that.

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The crowd loved it, and most of them were camping just a few minutes’ walk away.

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Rudskogen Motorsenter is a world-class racing facility and also Norway’s oldest. I can’t wait to go back.

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Vevang, Norway: Out on the coast is the Atlantic Ocean Road with its famous Storseisundet Bridge.

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Looking out over the Atlantic Ocean from the bridge, I saw a midnight sunset.


Pakistan: On the flight between Dubai and Tokyo I got a view of the Hindu Kush, mountains that have been important throughout history, from Alexander the Great to the Cold War.

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Kamakura, Japan: This cultural capital is full of temples, shrines, and, of course, the famous Daibutsu of Amida Buddha.


Tokyo, Japan: The riverfront district of Asakusa is home to many temples as well, including Senso-ji.

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Yokohama, Japan: On a random Friday night, I managed to spot a couple GT-Rs at Daikoku, mixed in with a few other cars.

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Tokyo, Japan: After Daikoku, my friend Nao took me to Odaiba for the sunrise, and it was amazing.

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It was one of the best sunrises I’d ever seen, and seeing it in the Land of the Rising Sun made it that much better.

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Oishi, Japan: Looking across Lake Kawaguchi, Mt. Fuji presented itself with a lenticular hat.

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Kawaguchi, Japan: After lunch I spotted Naoki Mori’s show-winning Bat Man Car. Vanning is by far the most outlandish show car style and it was a real treat to have randomly found one this well-known.

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Monroe, Washington: Sometimes accidental photos turn out alright.

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Chilhowee, Tennesee: The Tail of the Dragon provides ample Appalacian views.

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Fort Worth, Texas: Fredric Aasbø demonstrated how clouds are made.

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This was the heartbreaking moment Odi Bakchis lost his chance at the FD Championship.

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Sonoma, California: In the last Indy race of the year, the teams were trying to finish strong.

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It was Scott Dixon who won the race and the Championship.

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Devil’s Slide, California: Erosion hasn’t destroyed this World War II bunker quite yet.

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San Francisco, California: The sunset from Sutro Baths is classic, if not done to death, but it’s for a good reason.

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Monterey, California: Back at Laguna Seca for Rennsport Reunion. The Gulf Porsche 917s are one of my all-time favorite race cars, and seeing three of them on track together is incredibly rare. This is also my all-time most stolen photo.

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Huntington Beach, California: I hadn’t shot surfing in a while, so it seemed like a good idea.

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Irwindale, California: After just one battle, Fredric Aasbø wrapped up his first Formula Drift Championship. He was the happiest guy in the world at that moment.

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Daigo Saito had won at Irwindale the last three years in a row, but he fell to the Norwegian Hammer this time.

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Aasbø went on to win the round too, after defeating his Scion Racing teammate Ken Gushi in the final battle.

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Berkeley, California: The old Bay Bridge is almost gone, and the new towers in Soma have really changed the San Francisco skyline.

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San Francisco, California: Alcatraz is no place I’d want to call home.

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Yosemite, California: Halloween in Yosemite is spooky, but the crisp air lets the starlight through better. It also keeps the crowds away.

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San Francisco, California: I think I’ll start shooting surfing more often.

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Willows, California: The 25 Hours of Thunderhill provides plenty of opportunities for unorthodox photography.

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For the first time since I started shooting this race, it rained.

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…And the rain made it incredible.

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Even when it wasn’t actively coming down, the mist added a whole new element to road racing, which is often lacking that kind of visual excitement that drifting’s smoke or rally’s dust provides.

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Flying Lizard’s R8’s quad headlights looked especially good in the rain.

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San Francisco, California: 2015 has come and gone and now I’m comfortably far from that epically disappointing 2014. I’ve got a feeling 2016 will be even better.

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