Experienced photographer James Selwyn has joined Velocity News for the forthcoming summer season of speedway.
Selwyn (pictured below) will provide photographic and written coverage from the biggest open wheel events not only from New Zealand speedway’s crown jewel – Western Springs Speedway – but also from major meetings throughout the country.
The upper echelons of the sport like Sprintcars and Midgets through to the little leagues like Kiwi Kids will all get a piece in the press.
His love of speedway stems from a family involvement in the sport that saw his Uncles and Aunties attend Wembley Solo World Finals in England, as well as trips to North America with unparalleled hall of Fame Speedway personality Barry Butterworth.
“I remember first attending speedway at The Springs when I was small enough that I could walk under the turn style,” he said.
“My Dad would take me along and I would go visit my Mum’s brothers & sisters in the stands.”
After qualifying as a chef and working in the hospitality industry for a decade he found a passion for speedway photography and taught himself how to take the style of image that captures his long-standing passion for motorsport.
He said taking images that people appreciate comes naturally, something he takes great enjoyment in.
“Being a fan first I try to cover the sport from a fans viewpoint,” Selwyn said.
“It’s the cars going around that we come to see that initially attract you to the sport but it’s the personalities in the helmets that give you that passion, and if you excuse the pun, really drive our sport.”
Selwyn has written articles that have appeared in various publications throughout New Zealand and as far afield as Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Chilli Bowl Midget Nationals souvenir Program.
His images are synonymous with Western Springs Speedway, but he is well travelled in the speedway world having covered events in Australia and America including the Indianapolis 500 and USAC Midget Week.
Selwyn said he’s excited to bring the Velocity News viewers a dose of dirt.
“I’m looking forward to adding a bit more dirt into the Velocity News stable and conveying the excitement and energy that coliseums of dirt can provide.
“With nonstop racing action, it’s all in front of you, the whole track, you get to see every wheelie, every spark flying off a glowing rotor, every pass and every crash!”
He has his own modest aspirations behind the wheel too.
“I have been lucky enough to do a few laps in Midget and Sprintcars and various other dirt cars and understand the addiction to driving fast and turning left.
“So I went and purchased an old vintage 1980’s Midget that was literally a barn find. It was sitting in an open barn for 30 plus years rusting away until I took it home and started cleaning it up.”
When asked when it will be ready for the track he laughed: “I’m not sure when it will be ready but it’s coming along nicely and it will be a great addition to the Auckland vintage speedway scene.”
The 2018–‘19 season has a full slate of races throughout the summer months and Velocity News will bring fans coverage of the biggest and best events including International Series and National Titles.
The first meeting of the season gets underway this weekend at Western Springs Speedway.
Look for Velocity News for more open wheel speedway coverage this season with the addition of a dedicated speedway section to the website where you can find post-race reviews, interviews and more.