McKlein Photography's Colin McMaster takes hundreds of images at every World Rally Championship event he attends. Acclaimed as one of the sport's best exponents of his craft, he's selected some of his favourite images exclusively for RallySport Magazine.
Along with his enthralling interview with us, it solidifies McMasters' reputation as one of the legends of the WRC.
1) Malcolm Wilson, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, RAC Rally 1993
This is more-or-less where it all started for me, on my home rally 26 years ago.
At the end of the Chatsworth stage was a watersplash followed by a jump. When Malcolm Wilson came through the winter sunshine came out and lit the water beautifully.
I still love this image today; Malcolm went from being a hero to a friend and the Michelin Pilot livery remains one of the best I’ve ever photographed in rallying.
2) Colin McRae, Subaru Impreza WRC, Rally Australia 1997
This picture captures the scene of one of the all-time crazy pieces of WRC action.
True to his “If in doubt, flat out” maxim, Colin McRae attacked the jumps on the Bunnings spectator stage in the style that made him famous worldwide.
3) Richard Burns & Colin McMaster, Subaru Impreza WRC99, Rally Finland Test 1999
I borrowed Robert Reid’s overalls, helmet, and pacenotes to create this image. I set up my camera in Richard’s rally car and hid the cable release under the pacenotes.
It was the last run of the day, he knew the road really well and just went for it - trying to impress his mate. It worked.
4) Juha Kankkunen, Subaru Impreza WRC99, Safari Rally 2000
When a plan comes together. This image of the lonely rally, speeding away from the setting sun is a timeless classic.
I did the recce with my friend and business partner, Reinhard Klein, and we worked out exactly where we needed to be if there was as a clear evening on the rally.
5) Kimi Raikkonen, Rallye de France 2010
I could talk about the composition of this image, the diverging lines or the juxtaposition between wine, energy drinks and wee.
Instead, in my mind this photo of Kimi Raikkonen perfectly encapsulates his irreverent character.
6) Hayden Paddon, Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Rally Finland 2016
The Exif (camera )data for this image tells you all you need to know:
14mm lens, 1/40th second @ f18 ISO 100
When the rally car is travelling at +140km/h at such a close distance, then this is a technically difficult shot to pull off. I’m happy with this one.
7) Elfyn Evans, Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2019, Rally Sweden 2019
I had a 0415 start to my day to get in position to capture this shot. I don’t mind early starts, particularly if they are this rewarding.
A remotely triggered flashlight, the headlight flare from the Fiesta and the snow spray at the rear all combine to give this image a real sense of depth and drama.
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