What is Drag Racing without photography? And most important of all, what is photography without Drag Racing? For one of motorsport’s most diverse, colourful and totally addictive pastimes is required to have its moments captured on film for posterity. Julian Hunt is a photographer who has that passion for drag racing, with a keen eye to make that magic moment stand out from the rest, and in 2020 we are delighted to announce that Julian is joining us as an associate sponsor of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
From an early age Julian enjoyed a keen interest in all types of cars and would visit Brands Hatch, his local racing circuit, whenever he could convince someone to drive him there. In 1990 Julian managed to talk a buddy into driving him to Santa Pod Raceway where he got his first taste (and smell) of drag racing. It was then that he knew this was the sport for him. Drag racing was now his favourite motorsport and he would attend as many race meetings as possible, always hoping for a whiff of Nitro!
With his own transport issues resolved in the form of a screaming two-stroke motorcycle, Julian then moved on to four wheels, owning several vintage Volkswagens and a classic Porsche. His career followed a similar path on which he spent 20 years working in the air-cooled Volkswagen and classic Porsche restoration business.
In 2007 Julian was inspired by another Drag Racing photographer’s work. He decided that, instead of keeping his camera on auto, he would learn how it functioned and try to improve his own work. His ultimate aim was to match the quality of the photographer who had inspired him and he spent many hours trawling through hundreds of instructive articles on the internet.
Thirteen years later and it's still all about the Drag Racing. Julian and his trusty Canons attend many race meetings throughout the season in the UK and in Europe. His work can be seen across many websites, primarily Eurodragster.com, and he has had regular commissions published in automotive magazines such as Volksworld and Custom Car as well as contributions to the BDRHoF’s HoFTalk on-line magazine.
In 2016 a panel of judges recognised Julian’s talents with the presentation of the BDRHoF Sydney Allard Media Award for Photo Journalism sponsored by Mintex, a former supporter of the 1964 Drag Fest and of Sydney’s original Allard Dragster. From the entries received the panel eventually chose Julian’s fire burnout photograph of Bob Hawkins’ stunningly quick, blown methanol-injected, Chevrolet-powered slingshot dragster called Time Traveller, which Julian had captured in full flame at Santa Pod Raceway’s 2016 Dragstalgia meeting. Julian’s choice of camera that day to create this magnificent image was a Canon EOS-1D x with a Canon Lens EF100-400mm. F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM.
Julian Hunt now adds Julianhunt.net to an illustrious group of associate BDRHoF sponsors for 2020 including: Beech Underwriting Agencies, BUA Motorsport, US Automotive, Santa Pod Racers Club, DialAFlight, Institute of Professional Drivers, Atlantic Fluid Tech, Rat Trap Racing, Mopar Muscle Association, Jeff Bull Racing Engines, Eurodragster.com, Straightliners, Kelsey Media, Chair Office, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Mopar) Shakespeare County Relics. The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame wishes to thank all sponsors for their most valued support and practical help. Without them the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame could not exist.