What an honour. To be invited to take part in the Bikers Classic event at the world famous Spa Francorchamps circuit here in Belgium.
That’s the first thought I had when I rolled up at the circuit with the Sarolèa Racing team this past weekend.
A whole weekend of classic racing bikes and racing legends. Some racing, some on more gentle parade laps. Bliss.

We were invited to share a pit box with the fabulous guys and girls of Honda Legends It was a pleasure to enjoy the weekend with them all. Great characters and great bikes.

Of course, for us the main event was the much anticipated demo run of the SP7. Sadly, Saturday was a washout, the unpredictable Spa weather was predictably wet and fitted with just slicks, there was no way team boss Torsten was sending the SP7 out. Sunday was a better day, light drizzle but plenty of gaps in the showers.  2 good rides were made during the day as part of the classic GP500 parades. The loudest bikes you can imagine, proper ear splitting 2 and 4 strokes. It was fun laying at the exit of La Source, hearing and feeling the classic bikes approach and go past. Then the almost silent approach and exit of the SP7. The regenarative braking noise is beautiful and then the song of winding up of the electric motor as it catapults the bike out of the bend. Hearing is believing.

Even standing still it looks like it’s going fast so there was huge interest in the bike all weekend.

Here’s a collection of my impressions of the weekend. Not just the SP7 but a variety of images and some of my childhood dream bikes in there too! The NSR500 being high on that list.:)


  • Martine Verleyen - Hi Rob,

    Nice to see the warm comments on te Honda Legends team. I’m the girlfriend of Bart and he was extremely happy to have you guys in their box. He was also saying you took amazing pics and specifically nr 17 on this blog, on which my man is leaving the box on his favourite machine :-) is superb. Is their any chance I could order this picture of hi?. I’d like to turn it into a huge poster to put on the wall. Hoping you can help me surprise him. Awaiting your answer.

Continuing from my post about the Saroléa Racing SP7. Last night the team took the bike out for a first ride in preparation for the Isle of Man 2014 SES TT Zero Challenge

Here’s a short video of the bike passing during the shakedown. As for specs and stats. I’m not going to take away the team glory by talking about that, just know that this wasn’t close to full power. The power of electric that we’re going to get to know very well in the coming years.

I couple of snaps from during yesterdays demo day for Studio VZW. I was showing some possibilities for photographers who are looking for a continuous light solution.
Together with Luxillag I had several lights with me, the classic Dedolight DLH4 Tungsten lights, the DLED4 system, Felloni Tecpro and the  Daylight Panaura 5.

There was a lot of interest amongst the colleagues who were looking for an efficient and fast way of lighting various situations.

One of the most common, and justified questions when demonstrating continuous light is, ‘how much light do the produce?’
Typically the reply is that if you want to photograph lively subjects you might run into trouble with these relatively low powered lights as they are primarily  aimed at video work. Having said that, check out the shutter speed of image 5. Below. This was shot in the same ambient light as image 3. Illuminated with one Felloni 15˚ bi-colour LED panel and exposed for the lightest part of the subject. If you want to get creative with light and see how your light is working before you even make a photo, have a look at Dedolights.

1:  A daylight and gridded Panaura 5 just illuminating the floor in front of it. A lovely soft wrap of light.
1/2400 – F1.4 – ISO800

DSCF9089_dedo_900px2: The Panaura 5 using the book as a reflector to bounce some light up onto the face.
1/480 – F1.4 – ISO500

DSCF9094_dedo_900px3: Hands on experimenting by some of the members.

DSCF9076_dedo_900px4 Mixing some ambient and mixed Bi-colour LED Felloni
1/140 – F2.8 – ISO500

DSCF9074_dedo_900px5: Jane.
1/3800 – F2.5 – ISO800

DSCF9083_dedo_900pxThis last crazy shot if of me at the spectacular location we had for the day. Not often I’m in a church, even less at the front! 😉
Thanks to Bert Stephani for making the snap. A friend and colleague who was demonstrating Elinchrom and off camera flash techniques for Servix

rob in church

I’m so pleased to be have been asked by Torsten Robbens to shoot the exclusive launch images of the full electric superbike built by the Saroléa Racing Team.
I had to keep all the images under wraps until the official unveiling which took place on the weekend of 26th April.
Below are some of the ‘teaser’ images I made for press releases and magazines as well as the complete bike image that was send out for the reveal.

What a machine it is too, I can’t wait to see it in action this year and continue to help out the team.