||December 7, 1997 / November 21, 1998
||Lauri Ouvinen, Matti Ouvinen and Ville Tikkaoja
In 1997 and 1998 we attended Thunder Indoor Karting races held in Helsinki Hartwall
Areena. The event was similar to the annual Elf Masters karting event held in
Paris Bercy. In both years there was supposed to be many drivers from F1 and
other top motor sport series. However, the 1997 event was quite a disappointment
as there were just two drivers from F1, Mika Salo and Jan Magnussen, and a few
other international drivers.
The 1998 event was a lot better event than in 1997. This time all drivers promised
to be there arrived, including Jacques Villeneuve, Johnny Herbert, Mika Salo and
Jarno Trulli from F1 and CART drivers Jimmy Vasser, Greg Moore and Dario Franchitti.
The seats we had in 1998 were great and we were looking forward to taking some good
photos, but one of the jerk marshalls didn't let us use our cameras because they were
too good - you were only allowed to use some crap automatic cameras! That pretty much
spoiled the event for us. We took some pictures anyway before she threatened to kick
us out. So we decided to move to another side of the track, but unfortunately
we didn't find any good seats there, so the photos turned out pretty poor.
Due to the fact that there was not very good light during the event we did not
get good photos even though we were using 800 speed films. That's why we only
put a few of them online.