||May 23, 1997
||Lauri Ouvinen, Matti Ouvinen and Ville Tikkaoja
This was the third and last 'Thunder in Helsinki' race meeting in our home town. In the two
previous years the main event was a race for DTM/ITC touring cars, but when the ITC
championship was buried at the end of 1996, the organisers switched to the FIA GT and F3000
championship. The track was a street course located a couple of kilometres away from the
centre of Helsinki. It's very narrow, twisty and bumpy, and therefore many drivers found it
more suitable for rally cars. The F3000 race, in particular, was a big crashfest. Only 9
drivers managed to finish the race. The interest of the Finnish public was no longer there
either so it looks likely that there won't be any more racing on the streets of Helsinki
in the future.
Since we were able to get free tickets for Friday, we decided not to attend the race itself.
Our tickets allowed us to choose any of the grandstands around the circuit, which gave us a
chance to take pictures from various places and angles. The weather was freezing cold and
windy, but fortunately it didn't rain.
Despite the cloudy and dark conditions, we decided to use 100 speed negative film. As you can see, the
results were quite good considering our limited experience at the time. The pictures were shot using
shutter speeds usually somewhere around 1/500 - 1/1000 and manual focusing. We didn't get
as much pictures as we would have wanted, because the batteries of our camera ran out, and
we had to leave the area to buy new ones. We are never going to repeat this mistake!
Rule no. 1: always have a set of spare batteries in your camera bag...