L’histoire derrière ces superbes photos de L’Autodrome

De nombreuses photos aériennes de l’autodrome St-Eustache circulent sur les médias sociaux pour les messages d’adieu (la plupart de la même séquence). J’ai pensé qu’il serait intéressant de savoir d’où ils venaient.

Le logo indique qu’ils ont été pris par Jeremy Glover. Jeremy est l’un des photographes les plus connus de la communauté et a travaillé pour l’autodrome à temps plein. Si vous avez assisté à un événement là-bas au cours des cinq dernières années, il a probablement photographié votre véhicule.

J’ai demandé à Jeremy comment et quand ils ont été emmenés. Sa réponse est affichée ci-dessous (en anglais seulement).

I was shooting the Claude Aubin 200 on September 22 which was the last stock car race to be held at ASE. The place was packed, even more packed then it was for the NASCAR Pinty’s series. I was in the middle of the track and got a call from Jason (Labrosse). He told me to go meet his bother but didn’t say why. Again, I was in the middle of the track with racing going on so I jokingly texted Jason for him to send a drone to come pick me up haha.

Shortly after in between two races I had enough time to run across the track. As I was crossing, Alex came to meet me in a golf cart. As I hop in, he tells me « We’re going to go take some pics of the track from a helicopter! » I had never been in a helicopter before and it was awesome to think that my first time would be at ASE. We also stopped and picked up the pilot who was actually part of one of the Sportman teams.

On our way to the end of the road course where the helicopter parking is ( lol ,) Alex mentioned to the pilot that I would be coming along to take photos. The pilot replies with « Cool. I’ll take the door off on your side so you can get better photos. »

I am not afraid of heights BUT the first time in a helicopter with no door wasn’t what I was planning. I did want the best pics possible so I dealt with it.

We get to the helicopter and the pilot tells me how far I can lean out (no thank you) and tells me to keep my belt on (don’t f***ing worry about that). Moments later we start taking of and it was an amazing feeling. We get up pretty high and the pilot pitches the helicopter sideways to turn towards the track.

I prepare to start clicking, go to unzoom my camera lens and what happens? It releases from the camera body while we are banked! Thankfully it didn’t fall to the ground and I was able to attach my lens back on and start shooting.

I was trying to get shots of everything and take advantage of this opportunity especially since I only had a limited time. We flew over the paddock area and then the oval. I take 2 seconds to put the camera down and just take it all in. Seeing my track, my second home from up in the helicopter was breathtaking honestly and actually got me sad thinking of the future.

After that we flew over the camping area and the main entrance and then that’s when I was able to get the pics of the oval with the grand stands packed. We flew back around once more and then that was it.