Words – Paul Griffin
Recently Speedway Photographer Peter Roebuck had a coveted National award bestowed upon him.
Peter attended the Speedway Australia Annual Awards Presentation and graciously took out the 2017 Speedway Photographer of The Year Award.
The award recognised the tireless effort and sheer artistic skill that Peter so aptly demonstrates week in, week out.
In the main Peter departs from the standard flash photography that most speedway lens gurus rely on to “stop time” and capture that ultimate image.
Peter prefers to suffer the weight penalty and uses the “available light” technique where a hot shoe flash is swapped out for a massive lens that is capable of drawing in large amounts of ambient light.
This results in staggering detail and no dark shadow lines.
Peter has mastered the technique over many decades of both speedway photography and other forms of photography.
The majority of Peter’s craft is carried out in Western Australia, particularly at the high banked Kwinana Beach Perth Motorplex venue.
He has also travelled around the nation to cover major races and other forms of motorsport.
Known affectionately in some circles as “Straight Shooter”, Peter has an incredible knack of being in the right spot at the right time to capture a wide range of stunning shots.
These range from traditional racing shots, wild flips, concept shots, behind the scenes pit shots, candid in-field shots and even the odd magnificent sunset backdrop shot at Perth Motorplex.
He covers a lot of ground in one racing night that’s for sure !!
During season 2016/17 Peter was also recognised for 50 years of service to the Speedway Industry with a special award presented by Perth Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro (see link below).
We take out hat off to Peter for winning this prestigious award and wish to recognise his outstanding achievements in not only season 2016/17 but over many many years.
Well done Peter !!
We would also give a big thanks to Peter for his regular contributions to http://Torque Tube. Without those valued contributions this not for profit website would not continue to exist.
Well done again Peter for showcasing Speedway and particularly Sprintcars in all their glory !!
To read more about Peter Roebuck click on these links: http://torquetube.com.au/2015/09/04/straight-shooter-peter-roebuck/