Award-winning photography since 1981
Starting in the photography business (in 1981) using the film medium, I have since made the transition to digital capture.
My first experience in photography came at a young age while in the sport of surfing. But it wasn’t until 1981 that I turned professional. A native Californian, I have since earned several awards for professional photography and photojournalism. My images have been published around the world in hundreds of publications. In addition to photography, I have written three books and enjoy many outdoor activities. My first exposure to drag racing came at Lions Drag Strip in Wilmington, California, around 1964. I later raced a 1955 Chevy at OCIR, Orange County International Raceway, in Irvine, California. Raised in a power-boat family who spent nearly every summer water-skiing, it seemed almost second-nature to take interest in drag boat racing. And so in 1981, I did turn to the exciting sport and became deeply involved.
Above: With the late drag boat photographer Jack Cool (left) at Chowchilla, Ca. in 1993.
For nearly 15 years, I was the unofficial historian for the IHBA (International Hot Boat Association). Many of my race stories and photographs appeared in countless publications including; National Race Boat, Powerboat Magazine, Trailer Boats Magazine, Hot Boat Magazine, National Drag Boat and others. I also covered circle boat, K-boat and Unlimited Hydroplane races, and did various work for the APBA (American Power Boat Association). Following the 1986 drag boat season he produced a high-quality full-color drag boat poster, “The Liquid Quarter Mile.” Five years later in 1991 Rick followed it with another classic, “The Liquid Quarter Mile – Part 2.” Both can still be purchased right here on our website.