"My typical WRC gear list is a pair of Canon 1D X SLR camera bodies, with six lenses that give a range from 14mm to 600mm. That’s a lot of hardware, but because rally photography involves a lot of walking, I tend to carry only three or four lenses at a time, then vary them stage by stage.
"An SLR [Single Lens Reflex] camera is best, but it is possible to take really good shots using a modern compact zoom camera - especially if you can vary the focal length and shutter speeds. Get out there and experiment and see what you can do.
"I’ve seen some great stuff taken on iPhones too, but the shutter is slow so you’ve got to be quick – and a bit lucky - to get the right shot. The motor drive on my camera means in one corner I could have 30 pictures - which is totally unnecessary as you only need one. On an iPhone the key is to follow the car with the phone as smoothly as possible then keep the phone panning as you take the shot. Try and nail it in one.
"Don’t forget to protect your equipment from the weather and the dust, snow, sand or mud that is a feature of your chosen rally. A small towel is handy to shield your camera from clouds of dust. Or just stick it under your clothes."
Finally, and most importantly: be safe
"Motorsport can be dangerous, and no picture is worth risking your life for, so above all read and follow the rally organiser’s spectator safety guidelines.
"Keeping well clear of the cars is the priority, of course, but watch out too for flying stones or other objects. And don’t forget to protect yourself from the elements. Minus 28 degrees Celsius in Sweden is no fun without gloves. Nor is a Greek summer without a sun hat”