About John Thawley

John Thawley maintains an archive filled with trackside photography from SCCA SPEED World Challenge, American LeMans, Grand American Series, Trans-Am IRL, and Champ Car. In 2003, Thawley was the official photographer for the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup.

Recent projects include publishing the officially licensed SCCA Pro SPEED World Challenge 2005 Year In Review and American Le Mans Series 2005 Collection, Champions. The American Le Mans 2005 Collection, Champions series, in addition to the linen bound edition, included a leather bound collector's volume and a signed and numbered boxed set of prints.

Thawley also published the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge 2004 Yearbooks and team photo books of Cadillac Racing, Corvette Racing, Turner Motorsports and Champion Audi RS6. In 2003 he published the Limited Edition Trans-Am Series book, Time Certain.

Thawley's racing images have been featured in print for companies such as Acura, Cadillac, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Mazda, Raybesto, StopTech in the pages of Autoweek, USA Today, SportsCar, Vette and others.

In addition to being a full-time motorsports photographer, John Thawley owns Creative Communications Group. Creative Communications Group is a company specializing in graphic design for print and electronic online applications. Unlike traditional graphic designers,Thawley has pursued the integration of online communications with traditional media as a seamless language.

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In 2006, Thawley founded the Automotive Photographer's Network, a site for photographers at both the enthusaist and professional levels featuring news, reviews, a professional member directory and community forum.

Thawley travels extensively throughout the year shooting the full schedules of American Le Mans Series, SPEED World Challenge Series and select Grand-Am, and Indy Racing League events.


All archives and galleries presented on this site are completely e-commerce equipped allowing any image to be ordered as a print or a digital download with managed rights for commercial or editorial use.

Starting with the 2009 racing season, images from each event will be available through the galleries in virtual-real-time. Our goal is to have 100 or so of my best images available within hours of the completion of each event. Customers, PR representatives, feature editors and agency media buyers will be able to access what they need, when they need it... 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

The gallery section of the site is equipped with everything you need to help with your image selection process. Low-res comps can be downloaded for sharing with team members or they can be emailed. Buyers are able to create Light boxes for comparing and viewing potential selections... and in addition, they may be saved.

Prints are available in four sizes and on three different papers, while digital downloads and rights purchases can be completed on the spot. You, the buyer, can determine the image size and use rights necessary to complete your project. This system will provide you with the appropriate yet very reasonable fees. Payment can be made on the spot using any major credit card.

Please use the link below to access the galleries or perform a search by entering a keyword into the search box. 

Photographs are available for promotional, commercial and Web site use.