Motorsport at the Palace 2013 – Monday

With dates now scheduled for 2014 (25th & 26th May) this will be the 5th consecutive year of this event run in the grounds of the old Crystal Palace. The show is put on by Sevenoaks & District Motor Club with a lot of hard work to turn this piece of south London parkland back into a motor sport venue it was back at the end of the 1960’s. They also have a number of sponsors but of course the marciels and the park grounds keepers should also be noted for their hard work.

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The cars are parked among the trees between runs creating a peaceful paradox to the track just the other side of the bushes.

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Unlike a lot of events there is a mix from the very earliest cars though to pre-production models. I remember seeing a prototype Lotus spinning into the hay bails a few years ago at this event.

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Although they don’t get a run up the hill bikes do get demonstrated within the show.

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And finally, no matter how expensive the car or the venue, one must never underestimate the importance of gaffa tape…

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Goodwood Revival 2013 – Friday

I have been to Goodwood a number of times now and love the show they put on. The weather caused problems this year but the Friday was still a good if a bit cold and windy. The final track event of the day, and the first race of the weekend, was held in a torrential summer rain storm meaning that by the time it was cancelled 20mins early it was near pitch black. I was the idiot trying to find my car afterwards wearing sunglasses!

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Having Just come in from it’s second Qualifiying run the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 waits it’s next turn on track in the hands of Stuart Graham & David Franklin.

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The PBA-DKW of Rudolf Ernst comes past the March Grandstand and out of the gathering storm. These cars are a bit swamped by a power circuit like Goodwood and tend to string out a bit.

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1943 Spitfire Mk 1XB kept the crowds entertained with some brilliant air displays when other aircraft were grounded and couldn’t get to the show. I don’t know who was flying but watching it repeatedly disappear behind the Jackie Stewart Pavilion only to reappear moments later is something I won’t forget!

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Rob Huff throws the 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S into Madgwick. From what I could hear there was no braking just a slight lift then throw it in and gaining about 6 Galaxie lengths on the big Fords by the exit.

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1953 Jaguar C Type owned by John Corrie and drven by David Brazell/Jonathan Turner exits The Chicane at the start of the Freddie March Memorial Trophy before…

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… the rain came. Mark Midgley’s 1952 Aston Martin DB3 shared with Chris Woodgate paddles past the pit lane. I should thank the gentleman who shared umbrella holding duties with me so that we could both take pictures.

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This picture was deliberately taken against the light cast by the TV screen in order to push the camera to it’s limit and try to get the look of a period shot.

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…And still more rain. Panning shot of Stephent Rettenmaier lining up to go down the straight for another lap in his 1949 Maserati 4CLT.

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Shortly before the race was stopped the Urs/Arlette Muller 1953 Aston Martin DB3 Coupe is lit up by the headlights of the following car as it gets all crossed up. Despite the appearance of heading straight for an accident this was the standard way for this car to exit the corner.

As always a great way to spend a weekend and a rare chance to photograph these cars away from air conditioned sunshine.

War and Peace show 2012

This was the last year the show branded as the largest of it’s kind was hosted at the Hop Farm in Kent as from 2013 it moved home. Militaria from all over the world was represented from modern day through history but there was an undeniable WW2 bias. Probably the only place you can see Sgt Oddball (imdb – Kelly’s Heros) still charging around in a tank – not least because Donald Sutherland is far to sensible for that sort of thing now.

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A great day not least because I resisted buying a Stolly that was for sale… no diffs, can’t use it on the road but can swim. Given the weather this week perhaps I should have bought it!

2013 Brand Hatch Caterhams

Caterham racing at Brands Hatch Indy circuit with a few other formulea to break up the flow, mid August 2013.

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There is always guaranteed action with the Caterhams. They are so closely matched that they run in tight packs.

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And sometimes they end up with a few bits missplaced.

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Porsche’s were one of the support races, the expensive cars were out front but by far the better racing was with the older cars.

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And more Caterhams charge through Paddock hill bend

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MX5’s were another support but there weren’t really enough to make the races spectate-able.

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Brighton Speed Trials 2012

With the news that Brighton Council may refuse permission for the 2014 event I thought I would post some pictures from the 2012 Speed trials. Brighton and Hove Motor Club are trying to save it here, http://www.savebrightonspeedtrials.com/index.php .

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