Speed Trials ’14

Quick update of pictures from the speed trial earlier this year. Always really hard to photograph because you are against the light but I got a few reasonable ones. Good to see it back after the petition earlier this year.

First off I can’t decide if I like this picture or hate it, you decide.

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It’s too busy, but then Brighton is too busy.

And a more conventional shot of the Ford Fairlane on the return pass.

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The bikes really upped their game this year, or it could be that there were fewer quick cars.

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In previous years I remember the fastest shoot out being close between 2 wheels and 4 but this time the bikes had it hands down. Fastest over the line was, I think 167mph.

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As ever there was a good mix of speed machines and classics, or even classic speed machines! I couldn’t get close enough to see if this was a real Gulf car or not.

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For once the Police aren’t called for a burn out on Madeira Drive!

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I’m not even sure what this is? A trike?

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And another 60’s icon is prepared for another run.

Severn Valley Railway

A recent trip ‘up north’ gave me a chance to again practice my night photography skills. In the end the pictures I took after dark were better than the daylight ones, probably because I was concentrating more. I am having problems with my RAW files loosing quality when switching to jpg so that the pictures end up coming out darker and with odd colour casts in places. Not so bad for the black and white pictures but for the colour ones it is a bit disappointing. If I figure it out I might re-do this post.

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This was taken as the evening diner train stopped to pick up a token.

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The Driver looks for the right away before they depart Bewdley on the next leg of the 2hr round trip along the river Severn.

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Earlier in the day the last service train awaits departure from Bridgenorth as the dusk falls.

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This is one that has suffered in the transition to JPEG from ARW, which is a shame because it is a far clearer and nicer shot in ARW.

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Earlier in the day a service train pulls into a small station with the river Severn down and away to the left. After it leaves again the sound of it working hard can be clearly heard echoing along the valley for 5 to 10 mins.

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A down train drifts along with the gradient of the line being emphasised by the shortening effect of the longer lens.

Finally a train departs with steam roaring up into the cold night air illuminated by the platform lamps.

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Goodwood 2014 – Shelby Cup

The second update of photos from Goodwood. These are taken from Friday practice for the Shelby Cup. This race was for the Ford Falcon and derivatives to celebrate it’s win on the Monte Carlo Rally.

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Above is the regular (only at Goodwood could you use regular in this context) Falcon. This example is owned by Rowan Atkinson of Black Adder fame. He unfortunately connected with a stationary car during his race later in the weekend. It had spun in front of him and he had nowhere to go. The damage was not too heavy and I should imagine it will have been fixed by now.

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Also involved was this, a Mercury Cyclone… and they wrote it down the side so I didn’t have to look up the number! It ultimately looks to be basically the same but with 4 eyes.

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Now this I did have to look up – the Dodge Dart of Grahame Bryant who shared the drive with Anthony Reid. Anthony seemingly had a drive in every race, very much in the spirit of the era. It is a shame that we don’t get the likes of Hamilton entering Tin Top races and the F1 calender usually clashes with events like Le Mans.

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This is a car I had never heard of, a Studebaker Lark Daytona 500. It appears that later models used the Ford V8, not sure why this was out there for this race though.

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Finally of the variants is the Mustang, which is just a Falcon floor pan in fancy dress.

Some other pictures from the Qualifying session. While some seemed to be concentrating just on getting around others were hard on it right away.

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And at the end of the session Neil Twyman brings Julian Balme’s car in.

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Bluebell

In mid October I visited the Bluebell Railway in Sussex. After problems with engine availability it is good to see they seem to be finding their feet again. With the extension open efforts are being focused on re-grouping.

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With the sun quite wintry and seemingly in the wrong place all weekend it lead to some interesting effects.

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It did give a very washed out effect to the sky however, I managed to get this as the fireman looked for the right away.

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The first time I used a prime lens here means I finally had the shutter speed to capture atmosphere of the shed. I hope to try this out some more. Captain Baxter awaiting it’s next turn of duty.

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Training the next generation.

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Shoreham Airshow 2014

Bit late but finally I have uploaded pictures from the air show. I have erred in leaving it so long… I can’t remember what the pictures depict. Bruce Dickinson is in there somewhere as are lots WW2 veterans.

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PR Spitfire. Fastest and the best, in my opinion, of the breed. No guns just a camera to save on wieght.

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Collection of Tiger Moths flying in pleasingly symmetrical formation.

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Breitling wing walkers put on a great display as always. The only issue for the photographer being the smoke hanging in the air giving them a hazy look.

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Douglas Skytrain takes off near the end of the show as part of the D-Day display. The invasion stripes contrast nicely with the dark green of the fuselage

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Spitfire Pilot focusing hard.

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Ever present but always pleasing war birds. Great machines but sobering to think their original purpose was not for display.

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Goodwood Revival 2014

Having taken a lot of pictures on Friday at the revival I intend to put up an update for each class but for now I thought I would put up a few of my favorites from a first pass of those taken. My programme has been ‘borrowed’ so I will have to be light on detail for now.

Unlike last year (pictures here)  the weather was great so I got lots of interesting (to me at least) pictures. I forget each year that you just can’t get around in a day and so missed most of the infield this time around… next year!

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I think one of the appeals of the event is that you can see the drivers working the cars. From a race engineers point of view the chassis flex of the car above is terrible but seeing the driver fight the short comings is the spectacle.

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Alonso, I have found your issue. Get the team to paint your wheels blue… and maybe fit a flat 12 engine.

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The cars are used and sadly accidents happen but I would rather this than never hear the sound or see the site of these cars sliding through the kink.

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Some drivers have so much spare capacity they are checking their mirror… coming into the 100mph Madgwick. Larger below;

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And finally you go outside to a field which on an normal day would be the best car show in the world but on revival day is just a car park

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Plumpton Classic Car Show

No posts on here for a while. A wet Monday provides the perfect excuse… that and I should be wiring! On Sunday 24th August I went to a new car show in it’s second year organised by a ford100e.com member. Taking place in the grounds of Plumpton College attendance suffered because of the clash with wings ad wheels but some interesting cars turned up. I hope that they don’t get put off and run again next year but with a date that doesn’t clash with such a big event.

This car will feature throughout. I will say no more than that it’s the car I drew every time I had paper from age 5 to 15. Want!

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Fords were probably most heavily represented, but there was a wide mix;

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Mini’s were next in quantity. This rather nice monti replica caught my eye;

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I hadn’t seen one of these in years. An Opel Manta. There was a rotten one around where I grew up but nothing like as clean as this one.

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And in with all these modern cars there was a genuine WW2 service vehicle. A doctors car from Yorkshire still with all it’s paperwork and a really nice car.

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And my trusty pop that got me there and scared life out of me by having total black out on way home.

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PGM Open Day 2014

On the 27th April Partridge Green Motorsport held its first annual open day where customers were invited to come along and show off their cars as well as having the opportunity to weigh them.

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Above: The first cars take their place in the queue to be weighed. There was a steady stream of cars throughout the day coming and going despite the weather.

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Above: Line up of some of the cars which attended during the day.
Below: Some of the cars of the braver owners who turned up during a particularly heavy down pour.

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As well as PGM’s own staff a number of suppliers to the Caterham market were also in attendance offering advice throughout the day.

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Soft Bits For 7’s even got the power tools out with a bit of help from PGM’s Colin Jupp

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The main focus of the day was the weigh in where the drivers and cars were put on the scales to see who could get the lightest and best balanced car. Below Andy (the Boss) talks to a customer while Becky does the hard work of taking down all the numbers;

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Tea, coffee, and cake were supplied while people took the chance to catch up inside out of the rain;

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Becky in discussion with a customer while, below, Andy checks on progress;

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Other cars attended as well and were also weighed in;

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Generally a good day was had with everyone pitching in and catching up with friends as well as exchanging ideas for the future

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BTCC season opener at Brands 2014

A good first round was had by the BTCC grid at the beginning of April. The racing was a bit tentative to start with but soon got up to speed. Jason Plato was particularly impressive coming through the field in race 2. The Yuasa Honda’s seem to have gone from a quick car to a not so quick car as they were unable to catch Andrew Jordon in last years car.

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