Well a couple of weekends ago I went to Wimbledon, possibly for the last time. I have been going there since before I was 10. I took mates there as a fist night out after I passed my driving test. I did the 3hr trip back for Best in Britain when i was at University and occasional other meetings as ‘research’. And it looks like this June the stadium will be pulled down to make way for flats and yet another football stadium. The last competitive motor sport venue inside the M25 – gone.
It still pulls in a decent crowd considering it is a Sunday night in February so not what anyone would call warm.
To my regret I have never been able to photograph Wimbledon such that it is recorded the way I see it, this was my best, and most probably last, attempt.
Look down and it is racing but look up and you can see flats and aircraft approaching Heathrow. It is the strangest experience to know that you are in the heart of South London.
Racing wasn’t televised in ‘my’ era so here is a video of Polley & Lee racing at Wimbledon, both of whom were there for this last night along with Mick Collard and his assistant Rob (Driving the car above).
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.
PR Spitfire. Fastest and the best, in my opinion, of the breed. No guns just a camera to save on wieght.
Collection of Tiger Moths flying in pleasingly symmetrical formation.
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.
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
Spitfire Pilot focusing hard.
Ever present but always pleasing war birds. Great machines but sobering to think their original purpose was not for display.
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!
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.
Alonso, I have found your issue. Get the team to paint your wheels blue… and maybe fit a flat 12 engine.
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.
Some drivers have so much spare capacity they are checking their mirror… coming into the 100mph Madgwick. Larger below;
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
These pictures were taken on the 7th December as 2 LMS Black 5’s hauled the Bath Christmas Market through first Barnham and then Haywards Heath.
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