Haven’t been to Brands for over a year: nice to meet up with some other photographers and spend the day on 4 July enjoying the sunshine and the racing. This event celebrated 50 years of the Grand Prix Circuit. Practised some panning as well as walking round the Grand Prix circuit (which has never been in use when I’ve been before). Some shots from the day to enjoy.
Katsu Kubota in the lead in the Round 4 race in a Williams FW07C-14 of 1981 vintage. Boy are these noisy! Standing at Druids bend, shooting the oncoming cars, amazing power. There was a stoppage of the race about half way through, at a point on the course I couldn’t see. After a longish spell of clearing up, the race was restarted. I got the impression that the pace was a bit more muted at that point. There were lots of spectators and a bit of a squeeze to find a good shooting position. There were some up step ladders, others with little compacts thrust up against the catch fencing, others with long focal length lenses or video cameras. And then there are those who just go to watch!
There were also some historic Formula 2 cars, dating from as early as 1953 up to the late 1970s. Age doesn’t seem to make them slower, but the drivers looked like they were wrestling with the steering to keep them on line. Very much ‘seat of the pants’ style of driving.
The above is Historic Formula Junior, also cars from the 1950s and 1960s. These racers lack the crash safety features of the latest Formula 1 (note Mark Webber’s spectacular crash from which he walked away) so I wouldn’t fancy my chances in one of these if it slammed into the tyre wall.
I also enjoyed practising my panning techniques and caught some of the Historic Touring Car Championship entries, including this 1960 Ford Anglia. It might show my age, but I have fond memories of these old rust buckets, before I was old enough to drive. Nice to see someone lavishing care and attention on an old beastie and thrashing it round Brands. I particularly liked the ‘twinkles’ caught on this old Ford Anglia, captured in camera and caused by the sunshine and lens aperture.