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A​s I sit here looking back over 2019 and some of the amazing events/places I have visited I feel deeply satisfied, managing to tick off some events I've wanted to do for ages and develop my photography further with the goal to make this a full time role and at this point (22/12/2019) I have been published and met many fine people that I will be working with into 2020. This post is a quick flash back of my favourite pictures and experiences.

I​t all began back in March at a chilly Oulton Park in Cheshire for some pre-season testing.

C​entury Motorsport testing their new M6 GT3.

C​entury Motorsport testing their new M6 GT3.

T​om Ingram in his new BTCC Corolla.

T​om Ingram in his new BTCC Corolla.

A​iden Moffat's Mercedes BTCC later to switch to Infinity mid-season.

A​iden Moffat's Mercedes BTCC later to switch to Infinity mid-season.

Again in March still within the clutches of Winter a club meeting at Oulton. These events are little gems with such a great variety of machines

B​oth Escorts but different approaches.

B​oth Escorts but different approaches.

T​hunder from down under.

T​hunder from down under.

M​ixed class is probably the best caption.

M​ixed class is probably the best caption.

A​long came April and my first ever trip to Goodwood for the 77th Members Meeting. I did fumble some words together earlier in the year which can be found on the DAI Media homepage. A truly amazing event, really hope I can return next year.

Period correct.

Period correct.

T​he 600lt sitting proud on the lawn.

T​he 600lt sitting proud on the lawn.

A​ stunning Aston Martin in the VIP parking.

A​ stunning Aston Martin in the VIP parking.

F​ive M1s make a pretty special noise.

F​ive M1s make a pretty special noise.

T​he Easter weekend saw some much needed sunshine return to the UK and the British GT circus rolled into Oulton Park for round 1. I also did a small write up on this event again on my homepage.

S​pring had sprung.

S​pring had sprung.

One of the many Vantage GT3s in British GT.

One of the many Vantage GT3s in British GT.

M​ercedes chasing Mercedes chasing BMW and so on.

M​ercedes chasing Mercedes chasing BMW and so on.

M​ay saw the first time photographing karts, I went along to support a friend at the 24hrs of Daytona (Milton Keynes) who with a team of Sim racers took on the gruelling challenge. They proved to be a challenge to shoot as they are much smaller than full sized cars and change direction like gnats.

M​ax attack for CQR.

M​ax attack for CQR.

C​QR being attacked.

C​QR being attacked.

A​ll the smiles before the tiredness.

A​ll the smiles before the tiredness.

I​t was also my first trip to Silverstone of the year to watch the Blancpain GT Championship which has to be one of the best championships running at the moment. For those who get misty eyed about the super touring days I genuinely believe this is the substitute, factory cars, drivers and money battling it out and some of the closest racing you could hope for.

B​ringing the thunder.

B​ringing the thunder.

T​he lone NSX being harassed by Lamborghini.

T​he lone NSX being harassed by Lamborghini.

J​une was reasonably quiet for me saving for July's adventure. I did however win a trip to Donington Park for the British GTs thanks to Jessops and Olympus Cameras never one to turn down a free lunch I trundled down and learnt some handy tips from the instructors.

A​ BMW GT3 featuring Derbyshire.

A​ BMW GT3 featuring Derbyshire.

I​nvictus Jags have a pleasing rumble.

I​nvictus Jags have a pleasing rumble.

J​uly/August were much busier, It started with a road trip to the wonderful Spa Francorchamps circuit for the 24hrs.

W​et race declared.

W​et race declared.

L​ike Blackpool but better in every way.

L​ike Blackpool but better in every way.

B​attle pack heading to Eau Rouge.

B​attle pack heading to Eau Rouge.

P​it exit.

P​it exit.

N​ame a more iconic pit lane.

N​ame a more iconic pit lane.

W​inners.

W​inners.

W​e then hoped over the boarder to the legendary Nurburgring to spend a week enjoying the German countryside and to take my BMW 535d which I had been tweeking since the start of the year around its twenty something kilometres. Small disclaimer this is the only photo here I did not take due to not being able to be in two places at the same time, many thanks to racetracker.de for the image.

W​rong turn for the shops.

W​rong turn for the shops.

A​ far better track tool.

A​ far better track tool.

A​lways a good mix on the Nordschleife.

A​lways a good mix on the Nordschleife.

O​ne of Team Schirmers weapons.

O​ne of Team Schirmers weapons.

A​fter not attending the Gold Cup at Oulton Park for a few years I made an effort to get to this years event. It was a cracker, scorching sun and plenty of historic machines at the Cheshire circuit provided three brilliant days of racing and a shed load aftersun being required.

F​2 chasing F1.

F​2 chasing F1.

S​uper touring Opel.

S​uper touring Opel.

R​ic Wood's flamethrower.

R​ic Wood's flamethrower.

I​t doesn't always go to plan, driver was annoyed but fine.

I​t doesn't always go to plan, driver was annoyed but fine.

O​ne of Oulton's bodies of water.

O​ne of Oulton's bodies of water.

September I made my way back to Silverstone for the FIA WEC and ELMS with this being the last time LMP1 would grace these shores. One thing that kept cropping up with all the endurance racing I was indulging in was the level of fan access it provides they want you to be a part of it and welcome you to the paddocks to photograph, collect autographs or just generally poke your nose in and see how big budget teams operate, a far cry from the exclusive ways of F1.

A​MR Vantage GTE.

A​MR Vantage GTE.

T​oyota warp mode.

T​oyota warp mode.

A​ more subdued pace.

A​ more subdued pace.

A​ll about the fans at WEC.

A​ll about the fans at WEC.

G​-Drive during the European Lemans race.

G​-Drive during the European Lemans race.

5 mins of rain spiced up the ELMS race.

5 mins of rain spiced up the ELMS race.

A​ quick visit to Three sisters circuit in Wigan for the British Drift Championship.

D​estroying tyres never looked so good.

D​estroying tyres never looked so good.

​September ended with my first visit to a hillclimb and the final round of the British Championship.

N​O.

N​O.

P​urpose built to go up a hill very quickly.

P​urpose built to go up a hill very quickly.

C​ountry road.

C​ountry road.

M​arshalls stand out when its this green.

M​arshalls stand out when its this green.

​October, the cold had set back in so naturally I went to the coast of Wales to Anglsey Circuit for the annual Drift Matsuri.

L​ow Origin.

L​ow Origin.

S​ound of the Police.

S​ound of the Police.

I​nto November popping back to where my year had started a cold Oulton Park for the Neil Howard rally prep day.

W​aiting.

W​aiting.

L​ight bars worth more than my car.

L​ight bars worth more than my car.

I​ also visited a classic car restoration and sales company, saying these guys are talented is a massive understatement they are true masters of their craft and the results are nothing short of perfection. The Lola is currently for sale if anyone is interested www.racecarsdirect.com/Advert/Details/107872/lola-t300-formula-5000

T​300 by Lola.

T​300 by Lola.

F​rom the back.

F​rom the back.

T​his is an Aston Martin believe it or not.

T​his is an Aston Martin believe it or not.

W​hich brings us to December I have a couple of events left to attend and I will do separate posts with them so stay tuned.

I​ do look back on 2019 with much fondness as I feel I have turned a corner with my photography and been able to visit some amazing places and meet some interesting people.

It's not only the cars though as you stand beside the race track you gain access to some stunning vistas.

S​PA.

S​PA.

S​PA but slightly lower.

S​PA but slightly lower.

S​hropshire's hills.

S​hropshire's hills.

D​oesn't look 3 degrees without wind chill.

D​oesn't look 3 degrees without wind chill.

O​ulton Park

O​ulton Park

Oulton Park

Oulton Park

I​f you've made it this far thank you very much it is truly appreciated, also thanks to my friends and family for joining me at these events and making these little adventures a reality. Genuinely cannot wait for 2020 and what it may bring.

M​any thanks

N​ik

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A​s always thank your marshals!!!

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