As 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.
It all began back in March at a chilly Oulton Park in Cheshire for some pre-season testing.
Century Motorsport testing their new M6 GT3.
Tom Ingram in his new BTCC Corolla.
Aiden 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
Both Escorts but different approaches.
Thunder from down under.
Mixed class is probably the best caption.
Along 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.
The 600lt sitting proud on the lawn.
A stunning Aston Martin in the VIP parking.
Five M1s make a pretty special noise.
The 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.
Spring had sprung.
One of the many Vantage GT3s in British GT.
Mercedes chasing Mercedes chasing BMW and so on.
May 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.
Max attack for CQR.
CQR being attacked.
All the smiles before the tiredness.
It 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.
Bringing the thunder.
The lone NSX being harassed by Lamborghini.
June 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.
Invictus Jags have a pleasing rumble.
July/August were much busier, It started with a road trip to the wonderful Spa Francorchamps circuit for the 24hrs.
Wet race declared.
Like Blackpool but better in every way.
Battle pack heading to Eau Rouge.
Name a more iconic pit lane.
We 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.
Wrong turn for the shops.
A far better track tool.
Always a good mix on the Nordschleife.
One of Team Schirmers weapons.
After 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.
F2 chasing F1.
Super touring Opel.
Ric Wood's flamethrower.
It doesn't always go to plan, driver was annoyed but fine.
One 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.
AMR Vantage GTE.
Toyota warp mode.
A more subdued pace.
All about the fans at WEC.
G-Drive during the European Lemans race.
5 mins of rain spiced up the ELMS race.
A quick visit to Three sisters circuit in Wigan for the British Drift Championship.
Destroying tyres never looked so good.
September ended with my first visit to a hillclimb and the final round of the British Championship.
Purpose built to go up a hill very quickly.
Marshalls 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.
Sound of the Police.
Into November popping back to where my year had started a cold Oulton Park for the Neil Howard rally prep day.
Light 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
T300 by Lola.
From the back.
This is an Aston Martin believe it or not.
Which 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.
SPA but slightly lower.
Doesn't look 3 degrees without wind chill.
If 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.
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