Silverstone Classic 2016 - Post Event

August 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Hello sports fans, 

The past couple of weeks have been a blur. At the end of July, I spent four days at Silverstone Circuit for the 2016 Silverstone Classic for Virtual Motorpix Picture Agency. The event was founded in 1990 and is the U.K's first historic motor racing festival and is the 'World's Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival' and the largest race meeting ever staged anywhere on Earth. I was capturing images over three full days for editorial use by Virtual Motorpix Picture Agency.

I decided to camp for the event at the Silverstone Woodlands site which I have to say have very good facilities and even though I usually leave early and return late, the site has all the amenities you could ask for. On the Friday, I travelled the very short distance to the media car park to sign on for the event and collect my accreditation from the comms teams. Thankfully there are VIP courtesy cars that travel the route from entrance to Silverstone Wing where the media centre is located. Saves walking a mile or so with all the photographic gear. The media room at Silverstone Wing can cater for approximately 200 people and so there was plenty of room to set up base. Another advantage is the lockers located next door to the media room which enabled us to drop off our gear in a secure location whilst out on the circuit. One disadvantage though which is afforded to all media at all the other major events I have attended is free teas and coffees throughout the event. I guess they cannot afford such a luxury?

This year, I was keen to experiment and try new photographic techniques and develop my skills. You can never stop learning in this business. I also received a commission to photograph a specific Can-Am car called 'Shadow' of behalf of VMP for a technical motorsport magazine. The car was significantly different in design and engineering compared to its rivals and during the photo session with the team, I could see that the rivals were also taking a keen interest when the bodywork was removed. The engineering excellence would not be out of place on a space craft!

One of my favourite classes during the Classic racing event is the Group C cars which thunder around the circuit and show off a by-gone era of raw power. They are amazing to watch and photograph. Long may they continue. With accreditation you are given the privilege of being given access to all areas including pit-lane and pit wall. This enables us photographers to capture the drivers, cars and teams as they prepare and race their machines. As this event is also about 'rocking' as well as racing, the organisers secured two well known bands for the evenings entertainment including The Boomtown Rats on Friday and The Stranglers on Saturday. A great way to relax after watching motor sport.

The long weekend also provided a great opportunity to meet up with my photographer colleagues that specialise in motor sport. Always good to see them and make new friends. On Sunday morning, I took a diversion to look at the cars for sale in the Silverstone Auctions where the public and telephone bidders can bid for the variety of road and race cars up for auction. Many of these cars were priced in the high five figures and some well over six figures. Many exotics that I am sure we would all like on our drive. After a catch up with many of my sports photographer professionals in the media room it was time to depart and start pulling together all the images from the three days of motor sport of which a couple highlighting the weekend are shown below.


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