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Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

I have a little thing in my head, that I call a ‘Balcony Moment’. This is when you are sitting somewhere, on a hotel balcony with a cheeky glass of something cold. Looking at an amazing view, thinking “how on earth did I get here?!” Then you remember a moment back in time, a right place right time moment. In my case it was taking ‘a’ particular taking a photo, that opened a doorway to an amazing journey. Those are my ‘balcony moments’….& I was having one right now, with my cheek pressed hard against the metal Armco. Trying to get focus lock on, shooting through the gap as the Ex Niki Lauda Ferrari blasted through the tunnel. I definitely heard a slight giggle creep out “….I’m only in the Tunnel, shooting the 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix!!?”

Ex Niki Lauda Ferrari during practice for the 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

I flew in to Nice Airport on Thursday morning. a waiting taxi whisked from there straight to the hotel (I’ll see about a helicopter next time!!) Dropped the camera gear & was off to the train station for the 10 minute ride into Monaco. After finding the Media Centre, signing on & picking up my Press Passes, it was time to walk this iconic circuit of all circuits.

The Start line seemed logical place to set off & I was soon at Saint Devote, swinging right I headed up the hill. Walking up the right side pavement, every so often stopping to look back down through the kinks of Beau Rivage. Camera location cut-outs in the crash fencing would provide some great views. Up to the crest & the fast left of Massenet leads straight in to the famous Casino Square. I imagined the cars braking before flashing right past the barrier & down towards Mirabeau

“I imagined the cars braking before flashing right past the barrier & down towards Mirabeau…” Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

A down hill straight leads to the right hander of Upper Mirabeau. From the pavement on the outside I could see it would provide a great view. The cars would swing through Mirabeau, brake hard into the tightest hairpin in Formula One. Renamed several times over the years, The Grand Hotel Hairpin or Fairmont Hairpin after the hotel. I remember it as being Loews Hairpin when I was younger. A short squirt of power would bring the car to the lower Mirabeau. A great view from above of the cars around these corners

Michael Lyons leaving 11s exiting the Fairmont Hairpin – Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

Another blip on the throttle & the cars would be at the tight right harder, Poitier. From here it was into that world famous Tunnel, swinging right as the daylight changed to artificial lighting. There was no way I was going to miss shooting in here!! Further round the right hander you could see the bright sunlight burning through the tunnel exit. What it must be like at 170mph in an F1 car as your eyes adjust from dark to light…amazing drivers!

It was then down the hill towards the braking point for the  ‘New chicane’. The cars would turn square Left – Right – Right – Left around the chicane before heading down the straight to Tabac. The inside of the first left gives a unique view, one of the few place on a Grand Prix track where there are no barriers in front of photographers. Sat on the tarmac it gives a unique view of F1 cars & the boats in the harbour.

View towards Tabac during practice for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 on Friday 11 May 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

Left at Tabac & the cars would immediately be at the most modern part of the circuit, The Swimming Pool complex chicane.  Exiting the left would then bring the cars along a long slight left to another iconic corner. Named after the bar on the inside of the hairpin right, La Rascasse. A wiggle from the rear end as the cars put the power down to pass the Pit Lane entrance on the right, & to Anthony Noghes. Then it was flat out along the Start/Finish straight again, a lap of just over 2 miles.

La Rascasse during practice for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

There was nothing else for it after 2 miles around Monaco Grand Prix Circuit in 25 degrees… A ‘Balcony Moment’ with a large cold beer at La Rascasse & pinch myself!!

Friday, Practice Day…. Saturday, Qualifying…

Thursday was a normal day (if there is such a thing) in Monaco, the roads were open to traffic. Friday morning had arrived & the roads were closed, there was a crackle of excitement in the air. Engines revved, mechanics were going through final checks, trolley loads of tyres were making their way down the Pit lane.

Tyres arriving during practice for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 on Friday 11 May 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

The Monaco Historic Grand Prix runs every 2 years & is a massive event in the Historic Racing calendar. I was so pleased to have been asked to go & cover the event for New Channel Media. Growing up watching motorsport on TV, the Monaco F1 Grand Prix was always ‘the’ race not to miss for me. This narrow street circuit has always produced incredible as the cars threaded their way around the 2 mile ribbon of tarmac. Here I now was having my ribcage rattled by the awesome noise of F1 cars from the 1950s to the 80s.

During practice for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

At so many race circuits I go to, even with my Media Pass I can still be a distance back from the track. Not in Monaco!! Such is the narrowness of the street circuit, as photographers we are right on top of the action.

Swimming Pool Chicane during practice for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

Max Smith-Hilliard in his Lotus 16 during practice for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

Monaco wouldn’t be Monaco without the sprinkling of famous racing drivers in attendance. Eddie Irvine, Mika Hakkinen, Jacky Ickx & Derek Bell were just a few to be seen driving a range of historic race cars throughout the weekend.

Mika showing Eddie how to Hashtag during the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

Jacky Ickx at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 on Friday 11 May 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

Derek Bell at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 on Friday 11 May 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

Sunday… Race Day.

After 2 glorious days of Mediterranean sunshine, Sunday Race Day dawned grey & overcast. Rain was forecast & the clouds were already creeping down the mountains… it was a case of ‘When’, not ‘If’ the rain came!

This unfortunately wasn’t the only problem to effect the day’s activities. I decided to recce the route to the podium ready for the prize giving after each race. To check the route & also decide if I wanted to be shooting down from the track or from the Press Box position. Making my way behind the Pit Lane garages, I caught a toe on the metal grid walkway & tripped. I had my Nikon D810 with 24-70mm  set up on my left shoulder & the Nikon D4 with 70-200mm lens on my right shoulder. Try as I might to save the cameras but sadly I smashed the D4 hard into the staging!!

2 mechanics saw me go down & helped me back up. Apart from the massive lump on my right knee the Nikon D4 had taken a huge impact & hadn’t survived. My ability to cover Race Day was now very compromised. I use 2 cameras all the time with a wide angle & long lens mounted. This way I can quickly react to the action as it happens. Now with only 1 camera working, I would have to decide what the shot was going to be at each location & fit the appropriate lens. My leg was getting stiffer by the minute & this made getting down to low angles very difficult… getting up again even harder!!

Then the rain came….& boy did it arrive!! This would make changing a lens tricky out on the side of the track. I really was down to choose the shot & stick to it, but the job was back on.

Rooster tails off the tyres as the Yardley McLaren leaves the Pit Lane

WET TYRE SAVING MODE – ACTIVATED!! The Token RJ02 jumps across the chicane kerb

At the end of long & tiring 5 days in Monaco all I can say is what an awesome experience. To shoot beautiful Historic F1 Grand Prix cars in such an iconic location has been a dream come true. Here’s to crossing everything I get an email land in my InBox inviting me to shoot it again in 2020.

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Silverstone Classic Press Day 2018

Silverstone Classic Press Day 2018

It’s always a pleasure being at the iconic Silverstone Race Circuit. The Silverstone Classic Press Day 2018 as ever was a real fun relaxed day with great cars. Many teams & drivers bring their cars along as a Test Session to get a few more useful miles on their belts. A chance to practice the track & check the car set ups for the big event in July.

Today was hopefully not a dress rehearsal for the summer, because it absolutely tipped down!! Not to waste the opportunity for some valuable wet weather set up testing, the teams soon had WETS on & the cars were heading out.

Full WETS on at 2018 Silverstone Classic Press Day

Pit Lane open, Green Light at Silverstone Circuit

Some teams were using this as a valuable ‘shakedown’ session before the cars went out for the bi-annual Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Even though there is a very much relaxed atmosphere throughout the pit lane, there was serious work going on around the garages. Don’t be thinking these cars are here for an afternoon ‘pottle’ around this world famous track, they were trying hard. I wonder if this wet weather running would come in handy for Monaco…who knows!!!

Silverstone Classic Media Day 2018 at Silverstone Circuit

This year the Masters Historic Racing has added Endurance legends to the series of championships. These incredible Le Mans cars are so fast & awesome to watch up close…they make a lovely noise too!!

Evaluating the data at 2018 Silverstone Classic Press Day

Peugeot 908 LMP1 Endurance Legends car testing at 2018 Silverstone Classic Press Day

Peugeot 908 LMP1 Le Mans car at Silverstone Circuit

Silverstone Classic Media Day 2018 at Silverstone Circuit

Silverstone Classic Media Day 2018 at Silverstone Circuit

Often celebrity drivers take the opportunity to come along, chat to the Media & for photo calls ahead of them competing at the Classic. Today was slightly different in that the celebrities were here filming for their own programs. Former F1 drivers Mark Webber & Karun Chandhok were joined by Susie Wolff filming a piece for the Channel 4 F1 show. They looked like they were having a great time too.

Channel 4 F1 presenters doing their thing for the cameras

Mark Webber leads them down the Pit Lane during the Silverstone Classic Press Day 2018

Cheers for doing this for me, Mark….straight down the lens!!!

In another part of the garage another former F1 driver Martin Brundle was filming for Sky F1. He was about to drive his 50th different formula 1 car. I couldn’t resist using the professional lighting set up for a little behind the scenes shot or 2 before Martin went out on track…

Silverstone Classic Media Day 2018 at Silverstone Circuit

Silverstone Classic Media Day 2018 at Silverstone Circuit

Silverstone Classic Press Day 2018 at Silverstone Circuit

Martin was having a great time out on track. In fact one of the cameramen was saying they were having a job getting him back in!!!

Martin Brundle driving his 50th diffident F1 car during Silverstone Classic Press Day 2018

Having way too much fun at Silverstone Classic Media Day 2018

There were some beautiful old classic racing cars here at Silverstone today. I just can’t wait now until we can enjoy 3 whole days of action in the Summer….. anybody good at a sun dance???!!!

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Trackside Motorsport Photography Video

Motorsport seen through my lens….

I have been asked a few times it must be exciting doing Motorsport Photography at some of these fantastic events. I thought it might be fun to show a little of what I do when I’m at a race track or on a rally stage. So, over this year I’m going to be doing a series of short Trackside Motorsport Photography Videos.

Hopefully they will show you where I look for my images, both on & off track. How I shoot them & some of the finished images from that video clip. Over the season I hope to show you around the paddock & pit lane at some of the race meetings. Or you could find yourself watching from a muddy ditch as World Rally Car come flying past! All to bring you a little taste of what it’s like being Motorsport Photographer.

 Click Here or click on the photo below to watch this & other videos on my YouTube Channel…. & don’t forget to turn your SOUND UP to really enjoy the full experience!!
Trackside Motorsport Photography video clip motosport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The first in the series is this short video taken last weekend at The Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally. The rally is a round of the Motorsport News Circuits Rally Championship for 2018. This is a very popular tarmac rally championship held on motor racing circuits around the country. It was great to see some fantastic machinery had made the trip to Lincolnshire for the event.

 You can see a larger collection of images from the Cadwell Park Stages Rally in Galleries simply

 

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Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018

The Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally forms part of the Motorsport News Circuits Rally Championship for 2018. This is a very popular rally championship & some fantastic machinery had made the trip to Lincolnshire for the event.

This would be my first visit to Cadwell Park & I was looking forward to seeing what the circuit had in store. I had watched a lot of video clips on YouTube & it certain looked like it could produce some great photos.

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

The photography this time would be only part of my day rather than the actual reason I was attending. My brother Nick Skelton was making a return to rallying after a 15 year break in my Dad’s Escort. So today I would very much have my Big Brother ‘spectator head’ on & support my Little Brother!! The day dawned grey but dry & promised a good start for the first stage for Nick to find his feet again.

Many years ago in a ‘former life’ Nick had navigated for me on a few rallies. He then got his own car & we ran as a 2 car team for a season in Skoda Trophy. I retired from driving competitively & helped in the Service Crew. Nick went on to drive several different rally cars over the next few years. Winning the Diahatsu Charade Rally Championship along the way. He is definitely the quick one of the family…..(but don’t tell him I said that!!)

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

Stage 1 certainly was a dramatic start to the day. Unfortunately a car, 2 cars ahead of Nick had a massive crash on the bend I was spectating at, closing the stage.

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

A Renault Clio went off into a fence causing a length of it to go through the windscreen!! Thankfully both the driver & co-driver were unhurt in what must have been very frightening for them. I have been in a rally car when a metal Bailey Bridge came through the windscreen, I can tell you it’s extremely scary!!

The marshals & recovery crews did a fantastic job. Without them there would be not motorsport for any of us, competitors or spectators. So big thank you to the Orange army! We were soon back in action & Stage 2 was under way.

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

The grey day turned progressively damper & damper making the surface slippery for the crews. Trying hard on a greasy track often results in knocking a few edges off here & there!

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

By the halfway lunch halt the weather had worsened & the rain was falling & set in for the day. It caught out many drivers as the track became water logged. For some it would be the end of their rally, while others luckily got away with it….. I’m not sure it will polish out though!!!

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

Eventually Mark Kelly & Andy Baker in their Escort Mk2 came home the Rally Winners after a hard fought battle

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

Nick drove brilliantly & brought Dad’s Escort Mk1 home in 29th Overall, 8th in Class. Well done R Kid, on to Abingdon CARnival in August.

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

Rally car on the Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018 motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Alan Healy Memorial Cadwell Park Stages Rally at Cadwell Park Circuit

Hopefully I captured some of the action from Cadwell Park Stages Rally 2018. You can see a larger collection from the rally in Photo Galleries

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Commercial Photography: Racing driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft.

Racing driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft

While covering the recent Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch, my Blog post & Gallery can be seen here. I had pleasure of working with racing driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft.

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft.

Part of my day was spent with racing driver Liam Sullivan & his team. I was there to take some Branding & Promotional photos for his sponsors Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft. He will be competing this year in the Pre-66  Touring Cars driving a Mini Cooper S. My brief was to capture some natural shots of Liam around the garage plus some action shots out on track driving the Mini.

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Bespoke custom steering wheel by Moto-Lita

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Liam Sullivan’s Mini Cooper S in the garage during Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Bespoke custom steering wheel by Moto-Lita

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Liam’s crash helmet & his very stylish Aviation Leathercraft jacket

The Mini is shared by 2 drivers, so the test day was to be split between them. While out in the first test session the car developed a clutch problem & returned to the Pits early. Repaired, it went out a little later for the second session but unrelated engine problem terminated that day. Luckily I had managed to get a few shots on the opening laps, but with Jonathan, the other driver at the wheel.

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Jonathan driving the Mini during first test session Master Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch Circuit

Time to think ‘out of the box’…

Unfortunately Liam was due to drive in the 3rd & 4th test sessions, which meant action track shots weren’t going to be possible. We still needed to get some usable images for Liams’s sponsors. While Liam quickly changed into his race suit, I got the lads in the Pit Crew to turn the car round facing the Pit lane.

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Master Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch Circuit

We had to wait until it was time for our session 3 to start, then we quickly pushed the Mini out of the garage! We would have to get Liam in the car & stage a few shots there was nothing else we could do.

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Mini Cooper S in the Pit Lane at Brands Hatch Circuit

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Liam Sullivan

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Gloving Up

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Liam finally gets his hands on his new Moto-Lita steering wheel

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Master Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch Circuit

We had to work quickly. We were only allowed out in the Pit Lane during our Pre-66 Touring Car session. As the session ended we pushed the car back into the garage to get the last few shots. Other than Liam driving the car on track we managed to get everything his sponsors wanted.

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

New Season…New Sponsor…New Race suit.

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Liam Sullivan

Racing Driver Liam Sullivan & his sponsors, Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Liam Sullivan

This year The Masters Historic Racing championships have added a new race series. We have Historic Formula One, Historic Sports Cars, Gentleman DriversPre-66 Touring Cars & now Endurance Legends for the first time. There are going to be some truly awesome cars & fantastic race action this year for sure!

Liam’s day sadly didn’t quite go to plan. I guess that’s what a Test Day is for, so it doesn’t happen on Race Day. I’ll be keeping an eye out for him in the Pre-66 Touring Car Series. I shall be certain to add him to my shooting list at Silverstone Classic & get some on track images for him!!

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Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2017

Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch

It has felt a very long Winter, March marked the start of my motorsport season proper. The Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch was the long-awaited day to get in the Pit Lane & trackside again.

Speed blur image at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Iconic Black & Gold at the Master Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch Circuit

The weather was forecast had finally improved… gone was the snow & the rain, out came rather a pleasant Spring.  A good selection of cars & crews had made the journey to the Kent circuit to shakedown for the coming season. The first round of the Masters Historic Racing series in Monza being only a few weeks away.

Williams F1 car at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Tommy Dreelan heads out in his Williams FW08 at Master Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch Circuit

This year The Masters Historic Racing championships have added a new race series. We have Historic Formula One, Historic Sports Cars, Gentleman DriversPre-66 Touring Cars & now Endurance Legends for the first time. There are going to be some truly awesome cars & fantastic race action this year for sure!

Peugeot Sport LMP1 Car at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Peugeot Sport LMP1 Car at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch Circuit

LMP1 car at Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Message Received…. Pit Board out for the Peugeot Sport LMP1 car

 Driver/Sponsor Promotional shoot while I was there….

Part of my day was spent with racing driver Liam Sullivan & his team. I was there to take some Branding & Promotional photos for his sponsors Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft. He will be competing this year in the Pre-66  Touring Cars driving a Mini Cooper S. Liam’s day sadly didn’t quite go to plan but I guess that’s what a Test Day is for, so it doesn’t happen on Race Day. You can read about the shoot & see more images by just clicking here.

Racing driver Liam Sullivan at Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Racing driver Liam Sullivan – Driver/Sponsor promo shoot for Moto-Lita & Aviation Leathercraft

As ever I’m always looking for shots around the Pit Lane & Paddock. There are so many great images to be had at a racing circuit & not just on the track. Here are just a few & more can be seen by clicking on the link below.

Wheel gun in garage at Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

A Wheel Gun lies in the sunshine on the floor of the Peugeot LMP1 garage

A racing driver in pit lane at Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Is it time to go racing yet!!

A larger collection of photos from the day can be seen

 

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Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM as GRRC fans tend to call it, is a great event in the Historic Motorsport calendar. In fact one of the first things I do is find out the dates for Goodwood Members Meeting & Revival & get them in the diary as soon as they are announced. This fantastic event shares a lot with Goodwood Revival & the Silverstone Classic.

Historic Porsche 906 racing cars at the Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Armin Zumtobel exiting the chicane in his 1966 Porsche 906 ahead of the 1964 McLaren-Chevrolet M1A – Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

What sets it apart from Revival is that it is primarily for Members of Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC). Members get first chances to buy tickets before a limited number are made available to the general spectating public. This makes it more intimate & much less crowded that Revival. 76MM still manages to create a fantastic atmosphere though. Full access to the paddock is given, where you can walk amongst these quite lovely machines. Chat to their proud owners & equally proud mechanics, as they finish last preparations before they go off on track. It still amazes me the absolutely flat out wheel-to-wheel racing of rare and priceless racing cars.

Historic racing cars at the Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Nick Padmore in the UFO Jeans BMW 530i – Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Historic racing cars at the Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

A lovely Bentley fighting for grip in the sleet – Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

This year was quite unique as for the first time in the history of Goodwood Members Meeting, Festival of Speed or Revival… It snowed!!! The mini Beast from the East arrived & on top of bitterly cold wind chill it delivered a regular deposit of snow. One of the heaviest flurries coming during the Formula 5000 demonstration drive on the Saturday kept the drivers on the toes.

Snow at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM historic motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Freezing snowy conditions arrived for the very first time at a Goodwood Motorsport event – Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Formula 5000 in Snow at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM historic motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Freezing snowy conditions make this a real white knuckle ride in a Formula 5000 – Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Porsche 911 in snow at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM historic motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Porsche 911 sheltering from the snow in the paddock at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

Away from the race track…

Members meeting has another unique feature from other motorsport events I go to. It is held with cars/drivers split into 4 House Teams & score ‘house points’ during the races. Away from the motorsport, spectators can help their House Teams (allocated with your ticket) by taking part in all sorts of activities. Ferret racing, Duck herding, lacrosse, crochet were just a few to entertain you. As always forests of Daffodils replaced September’s Revival Hydrangeas along the track.

In the Member’s Market, slight of hand magician or a variety of bands provided live music. Being bitter cold, made it even more inviting this year to be in the barn with all kinds of delicious hot food stalls. I again confess to partaking of the delicious steak sandwiches…

After a warm up it was back to the action…

A very welcome cup of coffee restored use & feeling to my trigger finger! So it was back out on to the trackside to catch the last race of the day. The Gerry Marshall Trophy, a 45 minute two-driver race for 1970 to 1982 saloon cars. Headlights on as the light faded in to evening & to make it even more interesting the sleet returned.

Pit stop at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM historic motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Nick Padmore blasts out of the Pit Lane after the driver change over. Goodwood Members meeting 2018 – 76MM

Ford Capri racing cars at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 - 76MM historic motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Side by side capris at Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM

 I know I say this every time but I can honestly say I can’t wait to go back. Goodwood Motor Circuit creates a totally unique atmosphere around motorsport I’ve never experienced anywhere else.

I hope you enjoy looking through this collection of some of my favourite photos from this very special event.

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to enjoy a large collection of photos from the event in Galleries

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London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018

I was really looking forward to attending The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel. It was an event & venue I hadn’t visited before so chance to experience it all with fresh eyes…. It didn’t disappoint either!!

The London Classic Car Show had some absolutely stunning classic cars on display & available to buy, if your pockets were deep enough!! Some had sleek beautiful stylish lines…this Mercedes 300SL Gullwing was such a pretty car.

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Simply stunning Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

Others had beauty in its muscles!!

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Mustang Muscles at The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International Show at ExCel

On the Preview Thursday, Squadron Leader Adam Collins (Red 10) of the RAF Acrobatic Display Team, The Red Arrows was at the show. He was there with the awesome looking limited edition Red Arrows Aston Martin Vanquish S. 10 cars had been specially built by Aston Martin, each unique to each of the Red Arrows, one the Red 10 car had been put into a raffle. The attention to detail was stunning, I was particularly impressed by the car’s headlining which was a painted view of what Red 10 sees from the cockpit!!

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Squadron Leader Adam Collins (Red10) of the RAF Red Arrows at The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International Show at ExCel

The hall was shared with the Historic Motorsport International (HMI) bringing together some lovely racing & rally cars from past. For the motorsport fan its a great place to get up close to the cars & have a good look around. As with some of the Classic Cars, some of these Historic Racing Cars were available to buy. This beast of a Porsche 911 GT3 is now eligible to compete in the new FIA Masters Endurance Legends Championship ….I think I’m going to need a bigger £2 saving jar!!!

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

A beast of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, now eligible for the FIA Masters Historic Endurance Legends Championship

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

1988 Group C Porsche 962

Special to this show was the ‘Grand Avenue’ down the middle of the hall. Where throughout the weekend a selection of cars put on a demonstration drives. The gleaming paintwork & chrome of the classic cars glistened under the lights.

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

1953 Chysler ‘Thomas Special’ Coupe by Ghia of Turin

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

1966 Jaguar E-Type Eagle Speedster gleaming under the lights on The Grand Avenue

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

I feel the need….the need for SPEED!! 1958 Aston Martin DBR4 F1

A gentle prelude before eardrums were rattled by the sound of 1980s F1 cars coming down the runway!!

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International Show at ExCel

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Laying down rubber… 1989 Lotus Judd Type 101 F1 car

The very popular & rapidly growing world of Historic Rallying was well represented too. Some lovely examples of early rally cars & the awesome power of Group B were on display down the Grand Avenue.

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International Show at ExCel

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

1986 Group B Rally Car the MG Metro 6R4

On Sunday the 1992 Formula One World Champion, Nigel Mansell was in attendance. It was great to see him in an F1 car again on his demonstration drives down Grand Avenue.

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Remind me gain…its been a while!! Nigel Mansell gets a quick briefing on the Benetton 193B F1

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Nigel Mansell at The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International Show at ExCel

He gave a great insight into his career in Formula One during interviews with Henry Hope-Frost. Some funny anecdotes from behind the scenes kept the fans in the Supaguard Theatre entertained. Many race fans had brought items & photographs for him to sign at several autograph sessions with him through the day.

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Nigel Mansell in conversation with Henry Hope-Frost

The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Autograph session at The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International Show at ExCel

I for one really enjoyed The London Classic Car Show & Historic Motorsport International 2018 at London ExCel. It will definitely be added to my photography calender from now on, thank you for a great few days & see you in 2019.

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RREC Round Britain Tour 2017 – Commemorative Brochure

RREC Round Britain Tour 2017 – Commemorative Brochure

Back in June 2017 I spent a day at Brooklands Museum near Woking, with the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club. I was there taking photos of stunning classic Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts & other Rolls Royce cars taking part in the Round Britain Tour 2017. Recently they very kindly sent me a copy of the ‘Round Britain Tour 2017 – Commemorative Brochure’ featuring some of my images from the day.

Round Britain Tour 2017 - Commemorative Brochure - Commercial & Editorial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

(Front Cover image not mine)

Opening the lovely colourful brochure to the Contents Page, I discovered I had been given a section all to myself. It’s a lovely feeling to see people like my work enough to publish it for others to find interesting & enjoy.

Round Britain Tour 2017 - Commemorative Brochure - Commercial & Editorial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

RREC Round Britain Tour 2017 – Commemorative Brochure – Contents Page

The brochure was filled with articles & images describing these beautiful cars, proudly restored by their owners. This Round Britain Tour looked to be a great event & the participants clearly had a lovely time. A grand Gala Dinner the night before they departed from Brooklands was enjoyed by all. Turning the page over of HRH Prince Michael of Kent flagged the first car up Brooklands Test Hill, I found a double page spread containing more of my images…. & I hadn’t even got to my bit yet!

Round Britain Tour 2017 - Commemorative Brochure - Commercial & Editorial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Brooklands Test Hill

The articles continued over the next few pages describing highlights of their 17 day Round Britain Tour. Our country has some beautiful scenery & made even better with lovely old cars driving through it. If the RREC ever run this full country tour again, it would be great to shoot in these stunning locations.

p28-29 FOCUS ON THE DETAILS…

Round Britain Tour 2017 - Commemorative Brochure - Commercial & Editorial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Focus On The Details

….and another little bonus I wasn’t expecting. I made the Back Cover image too!!

Round Britain Tour 2017 - Commemorative Brochure - Commercial & Editorial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

RREC Round Britain Tour 2017 – Commemorative Brochure (Back Cover)

The organisers said the feedback from the tour participants was that they had enjoyed the close detail captured in my photos. I’m really pleased & look forward to seeing these lovely cars again some time.

A larger collection of photos from the day can be seen in Photo Galleries

 

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The Autosport International Racing Car Show 2018

The Autosport International Racing Car Show 2018

Apart from Dry January the first weeks after Christmas mean only one thing…. The Autosport International Racing Car Show at Birmingham NEC. Some of the world’s best racing & rally cars along with some of the best drivers in the world all together under one roof.

For the motorsport fan its a great place to get up close to your favourite drivers. The event is often used to launch new cars & race liveries for the season ahead. Non more so than Ginetta Cars chose The Autosport International Racing Car Show 2018 to launch it’s G60-LT-P1 LMP1. This was a memorable point in Le Mans 24 Hours & WEC Endurance Racing history. I was really pleased to be contacted by Mike at New channel Media  to cover the event for them.

Ginetta LMP1 launch at Autosport Show 2018 commercial motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Ginetta LMP1 launch day at Autosport International Racing Car Show at NEC

Once into the vast halls of the NEC, I had a quick walk round to find all the locations I needed for the day. I then made my way to the Ginetta stand where the G60 was sitting under it’s cover awaiting it’s big moment. On the dot of 11 o’clock Ginetta Cars CEO, Lawrence Tomlinson & Technical Director, Ewan Baldry slowly pulled back the cover to reveal their LMP1 car.

Ginetta LMP1 launch at Autosport Show 2018 commercial motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Ginetta Cars G60 LMP1 racing car launch at Autosport International Racing Car Show at NEC

Once the Ginetta shoot was safely in the bag, I had chance to head over to the WRC area. I arrived just in time to see Sebastian Ogier & M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson heading to their press call.

Malcolm Wilson M-Sport at Autosport Show 2018 commercial motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

M-Sport Boss Malcom Wilson at The Autosport International Racing Car Show at NEC

There is more to the job than just driving the WRC rally cars. Here Kris Meeke does a piece to camera while team mate Craig Breen waits his turn.

Kris Meeks at the Autosport International Racing Car Show 2018 - commercial Motorsport Photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Kris Meeke doing piece to camera at Autosport International Racing Car Show at NEC

My last mission (…see what I did there) was to a space on the rope for the next car launch. Mission Motorsport were launching the strikingly liveried Invictus Games Racing Jaguar F-Type. It’s going to be great to follow the teams progress through the British GT Championship this year!!

Mission Motorsport at he Autosport International Racing Car Show 2018 - Commercial Motorsport Photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Mission Motorsport Team Launch at Autosport International Racing Car Show at NEC

Invictus Games Racing Team at The Autosport International Racing Car Show 2018 - Commercial Motorsport Photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Mission Motorsport launch the Invictus Games Racing Team at Autosport International Racing Car Show at NEC

 

I can’t wait to see the Ginetta’s challenge in WEC 2018…. Who know I might even get to Le Mans twice, as it’s Historic Le Mans this year too!!

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