Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018
Back in March it was The Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch. Now it was time for the main event….The Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018.
As promised earlier in the year, The Masters Historic Racing championships have added a new race series. We have crowd favourites, the awesome DFV engine noise & open wheel racing of the Historic Formula One,
The Historic Sports Cars, Gentleman Drivers, Pre-66 Touring Cars were joined now by the Endurance Legends for the first time. The incredible speed of these sleek ground hugging machines was an amazing sight!
Some great racing promised to be in store…& it didn’t disappoint. Nick Padmore as ever was absolutely flying in the Williams FW07. His car dramatically spitting flames as he lifted into the hairpin. There was some fantastic wheel to wheel scrapping to entertain the crowds over the weekend.
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.
Motor racing is dangerous & we were reminded of it in a most dramatic way. As I took the shot of Nick Padmore’s car spitting flames… I glanced down at the back of the camera to see if I had caught it this time. I was brought back to reality of the sound of a car going off in a big way. Katsu Kubota in the JPS Lotus had caught a wheel & been flicked into the air. I naturally fired off a few frames before realising it looked a nasty one
As a photographer, these racing drivers become friends we say “Hello” to regularly in the Pit Lane. I can’t take photos of something like this & put my camera back over my shoulder. I then ran around the top of the bend to where another good friend Max had gone off in the same accident. By the time I got there the Marshalls were already attending to Katsu, who thankfully was ok… It was a sharp reminder that these older F1 cars don’t have all the safety designing that the modern cars of today have!!