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2017 Silverstone Classic

The calendar always gets busy this time of year, events come thick & fast. It’s July, so it’s time for the Silverstone Classic. One of my favourite events of the year & The 2018 Silverstone Classic weekend didn’t disappoint.

I was in the garage again with the mechanics from Forza Historic Racing Team. I love to watch them working on these lovely Historic F1 cars.

Silverstone Classic 2018 on Friday 20 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

Historic F1 cars at Silverstone Classic 2018 on Friday 20 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton PhotographyMax (Fittipaldi F5A), Nick (Williams FW07) & Phil (Theodore TR1) head down the Pit Lane

This year the crowd favourite Group C cars had been replaced by the new Endurance Legends as part of the Masters Historic Racing series. These awesome flame spitting Le Mans beasts promised to be equally fantastic spectacle 

Silverstone Classic 2018 on Friday 20 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

The rain during the Group C races last year deprived us of the sight of growing brake discs. No such problem this year!

Silverstone Classic 2018 on Friday 20 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

It really is no surprise the action on & off track has made the Silverstone Classic the massive success its become. The worlds largest Classic Car racing festival!

Silverstone Classic 2018 on Friday 20 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

Crash helmet design at Silverstone Classic 2018 on Friday 20 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

Silverstone Classic 2018 on Friday 20 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton PhotographyRickard Rydell locks the rear wheel braking into the Village complex

Silverstone Classic 2018 on Friday 20 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton PhotographyEarly race cars weren’t much more than a seat & a steering wheel for protection…brave boys!

Silverstone Classic creates a great atmosphere with fantastic close wheel racing on the track. Spectators love the close access they get to look around the cars. It really is a highlight of my photography season, & already looking forward to what 2019 has in store.

I hope you enjoyed a little taste of the 2018 Silverstone Classic. Please find a larger collection of photos from the event in Galleries or 


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Le Mans Classic 2018

Le Mans Classic 2018

2018 season has been a year of firsts for me. Some of the photo shoots have been outstanding & non more so than the Le Mans Classic 2018. Having been there last year for the modern 24Hour Le Mans race, I was really looking forward to seeing the difference.

The format is slightly different in that there are a series of races, rather than 1 race lasting 24 hours. The races were for 6 different ‘Grids’ of cars. These ‘grids’ have cars from different years competing against others from their period. Each car would compete in daytime & nightime races over the 24 hours of racing.

As the grids progress through the year periods, the cars become more modern. The sleek areodynamic lines look more like the cars we see in the 24 Hrs of Le Mans.

Group C Porsche in the Le Mans Classic 2018 Motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Group C Porsche in the Le Mans Classic 2018 on Friday 06 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

There is an incredible atmosphere in the circuit paddocks, drivers getting into the Old-timers spirit. The night time races brings its own atmosphere, the Pit Lane is still alive in the dead of night…

the Le Mans Classic 2018 on Friday 06 July 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

The Le Mans Classic shares a special event with the Goodwood Revival Setterington Cup. Little Big Mans is a race for youngsters in some glorious miniature classic race cars. It’s a great sight as they do they traditional ‘Le Mans Start’ before heading off up the track.

The noise & smell of these fantastic machines just takes you back to a golden age of motor racing. It is going to feel a long wait before the 2 years is up for this fantastic event to come around a again!!!

 

To see a larger collection of my photos from the Le Mans Classic 2018 please

 

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Spa Summer Classic 2018

Spa Summer Classic 2018

The Spa Summer Classic 2018 is a great Classic Motor Racing Festival held at one of the popular race tracks in Europe. It attracts many visitors over the relaxed 3 day race weekend event.

This was my first time to the famous Spa-Francorchamp circuit in Belgium. I was looking forward to seeing the iconic hairpin right of La Source.

The flat-out bravery through probably the most famous corner, the Eau Rouge / Radillion combination. Where the exit is blind over a crest…. that takes some serious ‘cojones’ to keep the right foot to the floor through there!! To be fair the whole circuit is noteworthy & for that reason many Formula 1 drivers have ranked it among their very favorites.

Measuring nearly 4.5 miles in length, Spa is also one of the longest F1 race circuits in the current calender. It may be long but Spa is a fast track as well, with only two slow corners. The rest consisting of straights or long, sweeping bends makes it a real drivers circuit.

I was there to cover the Caterham Series for a photographer who had to drop out last minute. Part of my brief was to cover several locations on the circuit during each Caterham race. I can tell you now, watching on TV, you don’t realise the gradient between Raidillon & La Source. The fastest I ever did it was 7.5 minutes, with a brief few seconds shooting as the cars came back round & down the Old Pit Straight. The length of the track certainly helped give me time to change locations. Though by the time I had run up that hill, I’m not sure I was in a fit condition to squeeze the trigger!!!

Sadly I knew I would be unable to share those images. So, once my commitments were safely in the bag, I had a little to shoot one or two frames of the other races. Seemed a good time to have a little fun with Slow Shutterspeeds

for a small collection from The Spa Summer Classic 2018, I hope you like them!!!

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Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018

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,

Nick Padmore in Williams FW07 F1 car at Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

Nick Padmore flying up the hill to Druids

The Historic Sports Cars, Gentleman DriversPre-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!

Mini Cooper S at Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

I promised Liam Sullivan I’d get a track shot of him in the Mini Cooper S, after the problems he had on Test Day

Le Mans Endurance Legends during the Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

Peugeot LMP1 car leads the way up Pilgrims Rise in the Masters Historic Racing Endurance Legends race

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.

Theodore Formula one car smokes its tyres at Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

Lighting up the rears!!!

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.

Grass covered tyres in Pit garage Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

This is what happens when you spin off onto the grass with hot sticky racing slicks!!!

Racing driver takes a break during Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

‘In the frame’ for another Class Win

young race fan sitting in F1 car Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

Living the dream… A young race fan gets his dream to sit in a Formula One car

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

Crashed Formula One car at Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

A very lucky escape for Katsu Kubota in his JPS Lotus

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!!

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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.

To see a larger collection of my photos from the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 please

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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???!!!

For more photos from Press day please go to Galleries or

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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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Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch

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