After a long forced closure due to Covid19 the action was back at Donington Park with the Masters Historic Formula One Weekend. Full image set can be seen here.
A very warm and sunny day welcomed spectators to the track and a good crowd were in attendance (all socially distant of course) and lots of photographers were out and about. My camera was sure what was going on being used for the first time in many months with any anger.
Due to Covid secure rules in place to get to the infield you have to walk around the circuit to Coppice Tunnel at the far end of the circuit, its a long walk!
I will be honest it took a while to get back into knowing what to do! The first cars to come round my shutter speed was wrong, the tracking was out and the exposures were horrible. Amazing what you forget in a few months!
However, after a few curse words to myself I dialled in my settings and got down to a full day of shooting. On track the action from the Masters Pre 66 Minis, Aston Martin Masters, Pre-66 Touring Cars, Historic Sports Cars and of course the FIA Masters Historic Formula One was fast paced and close racing.
This beautiful Chevrolet Corvette C6 driven by David Methley caught my eye from the off!
The good old American muscle car itself the Ford Mustang from 1965 sounds just as you would image. Jon Miles and David Coyne were driving this white star and back firing down into Old Hairpin.
I love watching the original Mini's darting around the course, they don't turn into corners they seem to drift, catch the grip and carry on in a straight line. They are fun to watch and I image even more fun to drive.
I tried to experiment this visit with some panning shots at slow shutter speed and for the first time ever managed to get some at 1/25 second. The slowest I have gone on the Olympus EM1 Mk2 (most defiantly more misses than hits!).
I have never been able to see a Formula 1 car in person so I was very excited to see the Historic Formula One cars out on track and oh boy the sound! What a noise. The racing was certainly better than the Hungarian GP running at the same time. A close battle for the lead from start to finish. Shame the race was only 25 minutes could of watch a whole lot more.
The above images is a Lotus 81 from 1980 driven by Steve Brooks.
Below is the mistakable livery of the John Player Special Lotus 77 from 1976 driven by Marco Werner and the 1982 McLaren MP4/1 driven by Steve Hartley in the original Marlboro colours.
It was brilliant to be back at the track and Donington Park did a lot to keep the circuit safe in these times. I will be back in 2 weeks for the first round of the BTCC, can not wait!
Full set of images here