donington classic festival

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Usually when I’m considering an Auto Focus post, it’s a single car that is piquing my interest…but in this case, the pretty 356A of Steve Wright and Ian Clark is only part of the story. What really grabbed my attention at the Donington Historic was the pair of split-screen campers that complete this crew, one as a tow vehicle and the other, I’m guessing, as team transport and hospitality. These guys aren’t just racing in style, they’re arriving in style too!

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A couple of weeks ago I was shooting at the Donington Historic Festival. Grey skies and cold air can put a dampener on the atmosphere at any event, but Donington Park is becoming one of my favourite circuits to spectate at. With heaps of elevation and open views (like at the bottom of the Craner Curves, 4th shot down), this track has some brilliant spots to soak up the action.

(Cont’d below in pt. II….)

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As I start preparing for the Donington Historic Festival next weekend, I thought I’d share one of my favourite racers from last year’s DHF. This wee beasty is a Lola T212, a precursor of the T290 I featured last year from Brands Hatch. The clean, wedgy bodywork is perfectly complimented by the creamy white paint with brushed aluminium and yellowed acrylic accents!

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(….cont’d from above in pt. I)

Of course, a little sunshine never made anything worse so I was buoyed to see the clouds clear on the second afternoon of the festival. The photographic highlight was definitely Sunday’s final race for the Historic Formula Juniors, as the sun made it’s way toward the horizon turning everything golden ( - and deserving of a separate post soon…). But whatever the weather, it’s always a joy to see such cool cars being thrashed around a great circuit.

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As cool as these Formula Juniors are to watch (these are the rear-engined ‘Silverline’ series), what made this the most special race of the weekend was the amazing golden light. I took it as a reward for patiently tolerating the cold, wet, biting wind and grey skies, that prevailed for most of the weekend. Due to some minor delays, the drivers had to shut off their engines straight after the race to avoid breaching the noise curfew, giving me a great opportunity to capture that last shot in the fading light.