Sunday saw the final of the 2021 British Hillclimb Championship at Loton Park. The top 6 places had already been decided because any points gained on the day wouldn’t change their position – but there were still the lower places to be decided and, of course, some were chasing the hill record. And chase they did – unbelievably the hill record was broken 17 times with Wallace Menzies taking top spot on the last drive of the day.
So that’s the end of competitive hillclimbing photography for me this year – just one more event at Prescott next Sunday with some rally cars and I’ll be hanging up my kit bag up for the Winter. However, I have a photography project planned to keep me occupied – watch this space!
The weekend was the annual visit of the Vintage Sports-Car Club to Loton Park in Shropshire. I went along today and was a little surprised by the lack of cars in the paddock as I arrived and it wasn’t long before I learned that with the Goodwood Revival next weekend many had decided to give Loton a miss in order to keep their cars in top condition. It was a shame because a lot of the more interesting cars for me (Edwardians and ERA’s) were just not there. I did my best though and came away with over 300 acceptable images which are now in a gallery on my website. Here is my favourite shot of the day:
In past years Loton Park has always hosted the opening round of the British Hillclimb Championship and so it was a change of the norm’ at the start of the year to see that Prescott had been given the honours for 2021. Fate intervened, however, and the continued Covid-19 lockdown in Scotland & Wales meant that it wouldn’t be fair to hold a round of the championship at that time (April) and so Loton Park once again hosted the first round over the weekend just gone.
With no spectators allowed it sadly lacked atmosphere even though it was a full entry list I certainly couldn’t find much enthusiasm and spent a good part of the morning talking to another photographer over a nice cup of tea and missing photographs of a large number of cars. When a magazine asked me for a list of images of different cars/drivers it was somewhat embarrassing to only be able to supply a very small offering. Must try harder next time!