2021 hillclimb finale

Today was my last hillclimb event of 2021. It took place at Prescott and involved an assembly of rally cars from through the years (and a few others). To be honest I was a little disappointed with the entry – no Audi Quatros, Metro 6R4’s, RS200’s, Cosworth Sapphire’s – all rally cars that I went to see back in the days of the RAC Rally stages in the Welsh forests.

So that’s it for my motorsport for 2021. Now time for another project which will take place in the warmth & dry of my studio through the Winter months.

A 6L Holden Commodore enters a ray of sunshine

Vintage finale

Today saw the final speed event of the VSCC calendar with a hillclimb at Prescott. It was a misty start but the sun soon broke through and the afternoon was positively warm – not bad considering it’s Autumn now. Here are a few random images from the day – a full gallery of over 240 can be found at www.john-hallett.co.uk

Another hill record broken

The British Hillclimb Championship round at Prescott yesterday saw the hill record broken 3 times, twice by Wallace Menzies and once by Alex Summers. At the start of the day the record stood at 35.42s, set by Sean Gould in 2019, by the end-of-play yesterday that had tumbled to 34.65s with Menzies last run of the day. There was also a welcome back to Will Hall after missing for 6 months due to a damaging ‘off’ previously in the season. Here is is at Orchard:

Will Hall – Force WH XTEC

I was primarily taking images on behalf of Speedscene magazine and so spent the entire day ‘on the hill’ taking shots of every car just in case they were needed for the forthcoming article. It does therefore tend to result in a long series of record shots – but that’s the downside of working to a brief rather than just taking photographs for pleasure – however the upside is that I get them in print which, for me, is the ultimate aim. Actually I must confess to getting a bit ‘arty’ during the morning and took this shot:

Sunshine through the trees at Prescott

And now for something completely different

Yesterday I visited Prescott hill climb with the Vintage Hot Rod Association (VHRA). I first saw these cars a few years ago at Pendine sands in South Wales and since then, whenever they have their ‘GOW’ weekend at Prescott, I make a point of attending – just to see the wild & wacky cars that they bring. Here’s a few from the day – a gallery will be uploaded shortly to the website.

A busy few weeks ahead

At the start of the year I was really questioning how much motorsport photography I wanted to to do this year – but here I am with busy weekends up until the second week of October. So what’s happening in the short-term? This weekend sees me at Shelsley Walsh for another round of the British Hillclimb Championship (and I’ve already been booked to take photographs of the event for Speedscene magazine). The following weekend sees me at Mallory Park with the Vintage Sports-Car Club, and the weekend after I’ll be heading down to Prescott for the annual visit of the Vintage Hot Rod Association. Here’s a shot from last years event:

VSCC at Prescott gallery now live

A gallery of over 770 images has now been uploaded to the website. I was fortunate in getting a spot between Orchard Corner and Pardon Hairpin which meant I could get one shot as they approached from Bridge with my 70-200mm lens, a second shot at the corner with my 28-75mm lens and then back to the 70-200mm for an upwards shot as they left Pardon – so three shots of each car. Of course it helps that I had two camera bodies in use – I couldn’t have changed lenses that quickly! It was only when I downloaded them into Lightroom that I realised that there must be a 30 second difference in the time set on each camera body because they are slightly out of sequence.

Jeremy Flann in a 1918 Curtiss Le Zibre Special 8200cc

VSCC at Prescott

So yesterday I made the 60 mile journey south into Gloucestershire to photograph the Vintage Sports-Car Clubs “short course’ hill climb at Prescott. Ettores loop isn’t used in this event as a throw-back to the original hill climbs which negates one of my favourite photography spots – but opens up another as the cars swing round for the short push up a steep climb to Pardon hairpin. The day started with the annual bicycle race and then there were two timed runs for the sizeable entry, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The forecasted rain stayed away – just a few light drizzles that didn’t even require the use of a hat – and the sun even shone briefly in the afternoon. With over 970 photographs taken on the day it will be a little while before the gallery is live but here are a few tasters: