Vintage sprint

Sunday saw Round 1 of this years Speed Championship of the Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC) held at the Curborough sprint circuit run by the Shenstone & District Car Club. A single lap of the course is 831 metres (just over 1/2 mile) and the record is 26.69 seconds – although that was in a modern single-seater racing car and not one that is over 80 years old. The aim (obviously) is to go around faster than everyone else although there are various different classes to give everyone a fair chance against similar entries.

The job of a photographer is to get some interesting shots – which is harder than it sounds when you just have a single car going around a flat circuit. The options tend to be limited to panning shots on the straight sections or capturing body-roll on the corners. And so this is what I did – interspersed with a few in the paddock.

1912 Luxior 8200cc || © John Hallett Photography
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VSCC at Curborough

Last Sunday saw me at Lichfield at the Curborough sprint circuit with the Vintage Sports-Car Club. This is one of my favourite events of the year and you really don’t need to have a media pass to get some great panning shots. The only disappointment of the day was to see what was formerly green field opposite now covered with excavators and other plant preparing for the HS2 high-speed rail link. I’m not convinced that the desecration of huge swathes of countryside is really worth it.