Track Day with Richard

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Well Rich, it took you 6 years to turn the red (or should I say Pink) ‘Dicky Dego’ into a beautiful take on the classic BTCC Mondeo and it really stood out today.  The run around the track was just awesome and I can certainly say that I’ve been in some quick Mondeo’s in my time but this one just sticks to the track and the braking and cornering was well worth the longgggg wait.  It’s 30 years since I took a car round a track and all of those memories came flooding back.

The above is a preview of a large number of images that I took from the day.  We were at Abingdon Airfield behind Dalton Barracks in Oxfordshire and you could smell the oil and burning brakes and tires on arrival.  Today was going to be a good day and I was glad that the weather held and the threatening rain stayed away.

Below is the car Richard’s mate was driving when things ‘almost’ went a little wobbly. During the day, we saw plenty of cars swapping ends and coming around the last corner he had a moment when the back stepped out and he’s all crossed up in a great save.  It was great to watch and just wish that I had been able to get closer to the action for a better and cleaner image.

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I’m looking forward to going back and I’m trying hard not to get bitten by the bug again. Next time the camera will stay in the car for more of the time and I’ll enjoy the racing experience a little more.

Was I tempted to take the Subaru round, you bet I was but – well firstly it would have been a snail compared to the Mondeo and most of the other cars running on track and secondly, I think Andrew would have had something to say about that.  No, she stayed firmly parked on the grass and I enjoyed learning to pan and playing with camera settings to try to get wheels in motion.  I was trying for a different angle to most track day photographs that I have seen online.  Most photographers seem to try to capture the cars more front on to avoid stopping the wheels but to keep a tac-sharp number plate.

Today, I wanted to try capturing a more side on approach with both sharp number plates and wheels in motion – no easy task, especially with overcast skies and low light to play with.  In addition, I was way too far back from where I’d like to have been and the images will be a little soft owing to the 2x extender on the 200mm lens, but if the above image is anything to go by, I should have one or two worthy of a print for the guys.

Ohh – I should have mentioned the image above is with the silver alloys on.  The car just comes into it’s own with the white wheels and those images will come a lot later.  For now it’s time for bed and more photo processing over the weekend.

Once done, the whole gallery will go up on www.m4photo.co.uk in a new Track Day Gallery that I’ll create.  I don’t think that this will be my last time photographing Richard during one of his track days.

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