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Another Classic Cars mag shoot, and this time its ‘The List’. Where they put a reader in one of their dream cars. Up in North Yorkshire it was a cold start with low fog and mist… Off we set from the cars garage location and found a decent lay-by area where we could get some static shots while we waited for the fog and mist to lift. The above image was the final chosen image but like ever you try and get a different angle, view point to mix things up again. You can only do so much with two …

Bentayga – Auto-Illustrierte gets a closer look…

Early on in 2016 I had another visit to the Bentley factory in Crewe. Over these last few years every time I’ve visited there’s been development to the site for one thing or another…. this visit was no exception. Since the launch of the Bentayga last year and other developments like all W12 engines are assembled in Crewe for the VW group, buildings have expanded and new ones on the up. This commission was to capture images for an article for the Swiss based automotive magazine Auto-Illustrierte who had direct access to the Bentayga production line and a few key …

Mdina Grand Prix… The last great street grand prix …

Where better to spend a long weekend in October to escape the Yorkshire weather…. Malta, don’t mind if I do. The destination in the Mediterranean for one of the last remaining truly classic street races left, the Mdina Grand Prix. Traveling out there with Sam (News Editor – Classic Cars Magazine) who also was one of the drivers of the Ex-works TR2 alongside owner Neil of Fender-Broad classic cars. The long weekend is comprised of a Hillclimb event, the concours d’Elegance and finishing off with the remaining two days of qualifying and the final races. Being over 4 days you …

From crash testing to 800bhp

Knowing I had an epic restoration shoot I set off with the type of images / ideas and kit I needed. Not knowing what car the subject was I was in for a shock. Once I eventually found the right building as I drove past it as there was no signage, or give away clues to it being anything to do with the automotive world. I was told that it had some special cars… The first glimpse of anything out of the ordinary was two silver front nose’s of a couple of XJ220’s. Seeing one is always a good sight …

10 cars…2 miles of runway…. lets play

Bit late in posting this blog but just a tad busy lately… It was a pleasure to be asked to shoot the cover for the 1st edition of a new magazine… Modern Classics. Concentrating on cars in the 90s-2000s, which for me was my era. I remember sitting with my mate Andy on Durham Rd, Sunderland with our usual fried rice, chips and gravy from the local Chinese take-away in the early 90s watching the world go by but mainly car watching… happydays… I digress… the day was sunny and warm and we had the 2 miles of Bruntingthorpe runway …

Rare Ginetta – going strong

A ‘Life Cycle’ shoot for Classic Car Magazine… The G23 was an early prototype for Ginetta, this particular chassis number is No.2. Its been owned by the same owners since they bought it from Ginetta. Recently undergoing a full re-build with alot of the work undertaken by the owners… Not so much to shoot here, alot of old 6×4’s and old car magazines it has appeared in previously. A few rig shots for an opener and a few statics to give a flavor of the car now. Not one of the images used but the engine bay was tidy with …

Nurburg Old Timer 2015

Not the best of weather for my second trip to Nurburg in as many months but at least the rain stopped after 20mins… On a slightly larger scale than Spa Classic but not as big as Silverstone Classic Nurburg had some good points. Track-side you could get close to the action on turn 1 and 2 of the old GP track. The pit lane is really wide with plenty of access, plus it has a loud siren when a car enters the pit-lane to give you heads up before you either get flattened or you get a Marshall shouting at …

Silverstone Classic 2015

Just one day visit to the 25th Anniversary of the Silverstone Classic. Just there for the Saturday to capture the event for the same client as Nurburg24, Le Mans 24, Spa Classic & Silverstone F1. This ‘THINK’ got me thinking…. was it there to double check your gear selection or not to turn right! …who knows, but caught my eye… For me its seeing all the historic and recent modern cars all in one day that for me is a great day and one for every automotive lover. From the master series and historic racing through to the crazy Group …

Quick visit to Silverstone F1 2015

Another motor event to go along with Spa Classic, Nurburg24, LeMans and soon to be Silverstone Classic for the same client. Again were not mainly concentrating on documenting the race itself but the event and experience you can have. Capturing a few of the hospitality suites and general atmosphere was the target for the day. Here’s just a few images to give you a flavor… Suite at Woodcote with its own standing area overlooking the National Pit Straight and pit lane. An event to enjoy the whole weekend and take in the sights and sounds of F1, GPseries, Porsche GT3 …

Series 1 Landrover Resto

A quick article for Landrover Owner International which we documented that saw a 1st time restoration project. This was at the time I shot it the nearest magazine shoot to me…which was a nice change. We ended up doing the tracking shots about 2 miles from my house, as that was the only roads I knew well enough that would be quiet enough to hopefully get some images. For me I was happy with the results from these tracking shots. A bit of post work to give them something as the day was damp, foggy and really flat. I can’t …