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#1 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 09:39

Having hi-jacked the Ron Harris thread and after speaking to Nick Loudon, motorsport photographer and lion tamer extraordinaire, he is delighted that we have remembered him and shown some of his images. With his permission, I thought it might be a good idea to put his work in one place where we can all see them.

Jim Clark, Oulton Gold Cup 1966.
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Chris Amon, Oulton Gold Cup 1968.
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Jackie Stewart in the Chequered Flag Elan leads Peter Arundell in the Ian Walker 'goldbug' version at Mallory in 1964.
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Peter Arundell in the Ron Harris F2 Lotus 35 at Mallory in 1965.
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Jim Clark in his Ron Harris type 35 at the Palace in '65.
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Jack Sears in the Lotus 30 at Silverstone in 1965.
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Nick has said he will post more to me to be scanned at a later date, he doesn't do the internet.

Posted by Michael Hipperson in the Harris thread and copied here:
Photographer extraordinaire Nick Loudon morphed as a MADMAN:

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This missive from Nick yesterday....to the moderators..yes there is motorsport content !
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#2 hipperson

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 09:54

The Amon photo is just brilliant.
After years of no contact with Chris they are talking again.
This photo was Enzo's favourite and hung in his house.

The Elans...framed and signed by Stewart,Arundell,Ian Walker(RIP)Graham Warner,Clive Chapman,Cedric Selzer and Bob Dance sold for £450 this year at our charity bash.
The Clark H16 sold for £750 last year. The Type 35 £500 last year. Both these signed by the great and good.

Nick has stacks and stacks of negatives yet to be printed !

#3 Twin Window

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 09:59

The Amon shot is an all-time classic :love:

LAT have a very similar shot from the same place, same event etc and I'm very proud to say that Chris signed a copy for me. Chris intended to display his copy in pride of place alongside the similarly-framed study of Fangio at Rouen in '57.

Fabulous - I believe that a print of Nick's Amon shot still adorns a corridor in Maranello!

#4 hipperson

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 10:23

Nick tells a fuuny story of the Amon shot at Old Hall.

He was standing right on the edge of the track with a press photographer from a Manchester newpaper.
Because Amon and Nick were friends there was probably some setting up of this shot although the drift was on every lap.
First time around the press fellow felt the exhaust heat as the Ferrari swept by....'I'm not effing standing here' he said and ran off. Wimp.

When I showed this photo to Alan Henry a couple of years ago....'Ah ! the Loudon signature photo '.

#5 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 11:31

Thanks to Michael, more of Nick's amazing work:

Moss, Parkes, Hill & Sears, Peco trophy, Brands 1961.
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Salvadori & Hill lead away, Archie Scott Brown trophy at Snett in '64.
Who is in the Lotus 23?
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Jimmy at Goodwood in the 30..or is it the 40?
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Graham at Goodwood in '64.
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Salmon & Salvadori fight it out at Brands.
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Mystery photo, any ideas who, where, when? ( Shelsley?)
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Surtees waves Pedro by at Silverstone in '65. Michael snapped this one from his framed picture.
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#6 Option1

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 14:59

Another fantastic thread courtesy of TNF! Thank you Andrew and thank you Nick. :up: :up:

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#7 Stephen W

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 15:42

Originally posted by Andrew Kitson
Thanks to Michael, more of Nick's amazing work:

Mystery photo, any ideas who, where, when? ( Shelsley?)
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It looks, as you intimated, very much like Shelsley Walsh. The bank in the background and with the shadow of the railings in the foreground.

As to the Who and When there should also be a What!

The front looks a bit like the Phil Scragg Lola T70 with the Williams & Pritchard body but there is no Roll Over Bar or Inlet Trumpets sticking up. I then thought I might be the ex-Phil Scragg HWM-Jaguar but it looks a shade too small for that particular beastie!

Sorry I can't help but I'll keeoing foraging!

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#8 B Squared

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 15:44

I remember the first two photos, Clark & Amon, from my youth. Brilliant. Thank you for sharing.

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#9 David McKinney

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 16:31

Originally posted by Andrew Kitson
Mystery photo, any ideas who, where, when? ( Shelsley?)
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Why can't it be a Lotus Seven?

#10 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 16:36

That's what I thought!

#11 sterling49

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 16:56

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Andrew Kitson
[B]Thanks to Michael, more of Nick's amazing work:


Salmon & Salvadori fight it out at Brands.
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Great photos! My earliest recollections of racing Jaguars was at Brands, and if this is the 6 hour race, then I was in attendance, Nick was obviously quite near to where I usually stood. Love the headlight reflections in the wet track.

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 16:57

Originally posted by David McKinney

Why can't it be a Lotus Seven?

Way too easy! :lol:

#13 Roger Clark

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 16:59

Originally posted by Andrew Kitson

Salvadori & Hill lead away, Archie Scott Brown trophy at Snett in '64.
Who is in the Lotus 23?
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Barry Hart.

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 20:45

Car no 30. Possibly Bromsgrove's finest, Georgina Baillie-Hill
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#15 David McKinney

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 22:04

I was wondering about Maggie Blankstone - didn't she start in a Lotus 7?

#16 hipperson

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 09:53

Not Baillie-Hill apparently.

Sterling...yes The Motor 6 hours 1962. Salmon first on the road...but disqualified for 'engine irregularities'..thinking valve gear?
When the scrutineers asked to check the other Jaguars....surprise,surprise they had all gone home in one of the quickest competitor exodus' in the history of Brands.

Salmon and Salvadori both signed for our auction.

This letter accompanied the signed photo back from Roy S in Monaco. Thought you might like to view.

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Salmon's co driver on the day was Peter Sutcliffe
Salvadori's was Denny Hulme.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 11:19

Car 30. I am not dismissing David's Maggie Blankstone suggestion as I am in no position to do so, So, possibly Anita Taylor, long shot I grant you, collecting signatures etc before her foray into Anglias?
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#18 hipperson

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 12:57

Every picture tells a story
Here's the story





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#19 hipperson

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 13:06

Another picture....another story !

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All stories ...words by Nick Loudon

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#20 Alan Cox

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 15:10

Another great thread, thanks Andy - and Nick, of course.
I would say that the photo of Jim Clark in the second selection would be of Jim in the Lotus 30 at the 1964 TT, possibly in practice.

#21 hipperson

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 16:04

Alan...

I have the photo on my office wall....Nick has written on the mount....'1964 TT Woodcote Goodwood'.

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#22 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 06:50

Originally posted by Andrew Kitson
Chris Amon, Oulton Gold Cup 1968.
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Nick is not on the net, however he thought TNF readers might like to read
the following on the Amon photograph:
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It is not only action shots, Nick particularly likes this one and the story behind it:

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#23 hipperson

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 08:52

Great story on the Bentley............Nick told this tale with gusto when he spoke to 150 Lotus enthusiasts at our fund raiser in Le Touquet last year.
Forrest Lycett would have approved of our venue...The Hotel Westminster.

Nick regaled us with more anecdotes in the bar till 2 am when he was halted by the sound of one of our number. a police inspector, playing the bagpipes.
This was followed by our auctioneer Robert Edwards ( Archie & The Listers) being propelled at great speed, strapped into a Louis X1V ornamental wheeled chair . With sudden retardation he was ejected onto all fours into the foyer.

The only comment was from some incoming French guests....'Ah ! Les Anglaises'.

#24 hipperson

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 13:35

Nick in full unstopable flow...France May 2007

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#25 Jerry Entin

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 14:33

It is a pleasure to view Nick Loudon's work. His stories are also delightful.
Thank you Michael and Andrew for your great effort in showing his work to the forum members.

#26 hipperson

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 16:42

Bit closer to home Jerry !....we all know what....but who ? where ? and when ?

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Loudon again...not such a good scan as I cannot remove from the mount.
In the real crystal clear though.

#27 hipperson

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 16:53

And another...same place same day according to the old biddy'e bag hanging over the fence.

What is the chassis number and co-driver of this my favourite car of all time.

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Loudon again

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 18:21

Sterling...yes The Motor 6 hours 1962. Salmon first on the road...but disqualified for 'engine irregularities'..thinking valve gear?



Hipperson, I think your are describing the 1963 event. 1962 was the first year the Motor Six Hours was held, in dry conditions. It was won by Mike Parkes and my uncle, Jimmy Blumer, in the Equipe Endeavour Jaguar Mk. II 3.8. The result was confirmed ten days after the meeting, after the non-standard front hub carrier was deamed legal.

In the rain of 1963, Salmon and Sutcliffe were disqualified, as you suggest, for oversize inlet valves on thier Mk. II.

Regards,

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#29 Paul Parker

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 19:01

The Cobra is being driven by Chris Amon at presumably the Guards Trophy Brands Hatch in 1964 for Tommy Atkins, can't recall any other detail whilst the Ferrari 250GTO is the Colonel's 1963 TT winner 4399 GT rebodied in this '64 'LM' style obviously at the same meeting driven by Innes Ireland, although I don't think there was a co-driver. Do you mean Graham Hill who drove the other Maranello Concessionaires entry, the 330P 0818 which he later won the Goodwood TT with?

Meanwhile what wonderful photos, and what a mockery they make of souless, sterile, modern long focal length lens shots that have all the appeal and appearance of computer generated special effects by comparison.

#30 hipperson

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 20:07

Yes DC.... July 6 1963

Paul...
I have Innes Ireland's co driver as Mike Salmon. And yes the 64/GT0 4399. DNF with brake problems
On the Cobra with a young Amon.....Tommy Atkins daughter Ursula reads these boards so she will enjoy the snap.

#31 Paul Parker

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 20:57

Without referring to period info back in England I would assume that Mike Salmon was the nominated spare driver of 4399, and later a Maranello regular of course but I don't recall him driving the car, the Guards Trophy did not require another pedaller but perhaps he tried it during practice.

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 21:19

My info is that Ireland drove solo :)

#33 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:45

Don't try this at home......

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A photo by Nick of his former colleague Giles with Turkana.
The animal is not sedated....

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 08:26

Originally posted by Andrew Kitson
Don't try this at home......

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A photo by Nick of his former colleague Giles with Turkana.
The animal is not sedated....


What's he doing, checking its tonsils or looking for his watch? :lol:

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 08:51

Originally posted by Andrew Kitson
A photo by Nick of his former colleague Giles with Turkana.
The animal is not sedated....


When you say former colleague is the because the lion isn't sedated??!!

#36 hipperson

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:10

Loudon again.....Reine Wisell winning the F2 GP de Pau in 1971. Scanned from a mounted photo so not as perfect as it is in the real
Reine has proved very affable signing for our auction.....made £300

The slide here just stopped short of Nick's feet...

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:54

LIRA Team Lotus - excellent! I shall make sure Chris W sees that pic.

I mentioned earlier the LAT have an image of Amon at Oulton in '68 which is similar to Nick's...

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It wasn't only NSR and AH who were appreciative of Nick's 'signature' shot; Quentin Spurring was/is too...

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(that is a scan of a photo of the photo, if you see what I mean!)

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 20:43

Thanks to Michael, more of Nick's amazing work:
Mystery photo, any ideas who, where, when? ( Shelsley?)
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Possibly Jill Hutchinson? Or have we resolved it? BTW are those SP3s ?
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:03

Possibly Jill Hutchinson? Or have we resolved it? BTW are those SP3s ?
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Not resolved yet.....will put this name to Nick.

He is holding an exhibition of his work in Duns from April 24 for a month
All photos are there being framed and all will be for sale.

It will held in the Library opposite the Jim Clark Room and will run for a month

The curator, Andrew Tulloch, posts on here and am sure will add further details nearer the day............ if you are desperate
for info Andrew can be reached 01361 884114

I have a selection of Loudons famous Chris Amon photos in NZ with a friend for Chris to sign at the big F5000 jamboree this coming weekend. Fingers crossed.



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Posted 07 December 2010 - 00:40

Thanks to Michael, more of Nick's amazing work:

Mystery photo, any ideas who, where, when? ( Shelsley?)
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Did we ever resolve who the driver was? As a bonus it is always a delight to bring foward Nick Loudon's material. For those not familiar with his work, just scroll through the whole thread and enjoy it.
Roger Lund

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#41 Doug Nye

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 10:07

Nick was always outstandingly proficient not only as a photographer but also as a printer. His attention to detail in producing his prints stood head and shoulders above all his peers, shading my pal Geoff Goddard, Michael Cooper, Nigel Snowdon etc. They were mostly under greater pressure to get their work out and on the picture editors' desks whereas Nick was more the hyper-enthusiastic semi-professional - and his end product benefited hugely from that. I have always been a great fan of his work...and here you can all see why.

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#42 hipperson

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 19:40

The popsy driver was never guessed.

A few more....Damon signed the 49 ...made £450 for a very sick 7 year old to send him to Florida for Xmas. Our Lotus group raised £6000 during a 4 day online auction

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 19:52

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Superb pictures :)

Interesting. As a guess both in France in the same year. Rouen for F1 and Reims for F2.

Open and full face helmet. Times were changing.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 21:14

You really do spoil us, like Christmas coming early. Many thanks
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Posted 08 December 2010 - 10:55

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#46 bradbury west

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 11:56

Bump
Following Michael's post of Spence in the 33,
http://forums.autosp...p;#entry5011226
I thought it might serve to the benefit of newcomers to see Nick's work. Usual disclaimers
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#47 E1pix

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 00:25

Wonderful work.... OH, MY!

Man, those were the days to shoot racing, close up and at one's own risk (of getting something nobody else would have!). Life's greatest things always carry some risk, IMHO.

I'm glad I was around to shoot the latter '70s, and feel really lucky compared to if I were starting today.... but still wish I'd been in the '60s.

This thread blows my mind. :up: :up: :up:

#48 Alan Cox

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 08:49

I'm glad I was around to shoot the latter '70s, and feel really lucky compared to if I were starting today.... but still wish I'd been in the '60s.

Indeed. How I would have loved the chance to stand on the inside of Copse in the 1960s and 1970s. I was, however, fortunate enough to be able to stand on the apex inside Old Hall Corner at Oulton Park and took some shots that I was quite pleased with.
I agree with you, great thread.

#49 Peter Darley

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:29

Wonderful work.... OH, MY!

Man, those were the days to shoot racing, close up and at one's own risk (of getting something nobody else would have!). Life's greatest things always carry some risk, IMHO.

I'm glad I was around to shoot the latter '70s, and feel really lucky compared to if I were starting today.... but still wish I'd been in the '60s.

This thread blows my mind. :up: :up: :up:


The Sixties were the best (in my view) for motor racing and photography, although the in the latter years as commercialism and "safety" measures crept in, in became harder to get close to the action - no more shooting at Stowe or Club with a 50 mm. lens!
I used to attend many of the same races as Nick, and there is a photo of him, and Max Le Grand, in my book "Jim Clark - Life at Team Lotus" in the Crystal Palace section.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:58

The Sixties were the best (in my view) for motor racing and photography, although the in the latter years as commercialism and "safety" measures crept in, in became harder to get close to the action - no more shooting at Stowe or Club with a 50 mm. lens!
I used to attend many of the same races as Nick, and there is a photo of him, and Max Le Grand, in my book "Jim Clark - Life at Team Lotus" in the Crystal Palace section.

Nice, I'm glad for you to have been there, spectacular and memorable for life! (and why we shoot).

For me it started in 1975, in the States, first credential before I was 16. I made do with a 135mm as my "big lens" and also filled frames with my 50mm. Never forgot it. Best for me to think that's still possible now....? :down: