I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but what’s really nudged me into showing these shots from last years Spa 6hrs is that I’m packing my kit right now for the 2014 event. This will be my 4th year running at this classic endurance race; which shows how much love I have for the Spa 6!

And yes, I promise to show next weekend’s shots long before September 2015…

More from the Goodwood Revival coming soon……

More from the Goodwood Revival coming soon……

Another car that stood out for me at the Silverstone Classic was this beautiful Mk.I GT40. The livery schemes of these beloved racers are probably as iconic as the car itself, but somehow this less well known silver and yellow combo just looked so right in the pit garage….

I don’t usually take the carpet-bomb approach to capturing the perfect moment, but when it comes to the randomness of flaming exhausts, it can sometimes be the best option to just hold down that shutter button and hope something cool comes out. Fortunately, these Bavarian bruisers were happy to give me repeat performances during the Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft at the Nürburgring last weekend, and it seemed a shame to throw the ‘pre and post-ignition’ frames away….Full AvD Oldtimer GP post coming soon!

I don’t usually take the carpet-bomb approach to capturing the perfect moment, but when it comes to the randomness of flaming exhausts, it can sometimes be the best option to just hold down that shutter button and hope something cool comes out. Fortunately, these Bavarian bruisers were happy to give me repeat performances during the Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft at the Nürburgring last weekend, and it seemed a shame to throw the ‘pre and post-ignition’ frames away….Full AvD Oldtimer GP post coming soon!

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The Lotus 101 wasn’t the most successful F1 car (ok, it was pretty rubbish), but it’s a striking design from a period when F1 cars were in the ‘advanced yet pure’ sweet-spot between the clunky awkwardness of the 70’s and the contrived, aero-feature-afflicted look that we have today.

This one didn’t race at the Silverstone Classic, but it still attracted a lot of attention just parked in the conveniently shiny new pit box.

This isn’t the first Lola T70 I’ve done an 'Auto Focus' on, but it is the first Mk3B. There were quite a few of these beasts on track, but this one was the best to photograph thanks to the lush green bodywork and gold wheels. As if that wasn’t enough, check out the quilting in the interior! Class.

Next up from the Silverstone Classic is this gorgeous early 911. I’m not sure where the ‘tricolour’ bonnet scheme came from, but I’ve seen a similar approach - in orange, blue and yellow - on another neunelf at Le Mans Classic.

Silverstone Classic had an overwhelming number of incredible cars, but the one that really blew me away was the Jaguar XJR-14, in the Group C race. The XJR-14 took advantage of a shake up in the rules of Group C for the 1991 season, sacrificing drag for downforce (since fuel limits were lifted) and winning the championship in the process. This shift in aero requirements explains why it looks a lot sexier than the other endurance cars.

I was up in Northants last weekend shooting the Silverstone Classic for Classic Driver. I’d been looking forward to it for a long time, as I’ve only been to the circuit once before in 2005 when I was working as a driver for a car magazine. So it was another new and inspiring experience for me. After walking the whole of the 3.6 mile course, first on the inside of the track and then the outside - I can confirm it’s not the most photogenic track in the world (and that there is no shade), but then it does make for some exciting racing and the standard of machinery competing was so high it really didn’t matter. Also, the new pit complex (named ‘the wing’) adds some character and the clean, glossy floors in the garages offers up some great photographic opportunities.

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My excitement spiked when I received the entry list a couple of weeks before the event - not only would the Group C racers be there, but they’d be battling into the dusk for an authentic endurance experience! (another post on this to follow). The other unexpected treat was the ’90s GT Legends’ class, starring seven(!) McLaren F1 GTRs, two Porsche GT1s, a pair of XJ220s (one of which was badly damaged after catching fire, as seen above), a couple of Viper GTS-Rs and a flame-spitting F40 LM, amongst other significant race-cars. This class was officially not billed as a race, but a 'high speed demo run in which overtaking is allowed'…….you can imagine how that was interpreted by the drivers!

I found out after I got home that the weekend ended on a sad note, as Austin Healey specialist Denis Welch was killed when his Lotus 18 rolled during one of the final races on Sunday.