Thursday, June 22, 2017

Behind the scenes at Harewood Speed Hillclimb

If you have read some of my earlier posts, you will have no doubt picked up on the fact that I recently attended an event at Harewood Speed Hillclimb, near Leeds, Yorkshire. I enjoyed a great day out with my daughter (who also enjoys photography) and the weather was as it should be: dry, sunny with a gentle breeze to help keep one cool. It did look like rain early on but thankfully the day was without rain.

One of the great attractions of Harewood Speed Hillclimb is that it's big enough for there to be plenty to see (and photograph... that is if you like to see cars of all types racing up a hill against the clock! It's also small enough to be a friendly place, with lots of access to the vehicles and their drivers, along with their mechanics etc (often family members). You can walk around the paddock and get up close to the vehicles and if you so desire, say 'hello' and be rewarded with a friendly smile. If you time things right, usually during the breaks between runs, or after the driver has completed their final run, you can chat about the cars and get to know a bit more about their history. It also helps if you ask how the day went for the driver and car. Certainly, I can highly recommend a visit if you are at all interested in motor sport or even if you just want plenty of opportunities to get up close to the vehicles and get some photos.

Here is a selection of some of the 'behind the scenes' images I took on the day. All of them were taken on my Fuji X-T2, with the FUJINON LENS XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR and the FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF1.4X TC WR.

I edited the images in Raw File Converter EX 2.0 (powered by Silkypix), but didn't do any major editing other than tweaking exposure (usually just + 1/2 EV), white balance (5500k), some sharpening and choosing Provia/Standard Film style.

Bill Stevenson in his Westfield SE 
Waiting to move up to the start: Bill Stevenson again.

Final checks before the start of the timed run.

Stewards keep a watchful eye over proceedings

Daniel Hollis in his Caterham 7 waits for the signal from Steward

A chance to relax as the day is almost over

Pre-war Morgan 4/4 belonging to 
George Proudfoot 

Time to go home - 
Speedwell Sprite of Peter Fletcher 

Almost ready for the off - Ginetta G4 of 
Matthew Eady 

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