The days contract, the temperature plummets, the leaves fall from the trees, it is December once again. The top of my personal hour-glass is a year’s worth of sand less than it was just 12 months ago. I suspect that particular glass is more than half empty despite my abiding optimism. So what does this handful of dust represent? In reality not much, my personal Hejira is just chicken scratching, of little lasting consequence. Perhaps the one thing that was of note is writing for the SpeedHunters’ Tribe. So in common with the other esteemed contributors I will use the short days and lack of events to cover as an opportunity to mull over the images of 2010 and offer them once again for your entertainment and hopefully, approval.
2010 was a year when the light did not shine at the tracks and also in so many other ways, dull day after dull day, produces photography that does not pop. How I envy those who work the sunny side of the street but if our job can be distilled into one catch phrase it would be “Turn Chicken S*** into Chicken Salad”. So you just try and achieve the optimal outcome with the ingredients that are to hand.
So are the results haute cuisine or ………? Try some and let me know.
It is said that it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive but not all journies for us SpeedHunters involve long distance. The VolksWorld Show back in March was held on my doorstep at Sandown Park race course, so instead of the place being full of horses and mad punters, there was a different kind of fanatic. The VW brand inspires fierce loyalty and the venue was jammed packed with Wolfsburg’s finest.
Those of you who missed the post can find it HERE
I liked the weathered effect on this badge.
Of course things happen to you while out SpeedHunting or rather in this case to my trusty Canon that disintegrated while I was shooting.
Full story is HERE
Some days weird things happen.
Long distance trips have been few and far between this year. In March I made it over for the Sebring 12 Hours. As ever the classic held in the Central Highlands of Florida attracted a huge crowd. If the action at the head of the field was a little thin, there was no doubt about the intensity of the battle for honours in GT2. It was great to see Team Falken and Wolf Henzler run at the head of the pack during the opening stint.
With Audi absent Peugeot let their two 908 diesels fight for victory, it was flat out all the way.
Prior to Sebring there was a chance to visit the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, a wonderful event from soup to nuts. It is one that has to go onto any serious SpeedHunters “Must Attend” list.
A Rolls Royce in Peruvian Walnut…………………what can you top that with?
Another “Must Attend” event is the Nurburgring 24 Hours with 170 cars watched by 220,000 spectators over the majestic Nordschleife. Incredible.
The Lexus LF-A pair run by Gazoo Racing cross the line to take the SP-8 class win. A few weeks later the boss of Gazoo racing, Hiromu Naruse was killed in a road accident near the Nordschleife. A true SpeedHunter, Naruse has worked for Toyota since 1963 and was their Chief Test Driver and was largely responsible for the development of the LF-A.
From the wilds of the Eifel Mountains I was on the 24 Hour treadmill again a few weeks later at Le Mans. More on that in a future post
One of the events that stood out was, as might be expected, the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Alfa Romeo’s 100th Birthday was a good excuse to celebrate this Italian marvel.
The 3.5 litre Group C Alfa had not been seen outside the museum before and yet here it was a in the lower paddock.
You can get another taste of Italy HERE
There was tranquility and grace on the lawns…….
Simple but very cool.
Power on the Hill. See more HERE
The were legends everywhere you looked, sometimes the star…….
Sometimes the car……..
But the element running through and linking all this was speed.
Speed………..The Festival of Speed at Goodwood is another on the “Must Attend” list, though next year I may have a cunning plan………..the final reminder is HERE
The lawns of The Royal Hospital in Chelsea saw a newcomer that showed promise, The ChelseaAutoLegends. More HERE
Back on the tracks, BMW ran their final season in the WTCC, leaping into DTM in 2012.
GT1 finally got a World Championship with pretty good racing.
However despite some new blood, the song remained the same.
The Spa 24 Hours evolved as a result of the GT1 changes and nearly gave BMW a win to match their Nurburgring 24 triumph……more HERE
However in GT2 it was Porsche’s year with BMS Scuderia Italia taking the top spot in the Belgian Classic.
OK it is my honour to kick off the December review of 2010, there will be much more to come from both the other contributors and myself. So keep logging in, you never know what you might find.