A classic race

I met this guy that mentioned he races classic cars. I have always loved cars and a great way to be involved with something like this would be doing a small photo story on it.

So I got his details and started mailing him about the times and details and he happily obliged with all the info I needed. And so thats how I found myself on a very, very cold winters morning at Kyalami racetrack, in the pits in amongst all the really cool classic cars being prepped for racing.

It was early and the sun was just coming up over the horizon, the light in winter is just so beautiful especially on a cold clear morning. As soon as I walked into the pit area I knew this was going to be worth it.

There were so many┬ácars there, I couldn’t believe how large this was. There were hundreds of people there buzzing about getting the cars ready before the race, and the spectators had not even started arriving yet.

I could only spend a few hours there but got some really nice pictures to add to my portfolio, and I had a really nice time shooting this. There is another one coming up at Zwartkops raceway and im going to be there, to add to this story.

If you like cars, then you should get down to watch the racing, the pits are open to all spectators and you too can get up close and see everything in action. Its a wonderful day out!

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

One of my all time favourite cars, a nice old school bmw 3 series.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

Got that blue steel look before the warm ups happen.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

Some repairs are needed to be done pretty quickly so that the car can get back in the race.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

Preparation is everything here, the race is only a short part of the day for these guys.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

It was freezing that morning.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

Last minute work happening, these engines are pushed pretty hard.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

The spectators are keen too.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

 

That early morning light is the best!

A historic car race held at the Kyalami racetrack in July 2014.

7 Comments on “A classic race

  1. Doug, These shots are fantastic – I wondered if it would be good for you, if I forward these to the Historic Racing Club? Do you ‘protect’ them & then possibly sell them? Let me know & I will oblige. Really great, well done.
    PS: The very 1st. pic is of a car I used to own, a 1970 BMW CSi 3.0L – I sold it to a friend in CT who converted into this wonderful replica of the Batmobile racing CSL, now owned by K Eddy?
    Take Care, John.

  2. Doug, All I can say is WOW. this type of media would be an awesome drawcard for people not know enough about out passion for Historic motorsport. this needs to be published all over for everyone to see. I think it would make people start coming back to the tracks again as spectators.

    Awsome

    Regards
    Gavin Spiller

    • Thank you Gavin, I would like that to happen too. I am working on this project over time so I will be working on the right channels to broadcast this to.
      Doug

  3. This pictures show the inside of racing to everybody that is interested in motor sport, the sacrifice, the dedication/commitment, the tense moments before the start of the race.
    Spectators on the stands is what it is all about, about time that we allow them into our lives by making documentary like this public. Maybe a DVD can be borne later on?
    WELL DONE!!!

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