A least four camera club members were at the Kop Hill climb event on Saturday. It was drizzling with rain for most of the morning. Des and I decided to walk part way up the hill and found the higher ground with the covering of the trees was a more comfortable spot to stand in. I unsuccessfully tried some panning shots of the cars on the hill run. After a while the rain eased and we headed down to the entertainment area for some refreshments which also enable me to photograph a few cars a lot nearer.
After which we went back up the hill to have another go at panning, however much as I tried, my camera was not going to give me the effects I wanted but I knew a man that had the know how and was now ready to start shooting.
These four shots are all taken by club member Des Fox which they show the panning effect
Around 12:30 the course was red flagged for lunchtime, so we head back down the hill again and it drizzled more heavily. Most were taking the miserable weather in their stride
The start of the afternoon session was a group of mods and rockers being pursued by two police cars, one of which was being driven by our club’s chairman Chris
It was still raining so we sort refuge in a covered stand which overlooked a hedge on to the road. It was all over in a matter of moments and we realised the police car of Chris’s was the blue and not the white one lol.
The cold wind blowing the rain through the stand wasn’t too pleasant as about 50 children in yellow shirts began a race up the course, so we headed around to the start where some of the official stewards were in discussion
At 2.00pm the official safety car was out with the red flag awaiting clearance before checking over the course. Safety was paramount and each car driver had to be wearing a coloured wristband to say they have attended the official course safety briefing beforehand. Not sure whether this all inclusive band got them a free burger afterwards lol.
Official clearance was given and at 2.00pm and a mini driven by ex rally driver Paddy Hopkirk which was said to have Mary Berry as a passenger approached the start for the ‘Great British Roar Off’. I think there has been a secret bidding auction for charity during the week and Mary may have won it. Mary didn’t get out of the car, as I think the ground underneath was too wet and spongy but no doubt not opening the door she was hoping for a quick rise up the hill to add the icing on the cake (sorry).
A continuous line of vintage cars followed to wait their turn and then attempt the hill run to the top
Even vintage motorbikes
Some of which needed a push start
More vintage cars followed
And most of the drivers dressed in character
I could put pictures on here all day of different models
But hopefully this selected few will give a flavour of the event
The smell of the Castrol R here brings back memories of my speedway days now which one is Split Waterman lol
The rain cleared up and we crossed the road where there was a massive field of cars, entertainment, stalls and even a wall of death. Every car could be photographed up close along with others that were just on show for the weekend
I have never seen so many vintage and classic cars in one place. There were even the high end main dealers exhibiting the latest models.
Here is a closer view of the Police cars we missed earlier
Despite the earlier rain it was quite an enjoyable day