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If you’re a regular visitor here you would have no doubt seen my previous post about the Drive Classics meet last year held at the glorious St Michaels Manor Hotel. Well Sunday was the second event and it just gets better. Despite having a quick visit planned we stayed for a couple of hours and […]

Dogs, well that how it started. You see my other half loves dogs (mainly scruffy dogs) and I by default now love them too. Her social media is full of dogs, dog artwork, dog rescue, dog treats. She started following a local artist doing some beautiful wildlife (and dog) illustrations who happened to also be […]

Mr Torquer

Here’s one to look out for, hopefully hitting the strip at Dragstalgia later this year. Mr Torquer. A piece of UK drag racing history, revived and improved by current custodian Paul Dawson. We first saw it in primer ready to be painted by Steve of Chopping Body and Paint and couldn’t believe the interior detail […]

25 Years…

That’s how long Type 2 Detectives have been trading. Restoring and selling vintage Volkswagens and everything that goes with them. Styles have been, gone and come back again in some cases. As the purchase prices of the vehicles have risen in line with their rarity, the quality of work and parts available has risen too. […]

UK Nationals

October 2018, Santa Pod Raceway. The UK Drag Racing Finals. The finale of the drag racing calendar. Which I completely forgot to post! However, with some killer cars turning out and a fantastic social event to catch up with lots of friends it still seems fit to post, even if I am 6 months too […]

Merry Christmas

Just a little photoshop effort to wish everyone that reads my ramblings on here and instagram and very Merry Christmas. The original image I’ve added my car to is from the awesome (before health and safety went mad) ice races in Bavaria, captured in the footage below. Some stunning early 356s and brilliant commentary. Just […]

Porsche Outlaw Calendar

Honoured to be asked to have my car in the 2019 Porsche Outlaw Calendar. I set out to a friends farm to use one of his awesome nissen huts for the location. So cool to have my car and photograph amongst some of the toughest Porsche Outlaws in the world The calendar has been created […]

Delighted to have made the shortlist for the British Photography Awards with two of my photographs from this year. The first from the awesome Dragstaligia event at Santa Pod Raceway and the second of Bentley, a lovely lurcher we meet on our walkies here in Suffolk. To get one chosen image would have been amazing but two […]

Drive Classics Club

Tom Horna of Autohouse London and now Drive Classics embraced the social aspect of social media above and beyond what it usually stands for and arranged a meeting face to face, yes, actually in real life. He organised the first Drive Classics Club ‘Classics at The Manor’ event and invited us to partake, along with other […]

Viva Skegvegas VW Show

In an oversaturated calendar of car shows, Viva Skegvegas is a shining light. Organising power couple Toby and Sally (Walker/Chambers-Walker) and their crew have been hosting the Skegvegas VW show since it first appeared on the scene at a skate park in Skegness. This smaller affair has since grown to the current format housed at […]

Love a bit of late night artistry. A few beers, some cool cars, a borrowed workshop light and a sturdy tripod. Not my best work (probably the beer’s fault!) but lots of fun. Stuart Atlee’s simply stunning custom painted 56 Samba and Trevor Sharpe’s Dodge Tradesman were the victims for this particular evening.

Luft GB

Luftgekühlt has become more than just a word over the last 5 years or so. Translated from the German as ‘air-cooled’ the trademark is now, in the right circles, as synonymous with air-cooled Porsches as the name Porsche itself. The classic car ‘scene’ (I hate that word but stick with me) can be a stuffy […]

I tend to start most posts with a nod to the weather, usually poor, that I encounter on my jaunts to different motoring events. The idea that as a nation we’re obsessed with the weather may have some truth but with such unpredictability you can excuse us for being bemused when the weather fails to […]

Porsche Trackday

I’ve been meaning to go to one of these for a while now. Porsche Club GB put these club track days on at circuits around the country fairly regularly and having seen some photos of other days when I saw they had one coming up at Snetterton there was no way I was missing it. […]

Tarka’s Café

Set in a beautiful farm location, this wonderful new café asked me to come along on one of their first days open to take some photographs. Some of the general building which looks amazing, the staff and first customers through the doors. The thing that strikes you when you walk in is the fresh decor […]

The Historic Sports Car Club has been the mainstay of my photographic progression over the last few years. There’s been a deviation on the theme in recent months with some variation in subject matter of a more modern ilk. Much needed variation. I wasn’t getting bored of the historic classes but just needed something different […]

Back to the fabulous Krazy Horse emporium at the end of May for a day dedicated to Dodge. The main players in this escapade were a couple of muscle cars now in stock at Krazy Horse labelled as ‘not for sissys’. When you read the spec for one particular car, the other seems quite tame […]

Yes, coffee, bacon rolls and cars. Pretty much everything that can entice me to make a trip out. Not very far for this one either, to the magnificent village of Burwell, home of the Type 2 Detective’s flourishing headquarters. Having started life in Burwell many moons ago as Type 3 Detectives specialising in Volkswagen Type […]

356 International

The single most important Porsche 356 event of the year, organised by Porsche Club GB and I went! Well….. sort of. I would have loved to have gone for the whole event but due to varying factors I wasn’t able to get it booked. The whole event comprises of a few days of workshop tours, […]

Yes, more Classic Sports Car Club at the start of May. At the mighty Silverstone this time. Fantastic access and organisation on a brilliantly sunny day. The Silverstone Wing was open so we had a great vantage point looking down on the start/finish straight which was a first for me. Again the Future Classics and […]

Lurcher Walk

“I ‘may’ have been a part in organising a lurcher walk” says my other half. Everywhere we go whether it be on holiday, a trip to the shops, filling up with petrol, I mean the most mundane task possible, my significant other always manages to find a dog to tickle. It’s like we’re doing a […]

I shot a wedding

It all started with a “yeah of course I will….” then as the weeks passed, what started out as a ‘happy to help’ gesture turned into, I’ll confess, a couple of sleepless nights. Our lovely friends were the happy couple and it was such a relaxed approach to their happy day which definitely helped me […]

VSCC Autumn Sprint

Rockingham Motor Speedway, not the ideal location as Storm Brian blew through. The bitter winds however were well avoided by sheltering in the open pits at this amazing facility. On this particular day this was where the magic was happening anyway. Views of the sprint were limited as it was taking place on the very […]

PIE Performance

Contrary to my usual blogging style, bit of text, set the scene, here’s the photos….. This one has got to be a bit of a review too. I booked my 997 in with PIE Performance for a service as they are my local independent Porsche specialist. I did the usual, search online, read reviews etc […]

Another amazing year at Silverstone for the legendary Classic. We spent two days there soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying a multitude or racing from all fields of classic racing. Previously having only spent one day there I certainly realised it’s got to be two. There’s still stuff I didn’t see on track, it’s just […]

Salt and Sand

Salt and Sand night to be precise, another meeting at the Krazy Horse Dealership/cafe in Bury St Edmunds. The salt and sand theme of this particular night encouraged the presence of Hot Rods, customs and VHRA sand racers fresh from Pendine and there was a spectacular turnout. The star of the show was the beautiful […]

The Kingshead Klassik

Can’t believe it has been a year since the last one. Another super chilled day with friends in a field of Porsches, thanks to Karmann Konnection for another great day out.

Spirit of Munro

I was lucky enough to see the Spirit of Munro in person. A stunning tribute to land speed record legend Burt Munro and his Munro Special, famous for breaking the under 1000cc speed record at Bonneville in the late 60s. The culmination of years of progress documented in the film ‘The Worlds Fastest Indian’. A […]

Krazy Nights

As the cars and coffee craze sweeps the world, we trekked over to the ‘Late Nights’ Bike, BBQ and Band night at the awesome Krazy Horse Cafe/dealership/custombikemecca in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Our first visit over there, and what a place it is. If you’ve not been then you really should as it’s quality what […]

The Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix weekend was a feast of awesome machinery hurtling round the famous Brands Hatch tarmac, I just visited for a few hours on the Sunday but still saw plenty of action, from vintage formula Fords to 70’s endurance racers. There was an unfortunate incident in the Guards Trophy race (see […]

Bitter Sweet

Its a strange predicament, as the title suggests, bitter sweet. Photography is about capturing moments, recording history. The right place right time scenario occasionally presents itself and it should be grasped with caution. We had just arrived at Brands Hatch for a Sunday of the Historic Sports Car Club’s Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix. The Guards […]

Essex Outlaw

Paul Stephens along with Total 911 Magazine’s Lee Sibley were responsible for hosting the Essex Outlaw night. A chance to meet and greet Urban Outlaw Magnus Walker at the super impressive Paul Stephens Porsche HQ in Halstead. It was an open invite for all Porsches and that’s exactly what they got. The car park soon filled up […]

The Kingshead Klassik

The Kings Head Klassik There’s something special about a first event, especially when your hosts are the Kings. With a wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts Ritchie, Angela and their Karmann Konnection team worked hard throughout the day to fulfill their promise of a ‘grass roots’ event. The location of the picturesque village of Bradwell […]

911 & Porsche World and Classic Porsche Magazine Picnic

A trip out to Mapledurham House in my 356 for a lovely chilled day out at the porsche picnic. A good variety of cars turned up despite a few rain showers. A stunning location too, used in the classic WWII movie ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ and the Black Sabbath album of the same name. This […]

Hedingham Joust

Castle Hedingham was once again the venue for this heavyweight match of medieval gallantry and justice as the Knights of Destrier rode out onto the hallowed castle grounds for merriment and jousting on the August bank holiday weekend. This isn’t WWE, it’s not Hollywood, this is the real deal. Real steel armour, real lances, real […]

Light Painted Porsche

Went to see my good friend Ian with his stunning 912 to take some shots of him, his cars and his workshop for a future project and ended up getting my magic wand out after dark to capture this image, made up from 8 exposures. Each exposure lighting up a different section of the car, put […]

The Brenizer Method

So it must be pretty mind blowing to have a photography technique named after you. The Brenizer method named after Ryan Brenizer is just that. Its basically a technique with a digital SLR that creates a look more common in a large format film camera. It enables you to get a wide format image with a […]

The Brooklands Reunion

The 7th of August, 1926. Brooklands motor racing circuit, the first British Grand Prix, organised by speed record legend Henry Seagrave. Fast forward 90 years and what better way to celebrate than at Brooklands itself, with some of the original cars from that very race in attendance. With these and other Grand Prix cars through […]

Lee Maynard’s Renault Dauphine

Only 2 days to go before Lee Maynard’s Renault Dauphine is back out on the strip up at Gary’s Picnic at Shakespeare County Raceway. Along with 10 other cars from the Outlaw Flat Four drag racing club, with some European cars also making their way over for the event, it should be a spectacular weekend.

The two HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy races at this year’s Donington Historic Festival were arguably the most entertaining from a spectators view, added rain during the race on Saturday of course added further to the excitement as priceless cars from the era hurtled round the famous circuit celebrating the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Donington Grand […]

DJI Osmo

So I treated myself. After much research into gimbals for SLR’s, iPhones etc. The Osmo from DJi seemed the best option for portability, quality and budget so I took the plunge. I’ve been following it’s progression since its launch last year and after a few firmware issues it seemed it had reached a decent point […]

Duxford -The Return

Last May we invested in an annual pass for Duxford as the American Air Museum Hangar was closed for refurbishment and we hoped to revisit before our year was up. It finally opened just before Easter so we returned to see what was new. Safe to say we weren’t disappointed! The new display is packed […]

Spent a great morning out at Sibson Aerodrome a couple of weeks ago. Rode shotgun in my good friend Steve’s 1930 Model A Ford (more of that to come later). There was a good turnout of cars, and oddly enough, a dog in a handbag. Here’s the link to their Facebook page if you’re a local […]

Ruby

One beautiful dog! This is Ruby, she’s a Vizsla Boxer cross owned by some good friends of mine. I’d seen photos before but not actually met Ruby till last weekend. And what a little stunner she is. I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera when the morning sun lit her her through my window. Dog portraits […]

Porsche Trimmers

Shots from a recent workshop shoot at Classic FX in Surrey. Quality of their workmanship, attention to detail and originality is superb. They even have Porsche Pepita Houndstooth manufactured to 100% match the original fabric and is available to purchase by the metre via their website here. See more from the day’s shoot on the project […]

Inspiration is all around

Literally all around. Standing in a kitchen I had to break out my camera, inspired by the beautiful design of a Joseph Joseph utensil set, to the ultra modern projection of a Bosch dishwasher onto a tiled floor.  Never stop being aware of your surroundings, there’s always something worth looking at twice.

Appuldurcombe House

An empty shell of a grand house built in the 18th Century, damaged by bombing during World War II and never repaired. The interior was stripped and sold leaving this magnificent but sad empty hulk. At present open to the public as an English Heritage site, but was recently for sale as part of the […]

When the fog draws in

Fog is a very special phenomena. Maybe the meteorologists amongst us can predict it’s occurrence but I certainly can’t. When it does though, the chances of me being ready to take full advantage are unfortunately slim. I’m usually in my studio / in traffic / indisposed with some force beyond my control keeping me from going out […]

Seascape updates

New updates on my Isle of Wight Seascape project from the end of this summer. All of my images are for sale as prints or framed ready to hang. I print in house up to 1.5m wide in beautiful HP vivera inks and can advise on the best frame or mounting options to suit your […]

Any Fort in a Storm

A few days spent in one of my favourite places always leads to a a feeling of calm despite the weather.This particular evening was stormy to say the least. Standing on a beach in the pouring rain, low tide. Wrapped up in waterproofs, myself and my camera. Wiping the lens after every shot. Big rain drops, the […]

1964 Le Mans

Just sat down for a coffee break to catch up with some youtube viewing and found this film of the 1964 race at Le Mans. I think at 1.40 into the footage you can just make out the 33 Ben Pon 904 featured in the previous blog post leaving the start. Or is it my […]

Waiting for the Spitfires

Today was Battle of Britain Day, celebrating 75 years since the Battle of Britain. 40 Planes leaving Goodwood from midday and flying several routes ending up at some of the main airfields used during World War II. We decided to view from Culver Down on the Isle of Wight as it looked from the route […]

Open Gardens at Audley End

The splendid gardens at Audley End in Saffron Walden were fully open for viewing along with there being plant and flower traders in the grounds. The house is simply stunning and the gardens also. Have a look at their website to see what events are on, and if you’re English Heritage members take your membership […]

The WPS Porsche 912

Washing cars is never a chore when the car is curvy like a beautiful lady – too far? maybe, but caressing life back into the paintwork on Ian clark’s new porsche 912 was definitely a pleasure. WPS stands for Wolfsburg Performance Services, proprietor Ian specialises in building performance engines of the air-cooled variety, Volkswagen, Porsches, Fiats. […]

Feeding the Sloths

Sloth Experience

Had a lovely day at Colchester Zoo last week. My better half Claire had been given a ‘Sloth experience’ for her birthday. To say she was excited is a massive understatement as she hopped about like a toddler till we got there. Really tricky taking photos of the ‘actual’ experience as it was through tinted […]

The Father’s Day classic car show at Audley End saw a nice variation of metal on display. Highlights were the Jowett Jupiter and the late 30’s Ford Deluxe Coupe. Set in the grounds of the splendid Audley End House in Saffron Walden, Essex. See more of this beautiful English heritage site on the Life Projects page

I went to the Donington Historic Festival over the first May bank holiday weekend. Privileged to be asked along to take photo’s for Classic Porsche Magazine of this 356A racer owned by Steve Wright and co-driven and maintained by Ian Clark of Wolfsburg Performance Services. Racing in the pre 66 GT class, the car is undergoing constant […]

Everywhere. Took this shot from the passenger seat on a trip out one evening. I’ve learnt over the years to always (where possible) take a camera. Years of using an SLR with a phone for backup I found myself using my phone more than not. It was only when I upgraded my SLR I soon […]