This was my first trip to the Silverstone Classic, and boy was it a big one! I had seen beautiful photography from this event many times but my love of all things Goodwood has meant I haven’t had the budged to get out here yet. Well I managed to do it in 2016, and I may be doing this instead of the Goodwood FoS in 2017, only time will tell. But it was one hell of a motor sport event, I spent 2 days and 1 night inside the confines of Silverstone Circuit.
I took my Sony A7, FE 55mm 1.8, FE 70-200 F4, Sony RX100 Gen 1 and because I wanted to shoot film I also brought my Minolta Dynax 7 and it’s “Beercan” 70-210 F4. Needless to say my backpack was heavy as hell, thank god I didn’t have to walk very much.
This was about my 4th time visiting Silverstone so I have my spots to hang out and shoot picked out. Which means that I spend most of my time between Becketts and Club. My main goal was to try and get some nice evening shots at sunset of the Group C/GTP cars out on track. I must admit I didn’t think to much about where the sun would set relative to the track and being at Club didn’t provide me with the lighting environment I wanted exactly. But golden hour is still golden hour no matter where you’re looking and I did get some nice photos of the cars with their headlights on and such. I need to find out where the best spot to be at sunset is though, next year!
Each event I go to at Silverstone I seem to get more and more access. For the Silverstone Classic not only is the paddock open, but so are the garages. I can’t help but feel I’m doing something wrong by meandering around the garage while people are actively working on cars, but hey, if they say it’s cool it’s cool!
One of the great things about the Silverstone Classic is that it’s also the yearly meca for many many different car clubs. You could spend 1 entire day just wandering around looking at all the different cars from the various clubs in attendance. I spent way to much time wandering around the Lotus area, and never did find a gen2 Exige. However I did find a nice row of about 10 Lancia Stradales, not something you will see every day.
I also brought my Dynax 7 film SLR to shoot some film. I thought it would be great to capture some classic cars racing around a classic circuit using classic technology! To ensure I got keepers, I did test shoots using the A7 and 70-200 F4 to figure out what settings got me the most keepers. I then transferred those settings to the Dynax and blasted away, and it worked out really well.
I’ll be gong back to the Silverstone Classic next year, probably instead of going to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. I’m also incredibly excited about the possibility of shooting the entire thing on film next time. Lets see how we go, developing film is very expensive but I think it just looks so great I may have to do it. Next year maybe I’ll just take the Dynax and CLE, I should start saving for the development costs now.