This disc containing 894 images covers all the British Grands Prix from 1974 to 2010 inclusive, plus the British held European Grands Prix and some 1970’s non-championship events.
All these events were held at three different circuits.
Brands Hatch alternated with Silverstone on ‘even numbered’ years until 1986 which was its last, although it did hold two European Grands Prix in ‘odd numbered’ years 1983 and 1985. Throughout this period, Brands Hatch remained relatively unaltered – the main change being in time for the 1976 Grand Prix when the paddock was re-sited, a new pit lane built with drive-in, lock-up garages and some of the track was re-profiled.
However, to appreciate the true nature of this circuit it is the images of the Grand Prix loop giving the appearance of a drive in the Kent countryside that do it justice.
Silverstone has hosted the Grand Prix uniquely since 1987. It has undergone several facelifts, additions and changes to the track layout and more recently (for 2011 – outside the scope of this collection) the re-positioning of the pits and paddock. Compare the images of the 70’s where the cars raced around an airfield perimeter road against a backdrop of green wheat, dissected only by a couple of runways, to the later versions on the disc where the infield is now a concrete jungle of heliports, car parks and various buildings. And the garden party atmosphere where once race-goers would picnic on plastic tables and chairs under giant sunshades has given way to corporate hospitality by way of huge marquees and private stands.
Donington Park held the European Grand Prix in 1993. As often happens when races are held in UK in April it was very wet and conditions at the circuit rather primitive even by the accepted standards of the time. But it was a photogenic circuit and the conditions helped provide one of the sport’s classic races and possibly Ayrton Senna’s greatest victory.
The title image shows the Brands Hatch pit lane in 1982 just before commencement of Friday morning practice and reflects very much the culture of the time. Despite drive-in garages, the cars are all lined up in the open whilst drivers and mechanics attend to last minute detail and the press look on and generally mingle about. There are no hidden gizmos or parts that the teams are desperately covering up or trying to hide from prying eyes, everything is on full display. The car nearest the camera is Manfred Winkelhock’s ATS and that is he in the red race suit.
Images are supplied on compact disc (CD) for playing on computers or compatible devices using Picasa Slideshow format (Picasa software included). All images are also supplied as individual files for downloading, saving and printing.
Note: Many of these images are taken from original prints, negatives and slides that are nearly 40 years old and are therefore not reproduced to the same standard as current day digital images. All reasonable attempts have been made to ensure these images are reproduced to the best possible standard, however, in some instances colour casts and blemishes may be present.