“We need some more imagery for the Fiorano marketing!”…

I am very proud to be involved with Omologato Watches. They create a great range of motorsport themed watches. The thought & details that go into each design all have meaning & steeped in motorsport history.

marketing watch image

Omologato Fiorano

Such as on this model, the Fiorano track is embossed on the back of the watch case, along with your limited edition number

Wrist watch

Fiorano Track layout on the back of the watch case

I am particularly proud of the Fiorano watch… as I have been involved in creating 100% of their marketing images for this campaign! So much so I have actually bought one!

I usually shoot the ‘lifestyle’ & ‘trackside’ images for them. So to shoot more studio based images was a nice change. I like to think I tell stories through my images. So with a relaxed brief it was fun to create scenes that could still do that. It’s amazing what you can with a few props.

Red watch tie cufflinks

Omologato Fiorano – Gentleman Driver

So much racing history encapsulated in a name & colour

Fantastic… it’s Goodwood Revival time again!!

I know I say this every time but the Goodwood Revival weekend is my absolute favourite event of the year. As soon as the dates are released, they go straight into my motorsport calendar.

Friday…

I was away last year & missed the Friday Practice/Qualifying Day. Diary cleared I made sure I wasn’t going to miss it this year. I was soooooo glad I did to…

Friday is mostly given over to Practice & Qualifying for the Saturday & Sunday race days. However the end of the day what is widely recognised as probably the most expensive grid in the world, The Kinrara Trophy takes to the track. A field made up of the likes of Ferrari 250GT SWBs, Aston Martin DB4s, AC Cobras, Jaguar E & D-Types is an awesome sight. Starting late in the day, the hour long 2-Driver race runs into the sunset. Some years it can be ok… other years, as it was this year, the light is simply stunning!!!!

Ferrari in sunset

Tom Kistensen driving Joe Macari’s 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB/C turns in at Woodcote during Kinrara Trophy 2019

2019 marks Bentley Motors celebrating their 100 years. To mark the occasion 30 ‘Pre-War’ Bentleys would compete in the Brooklands Trophy. These lovely old cars were garaged opposite the Media Centre. Normally I head home straight after the Kinrara Trophy race. This year I decided to go back into the paddock after last light  photograph these ‘sleeping giants’.

Brooklands Trophy for Pre-War Bentley sports cars

The paddock takes on a whole new life form after dark. I shall definitely be adding it to my shooting plans for future Goodwood Revival visits.

Saturday…

There is no other race meeting I can think of that has the unique atmosphere of a Goodwood Revival weekend. A motorsport paddock swaps the high tech of modern day corporate branding for tweed, flap caps & khaki overalls of the 1950s

mechanic with fingers in ears

Time to warm up the engines

All around the circuit Goodwood support staff & ‘character’ performers add to the fun. All in fantastic 1940s – 60s period dress worn by so many of the spectators.

Char Ladies

Out on the circuit, Practice/Qualifying was well underway. 100s of priceless racing cars & motorbikes would compete in 16 races over the weekend. Already there was plenty of exciting action to entertain the crowds.

Racing car kicks up dust

Nick Padmore in the 1958 Lotus-Climax 16

red racing car at chicane

Stunning sight & sound….Corvette Stingray

Sunday…

I have never owned a motorbike & only ever ridden one once. That was only round a small carpark… not for me! However I think some of these old historic racing bikes are lovely to look at. Boyyyyyy do they make a fantastic noise in the hands of the riders!

This year we were treated to former MotoGP superstar Dani Pedrosa making his Historic Racing debut. Partnered up with Joaquin Folch-Rusinol Jnr in The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. Together they squeezed every last drop of performance from the 1966 Hannah-Paton 500.

MotoGP superstar Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa on the 1966 Hannah-Paton 500

Motorbike in pit lane

Slick rider change-over in the Pit Lane

Live band play music

Great live music

Funfair in the dark

Funfair Across the Road

As the 3 day 2019 Goodwood Revival weekend came to a close with the Freddie  March Memorial Trophy. Across the Road spectators enjoyed the live music & last rides on the funfair for another year. Same place same time next year?….. Oh go on then, you talked me into it!!!

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for prints of that beautiful Kinrara Sunset & others…

“You ever been in a 1920s Pre War Racing Bentley?” You gotta love that as the opening line to a phone call!! Today I had an amazing experience on a commercial photography – behind the scenes shoot with Omologato Watches   They were having a short video filmed featuring their ‘British Racing Green’ watch & 2 1920s Racing Bentleys. My brief was to capture the making of this video as they drove around the countryside in the Bentleys… Ohhhh go on then!!!

A misty morning set the scene…

GSU 757 Bentley on gravel Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The star of the day…. GSU 757. Built in 1938 on a 1926 9″ Supersports chassis and fitted with a 1928 4.5ltr engine.

Star of the show was GSU 757, this beautiful Pre War Racing Bentley. This was one of the Bentleys from the Morley Racing Collection. It is a 2 seater racing car built in 1938 on a short 9 foot chassis. This was then coupled with a 4.5 litre engine, as used in the bigger Le Mans cars which apparently makes it very nimble.  As Shami Kalra, founder of Omologato Watches was soon to find out with Stuart Morley later ….

Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Search out Oli on his YouTube channel ‘Mumbo’ to see the video from today’s shoot

First Oli from YouTube channel Mumbo, needed to get some footage. Along with his hand-held ‘mobi’ mounted camera, he set up a camera rig on the bonnet of GSU 757 to capture Shami & Stuart driving through the lanes. A third camera was mounted to the back of Oli’s LandRover Defender camera-car for low angle tracking shots. It was a Proper Boys Toys kinda day!!

Porsche GT3 and cameras on Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

My Nikon D4 & 70-200mm set up looks lost on the end…. I wonder if they’re in value order???

A good selection of images around the yard safely in the bag, we were soon on our way. Stuart & Shami lead the way in GSU 757, while I followed behind in XI 6264. What an incredible experience to be driven in the back of this beautiful 1926 Bentley Vanden Plas by Stuart’s brother James.

1926 Bentley during Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Such a pretty car…. 1926 Bentley Vanden Plas, still with the original engine & chassis it was built with.

Sitting there being blown around in the open air, the loud exhaust & smell of the Castrol R engine oil. The car twitching constantly on it’s skinny tyres… it was easy to imagine the cars back in their heyday. I couldn’t help myself & had to have a go at editing some of the photos to give them an old Antique plate developed feel to them.

Feeling Nostalgic….

Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

1926 Bentley Vanden Plas – Antique plate version

1926 Bentley steering wheel Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

1926 Bentley Coupe steering wheel – Antique plate version

2 Bentleys in village street Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Village Street side view – Antique plate version

The end of the day was soon here & as the light started to fade there was just time to meet Grandad. Peter Morley had no doubt passed on his love & enthusiasm for racing these classic Bentleys to his Grandsons. You could still see the twinkle in his eye as he fired up another from his collection

Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Peter Morley in one of his beautiful Pre War Racing Bentleys

steam from hot engine during Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Moisture rapidly turned to steam as the engine fired up…

Thank you to Stuart & James from Morley Racing for allowing me to put a tick in a Life Box today. Thank you to Omologato Watches for asking me to shoot the ‘behind the scenes’ of their video. I hope I captured a feel of the day.

A larger collection from the shoot can be seen in

& here’s the finished

The 2018 Goodwood Revival weekend is my absolute favourite event of the year. One of the first to go into my motorsport calendar as soon as the dates are released.

This fantastic event shares a lot with the Silverstone Classic. Hundreds of rare and priceless cars, from historic yesteryear of motorsport. As if that wasn’t enough, add in the fantastic 1940s – 60s period dress worn by the vast majority of the spectating crowds. There is no other atmosphere like the Goodwood Revival weekend.

Saturday…

This year I was away & so missed the Friday Practice/Qualifying Day. So it was straight off the plane Friday night. Grab a few hours kip before up silly o’clock & off in the car for the drive to the circuit.

Lotus T16 wheeled to the track by mechanics motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Lotus T16 wheeled down Tow Road to the assembly area …. Love a sepia filter edit to give that old feel to a modern photo

I love the small details that make Goodwood Revival so special. The cars are pushed down Tow Road to the assembly paddock. Throw a sepia edit over this shot & if you missed the GoPro fixed to the crash hoop… it really could be a photo from the 1950s.

Enough of the sepia nostalgia, lets get back to the action. Out on track as ever there was no lack of commitment through the chicane.

Pit Garage motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Tony Woods lifts a wheel exiting the chicane

Pit board signal to yellow racing car motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Pit Board is out for the Hairy Canary

Growing up as a kid, we were into rallying as a family. Motorbikes was never really my thing. Since I’ve got into Historic Motorsport I quite enjoy watching this lovely old bikes. The rider swap-over in the Pit Lane is great action to capture.

Rider change in pit lane motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Riders change over quickly in the Pit Lane

I love the access to the cars in the paddock at Goodwood Revival. These beautiful cars are all very different unlike modern race cars that seem to all  be the same bar the colour schemes.

Rider change in pit lane motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Different nose shapes to 1960s F1

The pioneering engineers years ago make me smile…. I’d love to know the thought process when somebody had the idea of taking an aircraft engine & bolting it to a bike frame!!!

aircraft engine fitted to motorbike motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Lads, I’ve had an idea….I’m going to fit that aircraft engine to my motorbike!

Sunday…

After last year, when I had been lucky to be given a spare ticket. This year there was no chances being taken, I had already bought Mrs S a ticket for Sunday. She is not a massive motor racing fan, though she does like to watch Nick Padmore in his races. It’s the costumes & the dancing that make Goodwood Revival a great atmosphere for her. Her total number of events stands at 3, Revival 2017, Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 & now Revival 2018. I feel I may have set this bar a tad high!!!

ladies in period costume motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Ladies in period costume enjoying the atmosphere in the Pit Lane

What makes Goodwood Revival special…only here will you find a dance floor at a race track

As always I have half an eye on Nick Padmore. He was as quick as ever a round this circuit he knows so well. This year he had a great run in the Lotus T16s starting 3rd on the grid.

Lotus T16 on start grid motorsport photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Nick Padmore in Lotus T16 pulling onto the Grid

Sssssmokin !!! Nick launches into his Parade Lap!

He led for a lot of the race, but 1 missed gear change dropped him to 2nd place. Here he lights up the rear tyres at the start of his parade lap…. bloomin’ hooligan!!!

One day I will go to Goodwood Revival when I’m not working & take time to enjoy it for myself. Oh… & Mrs S has said already she wants to go again she enjoyed it so much!

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So when I got asked to do the photography for my future son-in-law Stag Party, I thought “uh oh..that could be tricky”. It then turned out that it involved clay pigeon shooting & grass track buggy racing… much better news! Add to it I would also have the chance to take part …. how could I say no!! As you probably have gathered, I don’t mind a bit of motorsport. In fact having thrown rally cars around many moons ago, I’ve spent half my life sideways.

Guest during clay pigeon shooting stag party photography by Ian Skelton Photography

…that’s it…now squeeze the trigger

The day started with clay pigeon shooting. The group was split into 2 teams & would have 10 cartridges at each of 3 different stations.

Guest clay pigeon shooting stag party photography by Ian Skelton Photography

See it…catch it…under it…squeeze!!

Guest during clay pigeon shooting stag party photography by Ian Skelton Photography

YESSssssss

Guest getting instruction during clay pigeon shooting stag party photography by Ian Skelton Photography

….you might find you’ll hit more if you pointed the gun up here!!!

All the guests had a great time & the banter was starting to flow. We left the clay pigeon venue & headed off for a spot of lunch before the Grasstrack Buggy racing.

Red rage buggy on grass during stag party photography by Ian Skelton Photography

These Rage buggies were pretty nippy when you got them wound up…

2 rage buggies race on grass during stag party photography by Ian Skelton Photography

…focused on getting past

Red rage buggy on grass during stag party photography by Ian Skelton Photography

….fastest time of the day

A fantastic day was had by all…. & Andre beat me to Fastest Time in the Buggy Racing. No matter how had I pedalled it, tried every trick I knew!! That red buggy was definitely quicker than the green one :)))

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For me the 2018 season has been a ‘classic’ year in every sense of the word. In May I was shooting at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix,  now I find myself at the 2018 Le Mans Classic. Having been there last year for the modern 24 Hour Le Mans race, I was really looking forward to seeing the difference.

The traditional Le Mans 24 hour race is as it says ‘on the tin’…a race lasting 24 hours. The Le Mans Classic is slightly different in that there are a series of races over a 24 hour period. The races were over differing durations & for 6 different ‘Grids’ of cars. These ‘grids’ have cars from different years competing against others from their period. Each car would compete in daytime & nightime races over the 24 hours of racing.

1930 Bentley at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The 1930 4.2 ltr Bentley Gp 8242 leads the way through the Ford Chicane during the 2018 Le Mans Classic

1929 Bugatti at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Jean-Marc Laffont looking ‘straight down the barrel’ in the 1929 Bugatti Type 51

As the grids progress through the year periods, the cars become more modern. The sleek areodynamic lines look a little more like the cars we see today in the 24 Hrs of Le Mans.

Lola T70 at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Driver change over in the Pit Lane for the 1969 Lola T70

Group C Porsche 962 race car at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The Tic Tac Porsche 962 leads the Group C cars through the Ford Chicane

Macari Maserati MC12 GT1 at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Joe Macari’s Maserati MC12 GT1

Walking around the paddock area there are amazing cars everywhere to look at. Great to be so close watching the mechanics working on the cars to get them ready to race.

1962 Ferrari bread van Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

…and he drove the fastest ‘Breadvan’ in the West

There is a fun atmosphere in the circuit paddocks too! Drivers getting into the Old-Timers spirit, while stars of WRC & F1 pose for photos on the grid.

racing drivers at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Getting into the spirit & nostalgia at Le Mans Classic

Sebastien Loeb & Felipe Massa at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Felipe Massa & Sebastien Loeb pose for photos on the grid with

The Le Mans Classic shares a special event with the Goodwood Revival Setterington Cup. Little Big Mans is a race for youngsters in some glorious miniature classic race cars. It’s a great sight as they do they traditional ‘Le Mans Start’ before heading off up the track.

Little Big Mans during Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Traditional ‘Le Mans Start’ …the children were a lot quicker than the adults at this!!

Just like the modern Le Mans 24 Hour race, the action continues through the night. Night time racing brings its own unique feel. I remember from my time as a rally driver really enjoying the night stages in the forests. The Pit Lane is still alive in the dead of night…

Night time in the Pit Lane at Le Mans Classic Motorsport & sports photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The Pit Lane at night takes on a whole different atmosphere

The noise & smell of these fantastic machines just takes you back to a golden age of motor racing. It is going to feel a long wait before the 2 years is up for this fantastic event to come around again!!!

A larger collection of photos from this fantastic Le Mans Classic can be seen on my dedicated Motorsport Photography website.  Or just

I have a little thing in my head, that I call a ‘Balcony Moment’. This is when you are sitting somewhere, on a hotel balcony with a cheeky glass of something cold. Looking at an amazing view, thinking “how on earth did I get here?!” Then you remember a moment back in time, a right place right time moment. In my case it was taking ‘a’ particular photo, that opened a doorway to an amazing journey. Those are my ‘balcony moments’…. & I was having one right now! My cheek pressed hard against the metal crash barrier Armco. Trying to get focus lock on, shooting through the gap as the Ex Niki Lauda Ferrari blasted into view. If you were standing next to me, even with ear plugs in, you would definitely have heard a slight giggle creep out…. “I’m only in the Tunnel, shooting the 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix!!?”

Ex Niki Lauda Ferrari during practice for the 2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

I flew in to Nice Airport on Thursday morning. A waiting taxi whisked from there straight to the hotel (I’ll see about a helicopter next time!!) Dropped the camera gear & was off to the train station for the 10 minute ride into Monaco. After finding the Media Centre, signing on & picking up my Press Passes, it was time to walk this iconic circuit of all circuits.

The Start line seemed logical place to set off & I was soon at Saint Devote, swinging right I headed up the hill. Walking up the right side pavement, every so often stopping to look back down through the kinks of Beau Rivage. Camera location cut-outs in the crash fencing would provide some great views. Up to the crest & the fast left of Massenet leads straight in to the famous Casino Square. I imagined the cars braking before flashing right past the barrier & down towards Mirabeau

“I imagined the cars braking before flashing right past the barrier & down towards Mirabeau…” Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

A down hill straight leads to the right hander of Upper Mirabeau. From the pavement on the outside I could see it would provide a great view. The cars would swing through Mirabeau, brake hard into the tightest hairpin in Formula One. Renamed several times over the years, The Grand Hotel Hairpin or Fairmont Hairpin after the hotel. I remember it as being Loews Hairpin when I was younger. A short squirt of power would bring the car to the lower Mirabeau. A great view from above of the cars around these corners

Another blip on the throttle & the cars would be at the tight right harder, Poitier. From here it was into that world famous Tunnel, swinging right as the daylight changed to artificial lighting. There was no way I was going to miss shooting in here!! Further round the right hander you could see the bright sunlight burning through the tunnel exit. What it must be like at 170mph in an F1 car as your eyes adjust from dark to light…amazing drivers!

It was then down the hill towards the braking point for the  ‘New chicane’. The cars would turn square Left – Right – Right – Left around the chicane before heading down the straight to Tabac. The inside of the first left gives a unique view, one of the few place on a Grand Prix track where there are no barriers in front of photographers. Sat on the tarmac it gives a unique view of F1 cars & the boats in the harbour.

Left at Tabac & the cars would immediately be at the most modern part of the circuit, The Swimming Pool complex chicane.  Exiting the left would then bring the cars along a long slight left to another iconic corner. Named after the bar on the inside of the hairpin right, La Rascasse. A wiggle from the rear end as the cars put the power down to pass the Pit Lane entrance on the right, & to Anthony Noghes. Then it was flat out along the Start/Finish straight again, a lap of just over 2 miles.

La Rascasse during practice for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

There was nothing else for it after 2 miles around Monaco Grand Prix Circuit in 25 degrees… Another ‘Balcony Moment’ in the making with a large cold beer at La Rascasse & pinch myself!!

Friday, Practice Day…. Saturday, Qualifying…

Thursday was a normal day (if there is such a thing) in Monaco, the roads were open to traffic. Friday morning had arrived & the roads were closed, there was a crackle of excitement in the air. Engines revved, mechanics were going through final checks, trolley loads of tyres were making their way down the Pit lane.

Tyres arriving during practice for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 on Friday 11 May 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

The Monaco Historic Grand Prix runs every 2 years & is a massive event in the Historic Racing calendar. I was so pleased to have been asked to go & cover the event for New Channel Media. Growing up watching motorsport on TV, the Monaco F1 Grand Prix was always ‘the’ race not to miss for me. This narrow street circuit has always produced incredible as the cars threaded their way around the 2 mile ribbon of tarmac. Here I now was having my ribcage rattled by the awesome noise of F1 cars from the 1950s to the 80s.

At so many race circuits I go to, even with my Media Pass I can still be a distance back from the track. Not in Monaco!! Such is the narrowness of the street circuit, as photographers we are right on top of the action.

Max Smith-Hilliard in his Lotus 16 during practice for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

Home to the rich & famous, play ground to the stars, all phrases often quoted about Monaco…. but Monaco wouldn’t be Monaco without the sprinkling of famous racing drivers in attendance. Eddie Irvine, Mika Hakkinen, Jacky Ickx & Derek Bell were just a few to be seen driving a range of historic race cars throughout the weekend.

Mika showing Eddie how to Hashtag during the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018

Jacky Ickx at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 on Friday 11 May 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

Derek Bell at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 on Friday 11 May 2018. Photo: Ian Skelton Photography

Sunday… Race Day.

After 2 glorious days of Mediterranean sunshine, Sunday Race Day dawned grey & overcast. Rain was forecast & the clouds were already creeping down the mountains… it was a case of ‘When’, not ‘If’ the rain came!

This unfortunately wasn’t the only problem to effect the day’s activities. I decided to recce the route to the podium ready for the prize giving after each race. To check the route & also decide if I wanted to be shooting down from the track or from the Press Box position. Making my way behind the Pit Lane garages, I caught a toe on the metal grid walkway & tripped. I had my Nikon D810 with 24-70mm  set up on my left shoulder & the Nikon D4 with 70-200mm lens on my right shoulder. Try as I might to save the cameras but sadly I smashed the D4 hard into the staging!!

2 mechanics saw me go down & helped me back up. Apart from the massive lump on my right knee the Nikon D4 had taken a huge impact & hadn’t survived. My ability to cover Race Day was now very compromised. I use 2 cameras all the time with a wide angle & long lens mounted. This way I can quickly react to the action as it happens. Now with only 1 camera working, I would have to decide what the shot was going to be at each location & fit the appropriate lens. My leg was getting stiffer by the minute & this made getting down to low angles very difficult… getting up again even harder!!

Then the rain came….& boy did it arrive!! This would make changing a lens tricky out on the side of the track. I really was down to choose the shot & stick to it, but the job was back on.

WET TYRE SAVING MODE – ACTIVATED!! The Token RJ02 jumps across the chicane kerb

At the end of long & tiring 5 days in Monaco all I can say is what an awesome experience. To shoot beautiful Historic F1 Grand Prix cars in such an iconic location has been a dream come true. Here’s to crossing everything I get an email land in my InBox inviting me to shoot it again in 2020.

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Greenpower Renishaw Goblins at Wotton-under-Edge

I love being a photographer & in particular a Motorsport Photographer. You just never know what or where you will be shooting next. One minute I can be in the Pit Lane at Le Mans & the next in a company carpark in Gloucestershire. Today I was covering Greenpower Renishaw Goblins Electric Kit Car racing for their photography partners, Spacesuit Media.

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity, aimed at encouraging young people of different age groups to get involved in science & engineering. They do this by challenging them to design, build & then race an electric car. They provide age appropriate kit cars differing in the amount of design/engineering input required & overall speed of the cars.

The Goblin class is the youngest age group, 9 – 11 year olds. The youngsters are encouraged to build the kit car themselves as part of school projects. They enjoying decorating them too, there some really cool cars out on track.

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

Parents & teachers are on hand to help but it’s a real team effort to prepare the cars on the day… Scrutineering over we were ready to race!!!

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

As with all races, it’s important to walk the track first to get a look at the course & track conditions. Some took this task more seriously that others… but they all had fun just the same!

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

The first event was a straight Drag Race. Two cars would line up against each other, each car doing 6 heats with different drivers so everybody could have a go.

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

After the first event it was into the Slalom. Runs were timed with penalties added for hitting any cones on the way. A 2 step push off from a team mate & then the cars were under their own power to complete the course as fast as they could. There was some determined faces out there I can tell you!

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Watton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

After a short lunch break it was time for the head to head racing. A 3 lap Heat & Semi Final would proved the teams for the 5 lap Final.

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Watton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Watton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Watton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

I have seen some close wheel to wheel racing on motor circuits around the country & the Goblins were no different…. not an inch was given up lightly, or at all sometimes!!

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

|Photographer: Ian Skelton|Event: Renishaw Goblins|Circuit: Renishaw New Mills|Location: Wotton Under Edge|Series: Greenpower|Season: 2018|Country: UK|

I had a great time & really enjoyed my first experience of Greenpower Electric Car racing. Who knows I may have seen a future World Formula One Champion today! I for one will be telling my brother about it & seeing if his boys can find a way to get involved.

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