Silverstone Classic 2018

What an eventful day it proved to be at Silverstone Classic on Saturday 21st July, the morning started at the Media Centre to collect my media pass and Official Photographers bib which gave me access track side. Some very nice Tesla owners gave up their day to drive media people and VIP's to designated points during the event. 

The first 5 races took place at the National Paddock during the morning with the remaining 7races taking place at the International Paddock in the afternoon.

The variety of photographs from the days events show track side activity, World GP Bike Legends before an exciting demonstration. On the podium there was happiness and victory for the likes of Christophe D’Ansembourg, William Nuthall, Jake Hill, Steve Tandy and Nick Padmore amongst others. 

For those of you who are interested in my kit, I used Nikon bodies D750 and D700 with prime lenses 18mm and 50mm and zooms 70-200mm and 24-120mm with a Nikon Speedlight SB-910, I also introduced to the mix a Fuji XT-2 body with a16-55mm lens for when the other bodies became too heavy!

I hope you enjoy the photographs and the story they each tell of an action packed day, scroll down to see the link to further images and the results of the day.

To view further images of the day please follow this link and to find out the results of the races please click here.

Thanks for reading.

Stella

British Grand Prix 2018

I gained accreditation to attend the pre-race days at the Silverstone British Grand Prix on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July to photograph Sergey Sirotkin.

Sergey is the young Russian driver currently competing with Williams-Martini, one of the worlds leading Formula One teams, to give a behind-the-scenes look at what this up and coming racing driver does in the Paddock before a race. The photographs will feature in a Russian, London Lifestyle Magazine called Rutáge, which is due for publication in August, once this has taken place I will be able to share my blog about Sergey next month.

Whilst I was in between photo-calls I managed to capture other Formula One racing greats, including Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes AMG Petronas; Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkonen; Team Principal Christian Horner of Red Bull Racing and drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen; Vijay Mallya, Team Principal of Sahara Force India and drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. Others to look out for are Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso from the McLaren Formula 1 Team, and Brendan Hartley and Pierre Gasly from Scuderai Toro Rosso, also George Russell currently competing in Formula 2. 

The Paddock was a hive of activity with drivers, technicians, engineers, media teams and crews, Team Principals and visitors, including tours for small groups of school children and children from Great Ormond Street Hospital - there were racing heroes from the past including Damon Hill signing autographs.

The photographs above are a selection from my two days, showing the Sky Sports F1 live broadcast on the grid featuring fun and games in front of the fans in the grandstands, autograph signing and interviews. To see a wider selection of images simply click here to the events section of the website.

To obtain media accreditation to the British Grand Prix I had to apply to the FIA requesting permission, stating the nature of my intended visit, once permission was granted I was able to bring my ideas together for the feature on Sergey Sirotkin.

The scrolling photographs above show the different passes that all media accredited people are given for security purposes, and to make their time and workflow efficient, these include car parking, media room, Pit Lane and Paddock access.

It was a fascinating and fully engaging experience which opened my eyes to the wonderful world of Formula One. 

Thank you to the FIA for issuing me with a Paddock Pass, Williams-Martini for their hospitality and co-operation, Rutáge for commissioning the story, and the other people behind-the-scenes at my studio, but not forgetting a very big thank you to Martin Turner for steering me in the right direction, without him this would not have happened!

I interviewed and photographed Martin last month for an 'In Conversation with..' blog which can be read here

Coming in August my blog about Sergey Sirotkin 'Under the Helmet' ...

Thank you

Stella

In Conversation With: Martin Turner

This month's In Conversation With... is with Martin Turner, Former Head of Formula One - Sky Sports & Sky Europe, BAFTA winner. 

Martin is Sky’s longest serving employee with 33 years at the coal face!

The photographs above show Martin at home in his garden with his beloved dog Sherman and in his games room with two much prized Bafta masks, one belonging to him and one to his father.

Q. What was your childhood dream?

A. To play any sport for England and tennis at Wimbledon.

Q. What did you play?

A. I was a tennis coach and an aspiring badminton player, Captain of Kingston Polytechnic and played for Woldingham. 

Q. What did you do when you left school?

A. I went to Kingston Polytechnic to study French and English. At the age of 22 I was a tennis coach for Club Med and when I came back I realised that I wanted to become a director in sports television.

Q. How did you get your first job at Sky?

A. I worked as a trainee video operator at Molinare, we were broadcasting SKY channel in the early days in the early 1980’s - I got to know the people working there and when a position became available I went for the interview as assistant transmission controller.

Q. How did you get into Formula One?

A. When Sky surprisingly got the rights to broadcast Formula One in 2012 I was asked by the MD of SKY Sports, Barney Francis, if I would create a specific sports channel for Formula One. 

Q. What was it like winning a BAFTA and what category did you win it for?

A. The BAFTA was for rugby union for England vs New Zealand 26-26 in1997 when I was 39 years of age. I mirrored my father's achievement for the 1966 world cup when he was 39 as well.

Q. What did your father do?

A. He was head of outside broadcast for Rediffusion and Thames Television.

Q. Now that you have left Sky how are you spending your time?

A.  I consult for Formula One management (the people who run F1) at Biggin Hill working with young producers in a mentoring and creative ideas role.

Q. Why did you retire?

A. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the end of 2014, over the following two years my wife and I discussed how to re-evaluate the work life balance and we made the decision that the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix would be my last Grand Prix. Having worked full on for 33 years achieving a comfortable life balance was essential to our well-being.

I’m currently working with Parkinson UK on an ambitious project to lobby government for more research funds into this incurable neurological disease. This link tells you more.

The photographs below show Martin during his Formula One days looking very relaxed and at home.

Many thanks to Martin for taking the time to tell me about his career, I very much enjoyed talking to him and hearing about his fascinating career, the above is just a snippet about this illustrious man. I wish him well with his retirement which I’m sure will be just as fascinating.

Stella

 
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The London Motor Show 2018

On Thursday 17 May The London Motor Show at ExCel opened it's doors to an exclusive afternoon to the press, trade and VIP's to showcase all the event has to offer.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent officially opened the show with an entertaining mix of cars and interviews with professionals in the industry. I enjoyed photographing the afternoon at it's new venue having previously been in Battersea Park from its beginnings three years ago.

Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok interviewed DriveTribe CEO Jonathan Morris and Chief Marketing Officer Jim Murray-Jones as well as interviews hosted by Steve Nash (CEO IMI) with guests David Williams - Technical Director at AXA and Fuzz Townshend from TV show CAR S.O.S

Below are a few of the highlights from the evening. The show is on until 20 May with doors closing at 5pm this is the link to their website. To see additional images from the event please follow this link.

It was a fun afternoon and good to meet old friends, make new ones too and of course to see what's new in the world of cars. Enjoy!

Stella

The London Classic Car Show 2018

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On Thursday 15 February, I packed up my camera and headed over to London’s ExCel’s Exhibition Centre for the fourth annual London Classic Car Show. For those of you who have not been, the show celebrates beautiful, classic motoring nostalgia in a dramatic setting and it is one of the highlights of my year!

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This year’s show was opened in a dramatic fashion by three well-known TV motoring presenters; Alex Riley (BBC One Show), Jonny Smith (Fifth Gear and Mud, Sweat & Gears) and Quentin Willson (BBC Top Gear, Fifth Gear and The Classic Car Show).  It was clear right from the opening that the show was going to be bigger and better than ever before. 

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Once again, an enormous indoor race track, known as the ‘Grand Avenue’, ran through the centre of the ExCel, enthralling visitors and allowing them to see – and hear – some of their favourite classics in action. The car above is a 1907 Stanley H4 Gentleman's Speedy Roadster, the hypercar of its era.

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Getaway Cars

The show paid homage to ‘Getaway Cars’.  This was an evocative tribute to those vehicles made famous in movies or used in headline grabbing real-life robberies and was curated by Philip Glenister, aka DCI Gene Hunt from BBC police dramas Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.  

Alongside the vehicles made famous for dramatic escapes, the show welcomed their very own celebrity drivers with actor Nick Moran of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels reliving various of his film roles at the special display. 

Nick Reynolds, the son of Bruce Reynolds, was reunited with the very Lotus Cortina that his late father used to stake out the Great Train Robbery in 1963. The Lotus has just 3,500 miles on the clock and is still fitted with the same tyres that helped the police to hunt down the gang!

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Nick Moran with the Italian Job Mini Cooper brought to London.

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Nick Reynolds with his father Bruce Reynolds' Lotus Cortina used in The Great Train Robbery.

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RAF Red Arrows and Aston Martin Owners Club

Squadron Leader Adam Collins from the RAF Red Arrows was on the Aston Martin Owners Club stand with a Vanquish S Red Arrows limited edition model, which was recently raffled for a huge £1.5m, earning for the RAF Benevolent Fund. He was joined by Humphrey Bradley from south east London – the lucky man who won the car.

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Lister Thunder Launch on the Grand Avenue

The opening evening witnessed a pair of major global car launches with two of Britain's most iconic marques unveiling spotlight-stealing new models. First Morgan took the wraps on its latest +4 Club Sport and then Lister revealed its never-seen-before Thunder. 

This year’s theme was ‘Specials’, which put the spotlight on an eye-catching gathering of road and race cars steeped in history and mystique. No fewer than 60 hand-picked classics were fired up for jaw-dropping, not to mention very noisy, displays on The Grand Avenue.

As the dramatic live show came towards its conclusion, the show opening trio of Riley, Smith and Willson selected four stand-out cars with a combined value of more than £3m to join the parade: a 1931 Bentley 8-litre; a highly-original 1961 Jaguar E-type; a 1992 Jaguar XJ220 and a 2015 McLaren P1 hypercar – a classic car of the future. 

The trio was joined by former Blue Peter and GMTV presenter Anthea Turner for the photograph next to the Lister Thunder.

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The Morgan latest +4 Club Sport takes its place on the Grand Avenue.

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Presenter Alex Riley with the 1961 Jaguar E-Type and 1931 Bentley 8 litre.

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A 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Gurney Nutting - a shimmering silver masterpiece of the coachbuilders' art.

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A 1989 Lotus Judd Type 101, Chassis no 3 - an aerodynamically ambitious Camel.

Nigel Mansell CBE, closes the show

On Sunday, the racing legend Nigel Mansell CBE arrived at the show to talk about a special collection of his racing cars and to provide a fitting close to the event.

The 1992 F1 World Champion wowed Sunday crowds with some wonderful driving displays on the Grand Avenue, which included a wheel-spinning entrance behind the wheel of a Jaguar E-type inspired Eagle Speedster.

He later returned in a red Ferrari 246 Dino F1 front-engined F1 car from the late fifties and was also reunited with some of the cars which he raced during his roller-coaster career. 

At the end of his performance on the Grand Avenue, Nigel was awarded the 2018 London Classic Car Show Icon award.

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My closing thoughts

All in all, this year’s show was a brilliant experience from start to finish. Nigel Mansell CBE was a real highlight for me, especially his performances on the Grand Avenue, his interview at the Supaguard Theatre and his presentation of the London Classic Car Show Icon award. 

I hear the show attracted over 38,000 visitors and featured close to 700 of the world’s finest classic cars worth more than £300m. Next year’s dates for your diary are 14-17 February 2019 - I am looking forward to it already!

To see a variety of other photographs from the event please click on this link to the 'Events' page.

Please follow me on Instagram for new pictures and stories of future events on @stellasms and @stellascordellis.

Thank you.

Stella

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Exclusive Automotive Photographs to Purchase

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It has been three years since the launch of my inaugural exhibition 'A Drive Down Memory Lane' - and I can't believe where the time has gone! 

Since then, the exhibition has featured at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, Mayfair, London - Hever Castle, Kent - Eve Gallery at Top Foto, Edenbridge, Kent and for an invitation-only day at the Bremont Boutique, Mayfair, London - where attendees were given the opportunity to purchase the framed photographs in limited editions of 25.

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I am now delighted to share with you the news that for this Christmas season only, the exhibition is on display at my studio SMS Creative Photography in Oxted, Surrey to allow you to select a favourite photograph for yourself or to treat a loved one. The photographs can be purchased framed or unframed.

To view the collection of the 44 photographs online you are welcome to click here - and if you spot an image that might interest another car lover please feel free to share the link, thank you!

Each photograph is personally signed and I can also personalise it for you if it's a gift for someone special. Please call SMS Creative Photography on 01883 722282 if you are interested in this exclusive Christmas offer.

Bye for now.

Stella

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Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 5 November 2017

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The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the longest-running motoring event in the world. More than 400 pioneering veteran cars (built before 1905), their drivers and passengers gathered in Hyde Park on Sunday 5 November waiting for daybreak to signal the start of the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox.

Participants headed off for a nostalgic drive to the Sussex coast, where I was waiting to photograph them cross the finishing line to the rapturous cheers and applause of the crowds at Madeira Drive, Brighton.

This year the Run featured the largest entry in recent years, staged as it has been since 1930, by the Royal Automobile Club. The route this year took a detour to avoid the roadworks in Brixton as the map below shows.

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Although a number of cars were diverted following a road traffic accident involving one of the participating vehicles, 315 of the 401 starters made it to Brighton to claim a coveted finishers’ medal before sunset at 4.30pm. 

This year's Veteran Car Run marked 121 years since the original 'Emancipation Run', which was held in 1896 to celebrate the Locomotive on the Highway Act. This raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14 mph and abolished the need for a man to walk ahead waving a red flag to warn pedestrians and horse riders of its approach. The event’s ceremonial start includes the tearing in half of one such red flag, a poignant reminder of the liberation we commemorate on this annual ‘Emancipation Run'.

I particularly enjoy photographing this annual event because of the atmosphere and the fascinating history associated with each car, I have included some of the histories to accompany a few of the photographs from the day.

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The maximum speed the cars can travel is 20 mph, the first car above, to cross the finishing line at 10.45am - number 111, a 1902 Oldsmobile, 1 cylinder 4.5 HP driven by Andreas Melkus from Austria.

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Not far behind, above in car number 034, Robert Abery driving an 1899 Daimler, 2 cylinders 8 HP and car number 150 driven by Jiri Horice a 1902 Autocar, 2 cylinders 10 HP.

In all, 23 countries are represented in an entry list, which includes 34 new participants on the Run, while a further 18 have returned after missing the 2016 event.

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John Dennis driving the car above number 125, knows exactly where he was on Sunday, 1 November 1959, he knows exactly where he was on Sunday, 6 November 1960, too.
 
In fact, he can pinpoint where he was on the first Sunday of November of every year, ever since - bar one year in the 1990s, when he was in America on a business trip. On the first Sunday of every November, Dennis has been behind the wheel of his veteran car, making his way from London to Brighton.
 
Not just any veteran car either, but one made by his grandfather’s company 115 years ago. It’s a 1902 Dennis Tonneau, 1 cylinder 8 HP, built by the Guildford-based Dennis Brothers, a company better known today for its buses, trucks and fire appliances. This year, John Dennis OBE drove the same car – registered P 26 – for the 58th time on the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The car however, will be on its 66th Run, having completed eight Runs with John’s father at the wheel in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

John and two other drivers who have taken part in 50 or more Runs are to be given special Gold Medals by the Royal Automobile Club in recognition of their remarkable achievements. John will be joined at the ceremony by John Kemsley and John Newens below driving car number 312, his 1904 Star, 2 cylinders 7 HP - who have participated in 50 and 61 Runs respectively.

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Passenger, Charley Boorman TV presenter, travel writer and actor with driver Damon Hill OBE, British former racing driver, above in a 1904 Rover, 1 cylinder 8 HP from the British Motor Musem.

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Above photograph of Malcolm Barber Co-Chairman of the Bonhams Group, driving car number 260 a 1903 Peerless, 2 cylinder 16 HP.

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Guy Middleton above, has been the proud owner of car number 218, a 1903 Wolseley Tonneau, 2 cylinders 7.5 HP for the past seven years, and his father before him the owner since 1984.

Guy has taken part in the Run on and off since 1983 as a passenger, he then completed a series of Runs in a single cylinder Bare as the driver.

I asked him to share any special memories about any of the Runs, this is his reply: "The first Run we had a puncture in Croydon High Street. Fortunately, we had inner tubes, a jack and some tyre levers and when we got going again we received an amazing round of applause for changing a tyre in about half an hour! A few Runs later we hired mobile phones (the ones that look like a brick with a rat tail), we had to keep it in the umbrella basket!"

I was also curious to know if he owns any other cars, and if so which was his favourite and why, Guy explained: "No, this is the only one and I have to look after it. We used it on our wedding day, to go from the church to our reception, so it does have a lot of great memories. At one point we had three cars in the Run, including my mother in a 1901 Baker electric. I shall wait and see if my daughters get the bug!"

Guy above, driving with his friends.

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Ms Quirina Louwman above with her children and with her father driving 'Genevieve' their 1904 Darracq, 2 cylinders 12 HP, from the Louwman Museum in the Netherlands.

This car was the star of the 1953 British comedy film 'Genevieve' - about two couples who took part in the Run. Always a pleasure to see 'Genevieve' and her faithful occupants at the Run!

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Above a 1901 De Dion, 1 cylinder 4.5 HP driven by Jerome Stevens.

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Following the Run were 60 auction winners who bid for a seat on one of three vintage buses.

The 60 Go Bonkers to Brighton auction was organised by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans to raise money for BBC Children in Need. In the three years Children in Need has been involved in the Run, more than £741,000 has been raised for the charity. Many congratulations to them for raising much-needed funds for such a worthy cause!

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Above Chris Evans, seen here with Pudsey Bear, drove one of the busses - the passengers were the auction winners who bid for a seat to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

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Above presenter Alex Jones from BBC One, The One Show driving one of the 1950s Bedford coaches.

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(Photograph supplied by MPA Creative)

Although the Run is not a race, in recent years the Chopard Regularity Trial has introduced an additional interesting element to the Run.

The Regularity Time Trial starts halfway through the Run after participants have regrouped at the Crawley half-way checkpoint. The Time Trial starts at Crawley High Street and finishes 13 miles later at another checkpoint at Burgess Hill in Sussex. 

Before the Run, each entrant will nominate the average speed they think they will maintain over the 13 miles – the options are 8 mph, 10 mph, 12 mph, 14 mph, 16 mph and 18 mph. If no speed is nominated, the default average speed is set at 12 mph. The car and driver that gets closest to its nominated average speed wins the watch.

This year’s winner of a Chopard Mille Miglia Chronograph, worth £4,900 is Ymer Sletter, who opted for a 12 mph average between the two points and came closest to his nominated speed. Driving a Cadillac dating back to 1904 shown in the photograph above (supplied), Sletter’s actual speed for the allocated section in the Sussex Downs was an amazing 12.01 mph.

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The crowds gathered to cheer and applaud the participants and their wonderful array of veteran cars on a sunny, but chilly Sunday.

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Above, an 1899 steam Locomobile, 2 cylinders 3.5 HP driven by Kempton Moody finished just before sunset.

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Safely back on the trailer and homeward bound!

Thanks for reading, I'm already looking forward to Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2018!

To view more photographs from the day please follow this link to my website. I'll be back soon with more news in the next week or so.

Bye for now.

Stella

Chubb Insurance Concours D'Elégance 2017

Thursday 31 August was the opening of the world renowned Salon Privé in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, majestically placed on the South Lawn, now in its 3rd consecutive year.

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Salon Privé continues to attract some of the most important collector cars in the world - with a 12-year history, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK’s most prestigious luxury Classic and Supercar Show & Concours d’Elégance.

I had the pleasure of photographing the day for the 2nd year and this year's show didn't disappoint. As well as photographing I spoke to a few of the owners to hear about the history of their cars, one in particular stuck in my mind - a stunning 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 'Daytona Spider', bought in the late 80s, this very car won the trophy for the People's Choice and quite rightly too.

The selection of photographs below tells you a little more about how the day unfolded.

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The day started with the world premiere of the all-new ATS GT - the first ATS for more than half a century - Automobili Turismo e Sports owner Daniele Martian explained the ethos of the team of talented young people bringing back this historically important brand.

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Trophies basking in the sunlight, lined up ready for the afternoon presentations.

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Judge, Vincent Van Der Vinne - automotive historian, and writer speaking to the owner of the 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider.

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This year the panel of judges were: Derek Bell as Chief Judge, Keith Bluemel, Henry Cole, Fabio Filippini, Marco Makaus, John Mayston-Taylor, Yasmin Le Bon, Hugo Modderman, Steve Parrish, Jeff Smith MBE, Frank Stephenson, Giles Taylor, Vincent Van der Vinne and youth judges, Ben Barkaway, Harvey Stanley and Marcus Willis with Max Girardo - Master of Ceremonies.
Seen above (l-r) Jeff Smith MBE, Steve Parrish, Max Girardo, His Grace, the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Yasmin Le Bon, John Mayston-Taylor, Frank Stephenson and Marco Makaus.

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Some of the motorcycles needed a push!

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Most OTT Motorbike: 1971 Kawasaki Millyard H1 500LC.

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Jalil Rehman - Executive Vice President and Chief Business Operations Officer of Chubb Insurance, with Master of Ceremonies Max Girardo and His Grace, the 12th Duke of Marlborough (l-r).

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Taking home top honours, with the Best of Show Trophy, was the revered and much-discussed 1960 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV. This rare Alfa Romeo is the final evolution of four concept cars in one. The car initially began as a 6C 3000 CM race car, (driven by none other than Juan Manuel Fangio, taking 2nd place in the 1953 Mille Miglia), of the eight 6C 3000 CM's built, two were converted to street cars. Chassis #00128 was then given to Italian designer, Pininfarina, who used the chassis to evolve four prototype design studies ending with the Superflow IV with its Plexi roof.

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Trophy presentation by His Grace, the 12th Duke of Marlborough and Jalil Rehaman - a car that hadn’t been shown in the UK until Thursday’s Salon Privé Concours debut; it shook off fierce competition in the Curvaceous Coupes Class, and will return to its home in the USA with not only the Best in Show Trophy but also a Best in Class award.

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I can see why this Alfa Romeo won the Best in Class award as well the Best of Show trophy, it really is a car with class and style, I spoke to the owner who said people refer to it as the bubble car, I'm not sure that does it justice!

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Andrew Bagley, Concours Chairman announcing the Special Award for Most Original Post-War: 1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII.  
Built in 1969, this car is in exceptional condition with unbroken history and matching numbers. Chassis #4312 is a multiple award-winning car in both Concour d'Elégance and rallies. It is one of 5 in this particular colour Bahama Yellow and special to its kind, it has the capacity of changing the perceived colour depending on the lighting conditions.

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Judges Henry Cole, Derek Bell MBE, Steve Parrish and youth judge Harvey Stanley.

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This special 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 having only returned from Italy and Lamborghini’s in-house restoration team, Polo Storico, in July, took home top honours in the Evolution of the Supercar Pin-Ups Class.

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The current owners and recipients of the award. This car was delivered to its original owner in late 1967, who gave it the nickname 'Tamuira' after his fiancée and reigning Miss Italia Tamara Baroni. 

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One-of-37 ‘covered headlamp’ 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider restored in the UK during 2012, this exceptional SWB-variant California Spider wowed judges, becoming Best in Show runner-up, and taking home a Best-in-Class win in the Riviera Cruising category.

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His Grace, the 12th Duke of Marlborough presenting the trophy. I think you'll agree this is one of the most desirable open top GT cars ever made.

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Other winners of Italian descent include the last-ever UK-delivered, right-hand-drive 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 ‘Daytona’ Spider, one of just 122 that originally left the Maranello factory in that specification. Remaining with its current owner for over 30 years, it won the hearts of Salon Privé guests and took home the People’s Choice Award.

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Thanks for reading, I'm already looking forward to next year at Salon Privé - to view more photographs from the day please follow this link to my website.

I'll be back next month with more news!

Bye for now.

Stella

Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 6th November 2016

I had the pleasure of photographing the arrival of hundreds of Veteran Cars arriving at Madeira Drive.

The 436 pre-1905 entries translated to 393 starters from Hyde Park on their journey to Brighton, with hundreds of spectators to cheer them on during the 60-mile route, which was bathed in autumnal sunshine.

Below are a small selection of photographs from the day.

Maderia Drive Brighton, the finishing line for over 300 veteran cars.

There were 344 finishers, with the 25 patrols, 3 recovery trucks and 2 passenger ‘Taxi’s’ provided by RAC Motoring Services - complemented by the TOTAL mobile welding unit - attending around 175 breakdowns (some cars up to 5 times!), providing recovery for 12 cars to service points at Honda Redhill and Gatwick, and providing welding services for 6 cars. 

The spectator route guide.

I got to meet some very interesting people who told me about their family history with their cars; in particular a young man who remembers each year being a small passenger in his parents 1904 Cadillac, and this year is the driver with his parents as passengers, the VCR has played an important part in their lives.

Commentators getting ready to interview the drivers to hear about their journey.

Around 10.15am, some two hours after leaving Hyde Park the first participants crossed the finishing line, car number 263 a 1903 Mercedes driven by Mr. Chris Scott.

First car back Mercedes 1903.

Car 253 a 1903 Panhard et Levassor driven by Dr. Terence Bramall CBE.

Car 051 a 1900  De Dion Bouton, driven by Mr. Simeon Barringer.

Joy and delight for car number 203 a 1903 Cadillac driven by Mr. Philip Kadoorie.

Following a respectful distance behind the early starters, were BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, plus BBC The One Show host Alex Jones, driving vintage buses full of passengers who paid for their ride of a lifetime by jointly raising more than £180,000 for BBC Children in Need. 

The 1950 Bedford OB buses provided by Lodge Coaches of Chelsmford, Essex.

BBC The One Show presenter Alex Jones drove one of the coaches.

Chris Evans, Alex Jones and dancing professionals from BBC One Strictly Come Dancing, Kevin Clifton and his wife Karen Hauer, who were amongst the passengers.

Car number 158 a 1902 Mors driven by Mr. Philip Oldman.

All welcome to come and watch.

Car number 116 a 1902 Panhard Levassor driven by Mr. Tim Dickson.

Brass Band entertainment too!

Car number 388 a 1904 Darracq driven by Mr. Graham Gregory.

Family fun for car number 309 a 1904 Alldays driven by Mr. Christopher Thomas.

Car number 379 a 1904 Darracq from the Louwman Museum driven by Mr. Louwman, seen here with his daughter Quirina and grandson Freddie.

This is the car that played the lead in the 1953 film ‘Genevieve’ set against the background of the London to Brighton run. In the film this 1904 Darracq is the hobby of Alan McKim, a barrister played by the actor John Gregson; an interesting detail is that Gregson does steer the car in the film, but couldn’t actually drive!

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Stella

Silverstone Classic 2016

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On Saturday 30 July I collected my media pass, track side vest and then immersed myself in the world of motor racing, boy did I have fun! I'd like to share with you a few moments I captured from the day.

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1955 Austin-Healey 100m pit stop - Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy pre '56 Sports Cars

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Christophe D'ansembourg before getting into his WilliamsFW07/C 1981 for the FIA Historic Formula One Race

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Sam Hancock at the podium, a very worthy winner of the Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-'61 Sports Cars in the Ferrari 246S, 20 laps

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Rick Carlino in 1975 Hesketh 308C

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Winner Rob Hall's 1974 Matra MS670B/C in the Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge

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Chris Wilks in a 1960 Deep Sanderson FJ in position to take the track

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Ant Anstead interviewing racing legend Mike Beckwith for Channel 4's 'For The Love Of Cars'

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Ant Anstead having a moment of reflection before taking the recently restored 1958 Lotus Elite Series 1 out for the next race

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FIA Masters Historic Formula One back in the pit lane after the race

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Stella

The Elite London Luxury Brand Show 3 - 4 June 2016

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Last year I had the pleasure of photographing The Elite London 2015. If you are into the jet-set luxury lifestyle and have a passion for cars and aviation then come out to play, and enjoy a day or two at this exclusive event at a private location in Kent.

This year I'll be showcasing my classic and supercar photography of Limited Edition framed photographs, or, to commission a shoot of your own collection to have a bespoke book crafted, the perfect gift for the man or woman who has everything, come and find my stand, D7.

Now in it's third year, there is a whole host of luxury items to experience and enjoy at this unique summer event, to browse the very best the luxury and lifestyle industries have to offer.

I have 10 pairs of complimentary tickets on a first come first serve basis, please email me your address stella@stellascordellis.com so I can send them to you.

This link to The Elite London 2016 website will tell you more about what's in store. Look forward to seeing you!

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Always an opportunity to take a photograph!

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Overfinch showcasing a Range Rover

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Lamborghini Aventador courtesy of Romans International

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Jets and more...

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There's watches and jewellery too...

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And a pair of shoes...

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And a Spitfire display to complete the day.

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Stella

Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2015

Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2015 I had been looking forward to the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run for some time, particularly after I had photographed the Best of West Kent Veteran Car Run back in July.

The London to Brighton run scheduled on Sunday 1st November is the world's longest running motor event, this year celebrates the 119th Anniversary Run, the pioneering cars from the pre-1905 era, the only event anywhere on Earth where so many veteran cars parade in such numbers, the participants dressed in period attire.

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Preceding the run an auction of veteran cars and memorabilia was held at Bonhams in New Bond Street, London. I went to photograph a little of what was on display - just to soak up a some of the atmosphere and learn more about this prestigious event. The centre photograph below shows four cars, the 1904 rear entrance Tonneau (front on the right) sold for £51,750 and the 1904 Winton (corner bottom left) sold for £130,000 including premiums. I found it fascinating to see the photographs on display from the early years, it put into perspective just how much effort goes into the run and how passionate the entrants still are to this day.

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Always well attended this truly unique motoring event represents the dawn of motoring, and right at the heart of the display, was a remarkable collection of 100 pre-1905 machines. As a curtain raiser to Sunday’s running of the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. This year’s star-studded judging panel included multiple-title winning F1 team principal Ross Brawn and TV personality Edd China. The remarkable 1901 De Dion Bouton Vis- à-Vis owned by Mr and Mrs Gigi Baulino was awarded with the overall prize. The outstandingly original machine has been in storage in Italy for nearly a century and is making its VCR debut this year. I wasn't able to get to photograph and enjoy this event, the supplied photographs below capture the splendor of the day showing Regent Street and the winning car.

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Below the winning car with the owners and entrants with co- chairman of Bonhams, Malcom Barber on the left who conducted the auction on Friday and Ross Brawn back centre and Edd China back right.

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Veteran Car Run Sunday 1 November 2015

On Sunday 1st November at the crack of dawn more than 380 veteran cars dating back to 1898 started their engines at Hyde Park for the start of this year's 60 mile journey south through a misty London to Madeira Drive Brighton for the 119th Anniversary Run. I live half way between London and Brighton and made the decision to get to Brighton bright and early to capture the scene before the arrival of the first car over the finishing line.

For only the third time in more than half a century, this year’s route took the intrepid participants ­– past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall before heading past Big Ben and over Westminster Bridge. The capital’s early morning mist added to the period Victorian atmosphere. The route took the cars through Lambeth, Norbury, Redhill, Gatwick, Crawley - the mid-way check point, down to Hammer Hill, Cuckfield and down into Brighton.

I waited in anticipation to capture the first car over the finishing line, in unseasonably warm weather it was thrilling to see the first car back shortly after 10.00am - a 1903 Berliet, the participants were greeted by cheering crowds, blue skies and sunshine!

Amongst the veteran cars were three classic buses supplied by Lodge Coaches and driven by Radio 2 DJs Chris Evans and Ken Bruce and the One Show presenter Alex Jones, raising nearly £350,00 for BBC Children in Need, thanks to the generosity of their 40 passengers. The adventure – dubbed ‘40 Go Bonkers to Brighton’ was a huge success. Everyone looked do joyous and triumphant.

Also taking part, Nick Mason drummer of Pink Floyd with the oldest car in his vast collection, a 1903 Panhard et Levassor.

In total 342 of the starters managed to complete thejourney from Hyde Park to the Sussex coast before the 4.30pm deadline, thus receiving a coveted finisher medal.

Of the 427 vehicles entered, only 342 cars made it over the finish line: 14 withdrew, 27 did not start and 44 retired.

Below the first car back a 1903 Berliot.

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Camaraderie Hearing the commentary about how the generations of entrants had enjoyed the run from an early age and how they continued a family tradition made it all the more wonderful, everybody had their own special story to tell. The camaraderie was plain to see with many cars arriving together as they bonded on the way arriving in groups.

I shall be back next year, but would love to be a participant, anyone have a spare seat for me?

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Stella

Goodwood Revival 2015

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On Sunday 13 September I attended the Goodwood Revival, I always look forward to going to this three-day festival held each September. This event isn't just for car and motor sport lovers it's an event for all the family to enjoy, the whole experience of living in a bygone era, with a merry go round and lots of fun things to see, do and buy. It's an educational visit for everyone!

Featuring all types of road racing cars and motorcycles that would have competed during the circuit's original period - 1948–1966. It is one of the world's most popular motor race meetings and the only event which recreates the golden era of motor sport in the UK. I love the fact that most people dress in period clothes and everything around you reflects this, from the tea stands, police boxes and memorabilia.

The car park even becomes part of the show as visitors line up their classics.

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This Youthquake display celebrates 50 years of the miniskirt.

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An original Land Rover Defender - still stable when tilted at 45 degrees, as these Revival visitors found out

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Preparation for the next race on the Goodwood Circuit.

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St. Mary's Trophy part 2. Ford Galaxie 500 1963 and BMW 1800 TiSA 1965

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Mini's and Cortina during the St. Mary's Trophy part 2.

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It was a time of glitz and glamour, it felt like taking a step back in time.

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Goodwood's Earls Court Motor Show is a celebration of the greatest Ferrari road cars, including the 166 MM Barchetta from 1950.

Each visitor to the Earls Court Motor Show at the Revival is given the opportunity to cast a vote for their favourite car and in doing so support the chosen charity. This year, in keeping with the commemoration of 75 years since the Battle of Britain, the Revival lent its support to the RAF Benevolent Fund, which supports serving and former members of the RAF in the UK and around the world. This years winner is the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

I hope you have enjoyed reading a little about the Goodwood Revival and it has inspired you to book your tickets for next year. To see more photographs from the event please take a look at Instagram and Twitter @StellaSMS

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Stella

Ferrari 488 GTB

The Ferrari 488 GTB Introducing the new addition to the Ferrari family, the Ferrari 488 GTB. I paid a visit to H.R Owen Ferrari Atelier yesterday to see what all the fuss was about, now this IS a stunning car.

The 488 GTB will set you back £231,820 if you have it kitted out like the one on display, this is the only one in the country and orders are being taken. It's an extremely powerful car reaching 62 mph in just 3 seconds, and a maximum speed of 205 mph.

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Personalised

There is a huge choice of interior and exterior colours and finishes to choose from to have your car personalised. To help you decide, your options and choices are displayed on a huge screen as computer generated images in the comfort of Mark Spence's office. Best to be sure before you commit to signing on the dotted line. This link will take you to the website.

If you are in Knightsbridge, London, over the Bank Holiday weekend call in and take a look for yourself, if you have a spare quarter of a million pounds this could be just the car for you.

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Stella

Best of West Kent Veteran Car Run 2015 at Hever Castle Kent

Best of West Kent Veteran Car Run 2015 at Hever Castle Kent On Wednesday 29th July I photographed the Hever Castle part of the Best of West Kent Veteran Car Run.

This is an annual event organised by The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain, with over sixty cars taking part, dating back to 1898 and the majority up to the end of 1918. The owners looked very proud as they drove their cars into the grounds of Hever Castle, having first arrived in the morning at Chartwell, Westerham, Kent, then onto Chiddingstone Castle and finishing at Hever Castle for a picnic lunch.

It was wonderful to see so many cars over one hundred years old looking so resplendent in this picturesque part of the Kent countryside steeped in history.

My photographs below tell some of the story.

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Dennis 1909 and detail of the side light

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1898 Peugeot

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Important top up of oil for this 1900 Peugeot and a Conrad 1903

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De Dion Bouton 1904

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Talbot 1914.

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Stella

Buckmore Park Launch with John Surtees OBE and Paul Hollywood

Buckmore Park Launch with John Surtees OBE and Paul Hollywood On Wednesday 15 July I was invited to the launch of the new Buckmore Park Kart Circuit, in Chatham, Kent. John Surtees OBE who is the only person ever to have achieved world championships on both two and four wheels, has recently taken ownership and wanted to spread the word.

This is the track where Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button practiced as youngsters. It is also where John’s own son Henry began driving as a child. John’s passion and enthusiasm will help to make Buckmore Park a major feeder for youngsters to further their career in motorsport, what better place to start. Buckmore Park is recognised as one of the UK’s premier outdoor karting circuits.

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A group of enthusiastic friends, associates, press and media individuals watched as John introduced us to the John Button Suite in memory of Jenson Button’s late father.

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John Surtees OBE founded the Henry Surtees Foundation as a result of a freak accident that ended his 18 year old sons life at Brands Hatch on 19th July 2009. Henry was one of the best young drivers of his era. The foundation was created to assist people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident to help them with their recovery.

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The John Button Suite in honour of John Button, Jenson Button’s father. These beautiful photographs were unveiled at the launch of them together.

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Photograph above of John introducing us to the track with his PA Sharon Bowness on the right and Rebecca Leppard on the left his PR manager.

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Paul Hollywood the ‘Great British Bake Off ‘ presenter took time away from filming to unveil a new fleet of 50 karts and demonstrated the 2016 modelSodi RT8 390cc before we were allowed loose on the track. Scott Malvern racing driver, driving the striking blue and yellow Formula 2 car used by John to win the 1972 Japanese Grand Prix. The photographs below show John in the middle with Paul Hollywood on the left and Scott Malvern on the right.

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I was amongst the first people to test drive the karts, I felt the adrenaline rush as I prepared in my red race overalls, protective gear and helmet, taking my place in kart number 5. It was a fun 7 laps, I don’t think I’ll take racing driving up any time soon as I managed to come last in my team. It was great fun, I can highly recommend it! I found it a great opportunity to capture this historic moment and to watch others enjoy it too, there was a lot camaraderie taking place.

For those who preferred to experience the track from the comfort of the clubhouse there was a simulator which was just as popular.

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Photograph above of me in kart 5, thanks to Mariusz Goslicki for taking this one and the one below of me with Paul Hollywood and his son Josh.

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Good to meet the guys above from The Drone Company who shot this brilliant footage.

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Photographs above left Paul Hollywood in a reflective mood with his son Josh and on the right John Surtees OBE looking very proud.

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Above on the track, everyone was keen to have a go

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Photographs above a map of the track and my results. A great day out for all the family to have some fun time. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back in two weeks with more to share. Bye for now.

Stella

John Surtees OBE at Hever Castle

On Sunday 21 June in partnership with John Surtees OBE and the Henry Surtees Foundation, Hever Castle presented a collection of F1 cars, classic cars and motor bikes from the John Surtees collection.

John Surtees OBE is a force to be reckoned with, not only did he achieve world championships on both two wheels and four wheels and the only person ever to have done so, he was a four-time 500cc motorcycle World Champion too.

John also founded the Henry Surtees Foundation as a result of a freak accident that ended his 18 year old sons life at Brands Hatch on 19th July 2009. Henry was one of the best young drivers of his era. The foundation was created to assist people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident to return to community living by the provision of support for equipment and facilities.

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The day was very well attended, John shared a few of his racing memories with his audience, many had their own little piece of history to share with him, about how their grandfather knew his father, or when they watched him race at Crystal Palace, it really showed what a great man he is, his spirit shone.

John spent much of the day signing memorabilia sold to raise funds. It is through events like this that the Henry Surtees Foundation is helping so many people recover from brain or physical injuries. To buy a copy of the book 'My Incredible Life on Two & Four Wheels' please click here.

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A Drive Down Memory Lane

During the day on display in The Moat Restaurant were a selection of my classic and super car photographs from my exhibition " A Drive Down Memory Lane". To be amongst the first to buy a framed photograph, limited to 25 per image, please click this link, ten percent of all sales will be donated to the Henry Surtees Foundation. The exhibition will be at the RAC, Pall Mall, London in the autumn.

Visit Hever Castle & Gardens for the perfect day out in Kent. The gardens are stunning all year round, set in 125 acres, I took the photographs below on the day.

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Stella

Classic Sports Car Club at Brands Hatch

On a wet and cold Sunday morning at the end of May I drove to Brands Hatch to watch the Classic Sports Car Club Summer Special Race meeting and to take a few photographs. The qualifying races took place in the morning and the main event in the afternoon. The previous day was warm and sunny and featured cars from the 60's and 70's and was much busier than the Sunday.

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With it's iconic track and the wet surface, the Brands Hatch circuit was going to be a challenge for the most experienced driver. There were six races featuring the Modern Classics Series, Toyo Tires Jaguar championship, Magnificent Sevens, New Millennium and Dunlop Puma Cup Series and Tin Tops.

The photographs below show how it all panned out.

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The photograph above shows Tom Eden driving a Caterham 7 who came 2nd in the CSCC Gold Arts Magnificent Sevens Group 2.

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Above - The Modern Classic Series showing a bumper grid of 90's machinery with Miles Maserati driving car number 46 as the winner.

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Above - Toyo Tires Jaguar Saloons were the second race of the day with Sam Clarke Jnr. taking 1st place in car number 126 and David Howard in car number 55 in 2nd place.

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Above - The winner of the CSCC Gold Arts Magnificent Sevens - Group 2 was Peter Ratcliffe in car number 1 with Tom Eden in 2nd place in car number 64 and Jonathan Gibbs in 3rd place in car number 41.

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Above - CSCC New Millennium & Dunlop Puma Cup, father and son Alan and James Broad in 1st place in car number 76.

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Above - CSCC New Millennium & Dunlop Puma Cup in 2nd place Nikolas Barton in car 199.

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Above - Liam Crilly filling up his Mazda RX8.

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Above - CSCC Gold Arts Magnificent Sevens Group 1 Stephen Mansell in 1st place in car number 5.

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Above - It wasn't smooth going for everyone though.

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Above - The last race of the day CSCC Tin Tops with MS Society, I was cold and wet to see the end of this one so can't let you know who won, but this is what it looked like at the start! A big thank you to Hugo Holder the Competitions Director and Club Secretary, at Classic Sports Car Club for inviting me to enjoy this event.

Don't forget to treat your dad on Father's Day - June 21st at Hever Castle

Say thank you to your dad this Father’s Day and spoil him with a memorable day out. In partnership with John Surtees and the Henry Surtees Foundation, Hever Castle presents a collection of F1 cars, classic cars and motor bikes from the John Surtees collection. I have been invited to showcase my classic and supercar photography at this prestigious event with framed Limited Edition photographs for sale.

Featuring the photograph below, home of the Spitfire taken at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, and an F-Type Jag courtesy of AutoPrive, using a Leica medium format camera. What I particularly love about photographing with a Leica is the quality of the lens, capturing crystal clear clarity.

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Stella

Elite London Show Days May 2015

Following on from my last newsletter about the setting up of The Elite London Show a luxury lifestyle experience, set in the opulent surroundings of the Rizon Jet facility at Biggin Hill Airport.

The Elite London Show days on Friday and Saturday didn’t fail to wow the audience with a prestigious array of ‘boys toys’ guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning customer. I had the pleasure of interacting with the exhibitors and customers alike, to photograph the emotion of the second Elite London Show. What stood out the most for me was the passion the exhibitors had for their products and craft.

Here are a few of the photographs I took at the Elite London show days with a brief description underneath.

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The photographs above show some of the exhibitors showcasing helicopters, supercars and inspirational sculptures.  All the images were taken using Nikon equipment with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens.

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The photograph of the hangar above was taken using Nikon equipment with a 24-120mm lens.

The HDR process which I wrote about on my previous newsletter will tell you how it is produced.

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The photographs above capture different moments at the show in particular the Spitfire flypast, bottom right.

The WWII plane captivated the audience with agile acrobatics, a fast shutter speed was a must for this shot.

Say thank you to your dad this Father’s Day and spoil him with a memorable day out. In partnership with John Surtees

and the Henry Surtees Foundation, Hever Castle presents a collection of F1 cars, classic cars and motor bikes from the John Surtees collection. I have been invited to showcase my classic and supercar photography at this prestigious event with framed Limited Edition photographs for sale.

Featuring the photograph below, home of the Spitfire taken at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, and an F-Type Jag courtesy of AutoPrive,

using a Leica medium format camera. What I particularly love about photographing with a Leica is the quality of the lens, capturing crystal clear clarity.

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Stella

Fiat Step by Step Photo Shoot

A couple of years ago I was commissioned to photograph a private collection of classic and supercars as a special gift to the owner from his wife, so he could see and appreciate his collection all together in one place. The result was a beautiful handcrafted, limited edition photography book.It was important to me to make sure that we had planned where each car was to be photographed - the location, the time of day and the lighting, the rest is instinctive. There were over 20 cars in the collection and each one had it's own character I wanted to showcase.

Every location chosen had a special meaning to the owners and each came with it's own challenges, but one in particular stayed in my mind and it's this one I'd like to share with you, the Fiats - their two everyday cars, that they most probably have spent most time in.

The photographs below give a step by step guide to the process I went through to get to the end result.

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I chose to do this shoot at the beginning of May so we could spend the afternoon setting up in preparation for when the sun went down. I had postponed this numerous times as the conditions weren't right. The first photograph above shows the cars in position.

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The above photograph shows the angle I positioned my tripod with the Nikon D700 firmly attached, the lens I used was the 24-120mm. I set my Nikon SB910 speed light remotely inside the Fiat Abarth, with lighting at the front and either side of the cars. There was a flicker of light from the house and a couple of domestic outside lights too.

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As the sun began to set an additional light was added in the outside seating area, with a flicker from the tea lights on the table and to the right of the house as well.

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From the image above you will notice that lights have been added to the tree on the left and another garden light to match the one on the right. Many exposures were taken so I could check the lighting was just how I wanted it, my lighting technician was very patient as we balanced the lights to compliment the lighting inside the house. It was precision timing to balance this before we had lost all the natural light.

The end result below, is just as I had imagined with some careful tweaking in Photoshop to achieve the results I wanted.

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Exhibition

This photograph and others from the book will be featuring at the RAC Pall Mall, London in the Autumn, with the opportunity to buy limited edition framed photographs. A small selection will also be on display at Hever Castle for Father's Day on Sunday 21 June 2015. I'll keep you posted as we get nearer the time. 

If after reading this it has inspired you to commission a shoot please do get in touch,Father's Day is just around the corner.

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Happy Easter.

Stella