Oulton Park, March 28 (warning: contains racing cars)


Link Posted 30/03/2015 - 07:23
Sussex last weekend, Cheshire this. I'll try not to post a motorsport album every weekend, but the season is still young and I'm finding it hard to resist. Unfortunately, conditions on Saturday morning were so foul that most automated functions ceased to operate on my Sigma 50-150 f2.8 (although it continued to work OK as a manual lens). I'm hoping it will recover when properly dry... These were taken with K-5 IIs and DA 300mm f4, unless otherwise indicated.

1 - Charge of the light brigade

2 - "It'll actually go faster if we leave the ignition off and push..." (K-3, Sigma 50-150)

3 - The sticker at the top of the screen gives it away, but otherwise this might have been taken 50 years ago...

4 - Legends in their own lap times

5 - Cheshire life (K-3, Tamron 17-50)

6 - Flaming nuisance

7 - Panning application (K-3, Tamron 17-50)

8 - Slip, slidin' away

9 - "I'm sure there used to be a racetrack around here somewhere"


Link Posted 30/03/2015 - 08:02
Very interesting set, thanks for posting. There's lots of activity from spray and smoke, giving the images the life that's so often missing from racing shots. A great sense of movement and action throughout.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 30/03/2015 - 08:24
Agree with John here Simon - the 'foul weather' shots work particularly well.

Hope your Sigi recovers.

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Link Posted 30/03/2015 - 11:20
Another great set Simon. Enjoyed viewing 😊


Link Posted 30/03/2015 - 11:22
I wont look then All good Simon, you did well in what looked like terrible conditions, the shot of the mini is my number 1 choice, how did that driver squeeze in?
C&C welcome.


Link Posted 30/03/2015 - 12:08
Another great set Simon. It's obvious that your ability to get the shot or to find a great caption to go with it hasn't waned over the winter. Looking forward to seeing more as the season progresses.

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Link Posted 30/03/2015 - 14:35
Echo the above comments on another fine and varied set.

simonarron wrote:
I'll try not to post a motorsport album every weekend, but the season is still young and I'm finding it hard to resist.

Resistance is futile !

I'd quite happily look at a album every weekend !




Link Posted 30/03/2015 - 19:27
I love looking at your images they save me having to get wet at the track

Nice shots - were the 2cv's easier on the AF
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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Link Posted 31/03/2015 - 09:52
I see Oulton Park have used some of your shots on their facebook page.


I like the shot of blue No 3 coming round the corner.


Last Edited by carmagw on 31/03/2015 - 09:54


Link Posted 31/03/2015 - 17:38
A great set, in difficult conditions..like the last shot.


Link Posted 31/03/2015 - 20:28
A strong set that showcases the action ... No 5 has good lighting, lucky to catch a bit of sun there! No 8 is my other favourite for its right crop and the spray. I imagine the photographers weather resistance is just as important as the cameras!
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Link Posted 31/03/2015 - 22:02
Thanks, all, for the words of encouragement.

@ Nigel: yes, I was properly weather-proofed - just wish I'd extended my Sigma 50-150 the same courtesy. It still isn't working...

@ George: thanks for the tip-off - I supplied a few shots to MSV (which manages Oulton), but didn't expect them to appear quite so quickly in the public domain.

This weekend I'm preparing for two days at Thruxton and one at Oulton Park, Obviously...


Link Posted 01/04/2015 - 00:22
Nice to see some shots of Oulton -- last time I visited was for the Thunder-sports back in 87! I have just upgraded (its in the post) to a K5_11 & interestingly decided on purchasing the weather resistant 18-135mm lens - looks like it may have been a good decision.
Here is a pic of Eddie Irvine (Formula Ford) leaving everyone behind in 87 (Pentax Prog A with SMC 75-150mm lens):
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