This weekend saw myself, and the team behind the Special Stage Rally TV series launch a new series, focusing on UK motor racing. For the launch, we joined the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) for their 50th anniversary races at Croft.
With action covering championships from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, the paddock was both priceless, and staggering, featuring everything from classic touring cars, to historic Formula Ford and GT cars.
The seductive combination of fat historic racing tyres, iconic liveries, and the smell of Castrol-R hanging in the air reminded me of my childhood, visiting various motorsport events with my family.
Watching the race crews at work readying their cars for the various races seemed somehow reminiscent of the scenes you’ll find in a ’70s copy of Car and Car Conversions magazine. The sights, sounds, and of course action on track served as a reminder of what I love so much about motor racing.
Big names from the world of motor racing, including Ray Mallock, and one of my all-time inspirations Tiff Needell, both of whom will feature alongside me in our first SSTV programme in a few weeks’ time, on Sky channel Motors TV, and in HD online.
The event marked 50 years of historic sports car racing, with Castle Combe the venue for the launch race back in 1966. One of the highlights of the weekend was a recreation grid, and demonstration race, featuring 15 cars, some of which – along with their drivers – featured in that original race.
As well as filming for the TV show, I broadcast a live show from the grid walk and onboard the lead D-Type Jaguar; a dream come true, and an experience I’ll never forget. You can relive the action over on my website, HERE.
For now, here’s a selection of photos taken behind the scenes – on and off the track – as we filmed the TV show. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for the latest updates, HERE.