I started my apprenticeship in photography in 1970 by first learning the art of black and white printing in the darkroom followed by assisting photographers and of course eventually becoming a photographer myself.
A passion for photography and an equally strong passion for cars and racing led me to covering some club racing for friends competing in Formula Ford.
In 1979 I attended my first Grand Prix at Silverstone and in the same year my first ever Le Mans. Armed with my trusted Nikon F2 camera and a couple of rolls of film, I took shots of cars from wherever I could get a clear view. The results were pleasing and pretty good, encouraging me to progress to taking more photographs of racing by blagging my way into the pits to get close ups of cars and drivers and eventually gaining proper press passes at some races. Alas the motor racing photography venture came to a halt in 1986 when having my 3rd child caused a financial stress, as not one of my photographs were accepted by any magazines of the day, none of the manufacturers or race teams wanted my images, so I was not earning any money from my passion: in fact the cost of film, processing and the travelling costs attending the races could not justify me carrying on. The library of my motor sport images were put away for years.
In 2008 after rediscovering my hidden library of images, I decided to start curating a collection of images which could be displayed at motor sport exhibitions, such as Goodwood, Silverstone Classic, Race Retro etc. My wife Olympia suggested that it would be nice to have Limited Editions that would be signed by some of the drivers, so she went on a mission to contact various drivers agents and organised the meetings where the photographs would be signed by drivers such as Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter and Jonathan Palmer.
MOTORSPORTCLASSICS was launched at the Autosport International Show in 2009. This event was a great success, even if it was a step into an arena that was totally unknown to the us. Many events later, the passion to exhibit is still there, meeting the MOTORSPORTCLASSICS ‘family’ of clients at events whether they are buying images or just stopping by the stand to say ‘hello; is the reason that keeps me and Olympia going.
Each image has been lovingly taken from the original film, scanned and printed into a photograph that can hang proudly on the wall of a home, an office, garage or man cave and be displayed knowing that there are not many of these images around as me and Olympia are adamant not to make thousands of copies of the same image or sell these to Magazines.
These images are exclusive to MOTORSPORTCLASSICS’ sold to people who love motor sport, cars and drivers knowing that they have something special, something exclusive from my library of iconic shots.