Classic races are excellent
Went to a historic race weekend at Brands Hatch last weekend. Great two days relaxing in the sun in the centre of a racetrack while race cars thunder around you.
There's a great vibe to these events, and the paddock's completely open so you're free to wander around and pester the drivers by taking pictures. Lots of interesting metal waiting to get out on the track:
Also, how often do you see a racer working on his own car? I find that very refreshing:
Out on track there were single-seaters ranging from the tiny little 1.0l Formula 3 cars of the 50s and 60s...
...through 2.0l Formula 2s...
...all the way up to stonking great Formula 5000s.
Joining them was an array of 60s and 70s touring cars in many different shapes and sizes, the biggest of which was this enormous 7.0l Ford Falcon which was very successful in 60s British touring car races:
Although, I tend to gravitate towards the Alfas...
...there was something for most classic automotive tastes (yes, that is a De Tomaso Mangusta):
There was even an Austin A40 Farina, which although slow was pretty unique:
New last year, and returning with a 14-strong grid, was the Supertouring category. Primarily open to Supertouring cars from the 90s, it also included a brace of fire-spitting Sierra Cosworths, an E30 M3 and a Ford Mustang which I'm fairly certain was there to prevent a 13 car grid (racers being a superstitious bunch):
One of the things I love about Brands is that it feels like a much older class of circuit to Silverstone. The big decider is just how close you can get to the cars. The next set of shots were taken feet from the apex of Druids with hardly any zoom on the camera.
The other thing I love about Brands is the elevation change across the circuit. It's truly immense, and forms a bowl for half of the circuit so you have a great view of the cars even from general admission.
Even the parking was had a couple of gems:
Lastly, I'll leave you with a couple more excellent finds in the paddock, and a link to some more pics:
Source: Jalopnik Oppositelock