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The time-machine that is Le Mans Classic

Le Mans Classic is a real trip down memory lane in which all participants and spectators can live in the past for a few days. Each ‘Plateau’ represents a period of racing (20s through to the 70s) and joined together they create an impressive retrospective of the iconic 24 hours of Le Mans.

In addition to these old-timers, there was a strong representation of cars that have only recently vanished from our racetracks, like the Group Cs (1982 and 1993) and Global Endurance Legends (1990s and 2000s). This event showcases progress through time and seems to add bits of future to the past in an effortless manner. Whatever category you are watching, the sights and sounds are guaranteed to stir emotions and recall memories of a time gone by.

The Le Mans Classic event has been growing ever since its creation in 2002 and this year saw an attendance of 135 000 spectators, more than 700 historic racing cars and over 1000 drivers from 30 nationalities including 10 former winners of the 24-hour race. Two of the many highlights at this year’s event were the celebrations of Porsche’s 70th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of Alpine’s outright victory in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

To top it all off, the Sarthe region was blessed with beautiful weather all weekend. It really felt like you had stepped into a time-machine to relive each period in all its intensity making the dream that is Le Mans Classic perfect.

When all stars align, Spa Classic 2018

Blue skies, the smell of spring, the sound of music.

The circuit of Spa-Francorchamps is draped over the hilly Ardennes countryside and has attracted racing drivers and fans from all over the world as long as it has existed. Just as you think it could not get any better, add some Group C cars, Classic Endurance Racing, Euro F2 Classic, Heritage Touring Cup, Sixties Endurance and plenty more and you have Spa Classic 2018.

I was privileged enough to enjoy this weekend from very close and would like to share a small selection of photos from this brilliant event.

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ELMS 4 hours of Monza 2018

The second race of the 2018 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) took place at the famous Circuit of Monza in Italy. Built in the Parco di Monza on the outskirts of Milan, this historic racetrack boasts great corners such as Curva di Lesmo, Variante Ascari and Curva Parabolica. With long straights and tight chicanes, Monza is a ‘full throttle’ track that separates the men from the boys.

This year’s overall winners were the G-Drive trio of Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne and Andrea Pizzitola (26) ahead of TDS Racing’s Matthieu Vaxivière, Francois Perrodo and Loic Duval (33). Third were the IDEC Sports team driven by Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin and Memo Rojas (28).

The LMP3 category was won by the Eurointernational Ligier of Kay van Berlo and Giorgio Mondini (11) and the GTE-Pro Class victory went to the 'Spirit of Racing' Ferrari F488 GTE of Matt Griffin, Duncan Cameron, and Aaron Scott (55).

Fast, narrow and ‘old-school’, this was my first visit to Monza and I had a great time capturing the action. I hope you enjoy this small selection of photos from the ELMS weekend.

The Oldtimer Grand Prix meets Sleeklens

The Oldtimer Grand Prix takes place once a year at the Nürburgring in Germany. It is an event in which around 500 historic race-cars from the 20s until the 80s take part and share track time. Each category boasts a great number of very special cars in their line-up varying from touring cars and DTM right to F1. There are plenty of highlights to talk about during this amazing weekend.

I am not a portrait photographer so when Sleeklens asked me to try out their portrait presets I decided to apply these to my domain, classic racing photography. Each photo uses a different combination of their presets to create a unique look. Despite not using the Sleeklens presets as intended (for portrait photography), I was impressed with what they do and how this effects the end result.

Sleeklens offers an endless amount of possibilities to enhance your photography results. I hope you like my photos and that you check out the Lightroom presets from www.sleeklens.com for your own work.

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CAR CAVE

I came across Car Cave on Instagram through their beautiful photos. Each car that is for sale gets an impressive photoshoot somewhere on an industrial estate nearby and by doing so they create a distinct mood that runs throughout the website and defines their in-house style.

This caught my eye and digging a little deeper I discovered that Car Cave is situated in Hasselt, near my home town in Belgium. I therefore decided I would pay them a visit next time I am in the country.

Although Car Cave is not that easy to find tucked away at the back of an industrial estate, they are definitely worth looking for and are well situated to attract customers from Holland, Germany and France not far away.

They not only buy and sell cars but also store your cars for you or restores them when necessary. In addition, they organize CarCafé on a regular basis where car enthusiasts can gather and share their stories.

I turned up with my camera across my shoulder and was welcomed with an espresso and a good dose of car talk. All the staff at Car Cave are truly passionate about what they do and had time for me throughout the morning. After my coffee, I set off to discover a wide-ranging selection of cars and quickly discovered that there is something for everyone.

Are you a 1980s rally fan? Then the white Renault 5 Turbo2 on offer is just for you. If your heart beats American, there is plenty to look out for such as a striking 1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 or the loud V8 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS. If German machinery is your thing, there is plenty to go for too, a stunning first series Mercedes 190 SL sitting alongside a "Grand Prix white" 1993 Porsche 964 speedster. Somewhat surprisingly both the Mercedes 190E Evo 1 and Evo 2 stand next to each other and are available for sale. Not often do we see these together, you do at Car Cave.

The Italians are well represented too, with a Ferrari Testarossa, 512BB and a 348, but also a Lancia Fulvia and a beautiful Alfa Romeo Junior Z Zagato 1300 in Giallo Ocra, a car that does not find its way to the market often.

A few Land Rover Defenders and an Austin Healey or an impossibly impressive Pantera GTS are thrown in for good measure, it can all be yours. Car Cave is keeping them warm till you arrive.

You get what I am saying, this place is filled to the brim with toys worth owning. Looking for something special? Be sure to visit Car Cave. If you are not in the area and are passionate about cars, follow their Instagram page and their website for wonderful photos of very special cars.

Below you find a selection of photos I took during my visit showing their ever-changing fleet of cars. Enjoy these photos but be sure to also visit www.carcave.be for plenty of beautiful photos of their vast selection, taken by their own photographer.

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