As I arrive at the 7th edition of the Spa-Classic event I am greeted by low menacing clouds, heavy rain and a dramatic backdrop for a weekend of historic racing.
With 14 races, 8 grids and more than 300 cars competing on what is most driver’s favourite circuit this historic racing event is the place to be during the weekend.
Time to head out onto the track. As I work hard to keep my equipment dry the race-car tyres out on track are working equally hard to disperse water from beneath them and by doing so create dramatic scenes of cars delicately dancing under a blanket of heavy spray. Perfect for moody shots.
Wet, and worn out I return back to the paddock from a day out on the hilly circuit (I covered 17km by foot) but am satisfied with the dramatic photos I was able to take. Day two and three are dry and sunny which I am grateful for.
The public and drivers share their passion for cars in an open and friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of touring cars on display reminding us of the heyday of the Spa 24 hours when the race was still reserved for large scale production cars.
Participating categories include Sixties Endurance, Classic Endurance Racing, Heritage Touring Cup, Trofeo Nastro Rosso and Group C. Single seaters also made a comeback with the Euro F2 Classic races as the first single seater series at the event followed by 50+ Formula Vee’s.
A special treat was the night race for touring cars on Saturday, throwing the spectators back into endurance races of a bygone era.
As the weekend draws to a close, I leave with sore legs but more importantly with the smell, sound and sight of classic racing engraved into my mind for a long time to come!