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Historique Grand Prix 2018 at Monaco

To relive historic Grand Prix cars on the racetrack is something special. At the times those race cars were in Grand Prix use, there were no barriers around the pit lane. For interested visitors, racing was a much more direct experienced than the current Grand Prix. My accreditation as a photographer made this time come alive again. The media shirt provided access to all open locations directly behind the guardrail.

The picture shows the proximity to the racing cars, which drive with an average speed of approx. 120 km/h through the narrow street racing track.

The Principality of Monaco is a great host. Here in the grid every driver gets a model set aside during the last minutes before the start.

All beautiful girls in the national colors red and white. In this picture it is the Maserati 300S.

Not so photogenic but at least as present were all official employees of the organization and security. The density of the doctors present was impressive, as was the number of firefighters.

The historic Grand Prix has really offered everything that you could want as a car enthusiast.

Goodwood Festival of Speed -The highlight for race cars friends

Goodwood Sculpture by Gerry Judah

The estate of the Earl of March is enormous and really impressive. To enlarge this impression every year a big art work is built up in front of the Castle.

This year it was sculptured by the British artist Mr. Gerry Judah. Who also made the sculpture in front of the Porsche Museum at Zuffenhausen. But here there was more space available and so it shows even more energy and movement. Ordered by BMW it naturally shows three BMW's up in the sky.

BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster - Brabham-BMW BT52 - BMW V12 LMR

These cars stand for huge motorsport successes and thus have significantly contributed to the present image of the brand.

HMSC Oldtimer Ralley Wiesbaden

Whoever got the luxury of onwning a classic car, gets the poddibility to present it driving on the street. A wide range of envents is offered.

  • A rally for classic cars, presented by HMSC shows the valuable vehicles running on the road. Here the sporting spirit is a principle point. Along the route there are stages and passage controls.
  • A Concourse d'Elegance like the Classic Gala at Schwetzingen shows veteran, vintage and classic cars in a special surrounding, here in the famous baroque palast garden.

The most important thing is having a good day.

Having a good day is expressed at this Riley 12/4 sport spezial from 1935.

We have attended the award ceremony in the garden of Wiesbadens Kurhaus.

Here it was easy to have a close look at the remarkable cars and small talk with the driver.

Every car and its history was was perfectly presented by Mr. Peer Günther. That is what makes an event like this so special.

Everyone, parents and children, driver and visitors, enjoyed the day.

Taking pictures at the Mille Miglia 2016, the special Italien vintage car event

Owner of high class classic cars met for a sporting competition. Who wants to shoot special photos at such an event, should be well informed about the route and select the location wisely. The driving route from Brescia to Rome and back offers many highlights.

Here a few impressions 2016

Approved were 450 vehicles, which could also have participated at the original version of the Mille Miglia from 1927 to 1957. These includes oldtimer made by Bentley, Aston Martin, Bugatti, as well as early cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

It is possible to get photos before the start, when all cars are polished to high gloss, but unfortunately it mostly rains, like this year. The same at Parco Giardino Sigurtha in Valeggio sul Mincio, with its nice park settings.

Two days later the tour passed beautiful locations, that attracted a lot of spectators. The Piazza del Campo in Siena and Piazzale Michelangelo in Florenz, with the views of the Duomo.

Who wants to photograph the vehicles in movement has to find a place along the route. Nice is the winding ascent to Passo della Futa. There, the cars are already dusty and authentic.

Likewise at the finish line. Here is the last chance for a photo, after reaching the finish line the driver scattered.

Again, it was an insdescrible experience.

The atmosphere, the climate, the landscape and the culture make the Mille Miglia a gathering event for motorists.