Yesterday was the day of the annual Biggar Veteran and Vintage Rally and I took along my own little Austin Ten car and participated in the 26 mile run without any problems before returning to the showfield by late morning.
There were almost a thousand entries to the show, including cars, motorcycles, lorries (trucks), 'buses, tractors and other farm machinery. I was carefully lining up to frame this beautiful replica of a vintage racing Bentley motor car when a young fellow walked in front of me. I thought that the shot was ruined but, when I later looked at it more closely, I think he actually adds something special to the picture, despite the fact that his face is not in sharp focus. See what you think!
W.O. Bentley produced the most magnificent motor cars in the 1920s and their racing models had amazing success, first winning the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1924 and then winning that same race four years in succession from 1927 to 1930. And, in 1929, their cars finished in first, second, third and fourth places, a feat which was not to be bettered until Ferrari won in 1963.
The Bentleys were enormous heavy motor cars, very powerful and very reliable but not all people approved of their design. The famous Ettore Bugatti, an Italian-born but French naturalized citizen who built the most beautiful cars at the time, rather disparagingly called the Bentleys "Le Camion Plus Vite du Monde" - or "The World's fastest Lorry". His concept of how to build motor cars was based on an observation he had made many years before - "Le poids, c'est l'ennemi" - "Weight is the enemy" - in other words, if you want your cars to go faster, build them lighter and you won't need such powerful engines.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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jhm (142099) 2014-08-18 4:18
A pity that we not see more of these wonderful Bentley, but I know sometimes is everything in obstructions, people or other cars.
John, this is a jewel exactly just of the dealer, thank you very much for your excellent note.
Sharpness and very pleasant of colour, it's a beauty.
Composition and presentation are pleasant.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-18 4:21
they do not build them like this any more do they, although modern Bentleys do have a sense of elegant style about them, which is more than can be said about my Fiesta! This one looks like an absolutely magnificent beast of a car. In pristine condition and a real labour of love no doubt. The guy peering in from the right takes nothing away from this shot as he makes us want to look and see what he is admiring too!
Enjoy the week ahead - B.
williewhistler (15065) 2014-08-18 5:54
I suppose that it`s part of the deal at these events,if you want to take photos of the car then you have to include bystanders and although the star of the show is without doubt the immaculate Bentley,the spectators do add to the occasion rather than detract,I especially like the rugged up gents behind the car so deep in conversation.
Lots and lots to peruse and enjoy in this lovely shot.
Best regards Les.
Nicou (126528) 2014-08-18 8:32
merveilleuse vue de cette ancienne voiture quel avant avec les chromes superbe quel noir et brillant superbe compo cela fait envie.
Bravo et amitié
boa (6205) 2014-08-18 10:39
i love the whole scene here and it is quite familiar to me(i was very active to visit swap meets and rallies for about 10 years ago)The Bentley here is like a jewel, absolutely wonderful. The gentlemen in the bg is what i expect to see in a British rally:)The Young fellow seems to be interested about the (technical?)conversation. Excellent shot, tfs!
Have a nice evening/
Noel_Byrne (26137) 2014-08-18 11:40
I agree, this guy poking his head in does ad to the image, it looks like he is either fascinated by the car, or in the middle of a conversation with it. A conversation would not surprise me, as the front of this car is filled with personality, and you captured it in an amazingly clear way, every line of the grill stands out beautifully. A fine car, and a great capture, I think the guy make this a lot better. I love how you have managed to get this do crisp upload too, I know you have mentioned that many of my shots suffer when I upload them to TE but I don't know no to avoid it. Great post, and excellent note, thanks!
All the best
JanArie (613) 2014-08-18 12:50
Hi John, very good POV with the Bently and the people around it.
carlo62 (36303) 2014-08-18 14:38
questa auto è talmente bella e interessante che le persone mi sembrano ininfluenti sul risultato.
Bella la nota, mi piacciono queste curiosità.
Royaldevon (31957) 2014-08-18 23:16
Ha! Ha! John, it still amuses me to read about the Biggar Show!
I think you are right about the intruder. He does add immediacy to the shot, though I'm not quite sure whether he is viewing the Bentley with interest or surreptitiously eaves dropping on the conversation of the two gentlemen!
I like the close crop on the car, giving us pin sharp details of its important bits! There is enough b/g information to set the scene as a very big, well attended show.
My warm regards,
I tried to post this last night and for some reason it just would not post!
jjcordier (77898) 2014-08-18 23:34
Très belle qualité d'image pour présenter cette ancienne et superbe Bentley.
macjake (59066) 2014-08-19 6:19
you know i'm going to love this one.
the front end of this car is amazing, I don't think i'm much taller than it! haha
looks like the front of this car could be used as a battering ram!
the car looks at me and says...Go Ahead, Make My Day!
what a tough yet beautiful looking car.
and as for the man in the fg, I like that he's looking at it too. its as if he's looking over your shoulder, egging you on to capture what he finds interesting too.
fun shot, fun times...wish I was there with you!
photoray (12984) 2014-08-19 6:26
Beautiful Bentley replica with numerous accessories visible and in what we Yanks call "British racing green", which was also the color of my 67 MGB.
Actually Ford made his Model T available in green the first couple of years before sticking with 'black only'.
And I admired your interior gears view of the Model T on Trek Lens. My first car was a 67 VW Beetle requiring shifting gears but it was a forgiving transmission and easy to do.
I guess we Yanks place more emphasis on 'speed' than agility. For decades our biggest race was the Indianapolis 500, a oval course with big engine racers while the Europeans were having excitement with Le Mans type races requiring gears expertise and turning, rather than "pedal to the metal".
Thanks for sharing,
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-20 1:56
I agree that the young man does add interest because his gaze focuses our attention onto the car. However, It would be just as good, maybe better, if you were able to take your originally intended image. That one would have focused more attention onto the group of three men discussing the car; a less complicated story.
Regardless, it is a good photo with nice colours and terrific detail.
holmertz (43297) 2014-08-20 10:20
As you may know I am not particularly interested in cars, old or new, but I do admire well polished old machines that have been so lovingly taken care of for many decades. There are many fine details to watch on this Bentley, but to me the car is just part of a composition that also shows a spectator leaning into the view, three men discussing technical details (they couldn't be talking about the weather, could they?) and a bright red marquee. All these ingredients create a nice ambience that makes the photo well worth watching.
ourania (34583) 2014-08-22 2:16
this is a massive and impressive car, her front part is described from an interesting perspective that makes her look dynamic and ready to go. Details and textures are portrayed with wonderful clarity, so we can study them and gather information about the design philosophy and the technological evolution that determined her aspect. I like how the red umbrella makes the background look neater and more graphical. The "intruder" has added vigour and interest to the scene, your framing rendered his presence a bonus. He's made the photo look like a square from a comic book and thanks to him the gentlemen's conversation looks more interesting too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
annjackman (20393) 2014-08-24 7:51
Your favourite subject, or one of them, I believe. This is a super photo of this event and the people do add something to it, especially the two gentlemen talking to each other. I can't work out what the knee in jeans is doing on the right. Is the slightly out of focus man climbing over something? Most importantly the paintwork and chrome are beautifully rendered and sharp.
Best wishes, Ann
Spyder (871) 2014-09-01 6:57
Yes John, a real cracker, and before my time. But a true lover of a sport knows a thing or two about its history, and this is my favorite Le Mans winner of the early days of the race.
And I witnessed, as a track & flag marshal, at Arnage corner, the last Bentley to win, in 2003.
Funny too, weight is the enemy, because contrary to most people's concepts, Formula 1 cars, although considered the pinnacle of motorsport, are beaten hands down for speed, by cars that weigh in the region of 3400 lb…… NASCAR.
You were lucky with the lad who "ruined" your photo, he managed to avoid hiding any of the car.
There is a great motor museum in De Haag, Nederlands, called Louwman, where they have one of these beauties also.
Thanks John, I'm sure we'll weed out some more petrol-heads on TE.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (21196)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-08-17
- Categories: Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
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- Date Submitted: 2014-08-18 2:37