I know that, like me, John Maenhout has an interest in old cars - so this picture is for John.
This was taken early in the morning of the day of the annual Biggar Vintage and Veteran Car Rally this year - just as people were arriving with their cars prior to setting off on the morning's "Regularity Run".
Obviously car racing is not allowed on public roads in Britain and the idea of the "Regularity Run" is that you decide what you believe will be your average speed over a 30 mile course before you set off. At this point, of course, you have no idea where the route will go and only find that out when you are given the route details as you start. At the end of the event, the person whose car has travelled at an average speed nearest to their estimate wins a prize.
I must confess that the weather that day was glorious, the sun was shining, and my own little car was running like a dream - she just felt so happy as she sang along the road that I just couldn't hold her back. And I ended up with 12 penalty points for going far too fast!
In the picture is a beautifully cared for 1934 Wolseley Hornet Special. Although a very sporty looking car, the Hornet was not very fast though it did have a fine six-cylinder overhead camshaft engine, but only of 1271cc., the same engine also being shared with some MG models.
In the background is a more recent MGB GT from the early 1970s.
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carlo62 (34414) 2012-11-16 5:53
che bella e che bei colori, un'auto d'epoca veramente splendida, probabilmente è più bella ora di quando è uscita dalla fabbrica.
mesutilgim (86034) 2012-11-16 8:31
Hello dear John,
Another nice capture of this event. Very good pov and nice vivid colors.
Many interesting notes makes it a perfect TE entry.
By the way the man here looks like my twin brother !
TFS and have a nice weekend
rbassin (18748) 2012-11-16 8:36
Une très belle photo, avec de superbes voitures.
Les couleurs sont magnifiques,bien cadré.
Royaldevon (30745) 2012-11-16 14:45
This just had to be yours!
I do love the style of this old motor; it has such character! Len says I like old things ... take that as you will!
I applaud your viewpoint, with the car heading towards the camera, yet the occupants are unaware of you; it creates a very engaging shot, especially with the second car, to create a right-angled movement round the frame. (Hope that makes sense!)
The shot is sharp with strong, vibrant colours.
Have a lovely w/e,
ACL1978 (7507) 2012-11-16 16:42
So which is older - the car or its drivers? Certainly the car itself is in pristine condition (and those old folks are adventurous to hit the road in it, suggesting they aren't far behind) and I love the color you've captured in this bright light. Looks like a beautiful day for an open-air ride!
SnapRJW (31613) 2012-11-16 21:09
Hello John - To be honest this is not a subject matter that captures my imagination but I applaud you for the quality of the shot! My father used to collect Veteran and Classic cars and I have attended many such rallies in the past. The gentleman driver in the Wolseley is one proud owner and he, like my dad, obviously spend hours tenderly cleaning and sprucing up his car. The details in the cars would make great close crop subjects wouldn't they?
Enjoy the weekend Rosemary
annjackman (20091) 2012-11-17 0:02
No guessing needed for who took this one! Lovely shine to the paintwork and chrome, excellent sharpness and quality. I remember your story about going too fast from an earlier post - think you were perhaps going to invest in a SatNav for the occasion as you photographed another driver with one!
Best wishes, Ann
willperrett (7424) 2012-11-17 2:15
A happy shot! Glorious colours and great weather. I don't know much about cars, but I know what I like. These older vehicles have so much character, and really beg to be photographed, which you've done expertly: good angles and framing.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-11-17 3:22
don't make them like this any more do they? So much style, class and elegance and a joy to behold. A great shot, full of detail and so beautifully sharp. Classic car and classic presentation. Happy days!
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
MJR (3360) 2012-11-17 7:45
Another masterly effort !
Superb bright colours and terrific clarity, with an exacting sharpness to it all.
Beggars cannot choosers be, but the presence of the 'BGT' spoils it for me, or maybe just its overlap with the Wolseley that is the problem. Reactions just not quite quick enough these days, eh ?
It amuses me to think of times gone by, in my time too I offer, that roads were bad enough, and glass precious enough, to warrant having grills on the headlights..
Oh how times change....
Lovely image John, another to be rightly proud of...
Tigerlily (3107) 2012-11-17 10:18
Superb shot,John. The colour and detail are fantastic!Look at the lights in front..Great shot, John. I take my hat off to you...:-D
macjake (57412) 2012-11-17 14:20
gotta love that Hornet!
and i bet it runs better and is more reliable than the newer modern version.
Its funny to compare the two.
just look at the height of those tires!
imagine tires like that on a new 2013 honda civic or something! lol
but the style and grace of the golden oldie is fantastic.
excellent light for the shot...couldn't have chosen a better subject.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-11-17 17:29
WOW.That's a very cool!A real jewel for all the motor sport lovers.Great colors and nice expressions on the faces of the couple.Very good job.
delpeoples (53415) 2012-11-19 0:56
Ciao caro Giovanni
Ahhhh the meeting of two car-crazed minds, what a wonderful meeting place TE is. I'm sure John will enjoy this photo, even a non-car-lover would. Excellent decisive moment, with great colours and definition: the couple look like they're on a royal tour....in fact I'm just waiting for the royal wave out the window. Excellent photo, which is even more enjoyable knowing how much you love your vintage cars.
jhm (140603) 2012-11-19 4:30
Thank you very much for these tribute with one of these old cars that you placed for me.
I know I am little bit late but never to late.
What a lovely car, a Wolseley Hornet 1934 before war 2.
A wonderful picture with high quality taken.
Excellent composition, sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
emka (80830) 2012-11-21 14:05
Hi John, how I would like to see you in your car so happy . It must be wonderful to see all these cars still going and in such a good shape. This gren one with red is just marvelous. The ble one is for me just ordinary, younger than me :)
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20778)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-12
- Categories: Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-11-16 5:46
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