Fast, Dirty & Loud - Awesome
Updated: Jul 19, 2019
Sunday 26th May.
Number one son has been away doing his bit for Queen & Country for the past 4 months in some far off desert region of camels and high temperatures . On his return he informed me that we where off to Silverstone (free of charge - thank you tickets for troops) for a day of action at the 2019 Speedmachine Festival. Silverstone is a fantastic circuit but not one I tend to go to for my motorsport photography. I have no press accreditation, i can only shoot from the spectator areas behind high fencing and unfortunately Silverstone has very high fencing, and lots of it.
Number one son knows I love rallying and the Speedmachine Festival hosts the FIA World Rallycross Championships UK which is an amazing spectacle. World Rallycross is insanely fast, loud and dirty with the top cars having 600bhp+ and a 0 - 60 time of less than 2 seconds, faster than a Formula 1 car. The races are head-to-head, short, on mixed surfaces of asphalt and dirt and raced in an amphitheater type setting. The action packed races are via 4 qualifying heats with the top 12 drivers going on to knock out semi finals and obviously a final, won this year by the fantastic driver from Sweden Mr Timmy Hansen in his Peugeot 208 WRX.
The day wasn't just about the Rallycross though. All day there was something going on somewhere around the circuit. As well as the ridiculously priced food and drink, we had vintage rally cars, racing trucks, go carting and a rather splendid Monster Energy Drift show.
The FIA World Rallycross will be back at Silverstone in 2020. If you want thrills and action in your motorsport I can assure you you would not be disappointed. go and check out the web address bellow to find out whats its all about.