Photographing Motorsport - The Weatherly Hillclimb

For me, motorsport isn't just about the action. There's so much more to an event, such as the details, the noise, the smells, the atmosphere. I still want to see the heroes: the drivers, the mechanics and their cars, but I like to seek them out in moments of preparation or reflection as well as in the midst of the action.

Hillclimb events like the one I visited at Weatherly (and unlike Pikes Peak) are far from the technical pinnacle of motorsport, but that doesn't mean that the dangers are less. Or the desire to compete, to exceed a personal record or beat a rival's time. But it's also so much more friendly and accessible.

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, 18 September 2016

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, 18 September 2016

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, 18 September 2016

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, 18 September 2016

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, 18 September 2016

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, 18 September 2016

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, 18 September 2016

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, 18 September 2016

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, 18 September 2016

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, 18 September 2016

 

(As I mentioned on Instagram, these images are partly inspired by the work of Citroen/Peugeot photographer Laurent Nivalle. All are photographed with the Fujifilm X-T10 and 35mm f/2)