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photoblog image MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 3 #6

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 3 #6

Seventies Snetterton

In to week 2 of this final set of "old" monochrome shots.

I was heavily involved in motorcycle sport when I was younger and from 1968 to 1982 I commentated regularly at meetings at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk, plus various Moto-X and Grass Track events and races at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. One of the main benefits of this was that I always had a pass to allow me anywhere on the circuits, so during the morning qualification sessions I could freely rove where only the Press and Marshalls were normally allowed to go, with my cameras.

I have got stacks of negatives and slides taken during this period from "trackside" viewpoints and this a collage of just five of them.

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 3 #6

Seventies Snetterton

In to week 2 of this final set of "old" monochrome shots.

I was heavily involved in motorcycle sport when I was younger and from 1968 to 1982 I commentated regularly at meetings at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk, plus various Moto-X and Grass Track events and races at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. One of the main benefits of this was that I always had a pass to allow me anywhere on the circuits, so during the morning qualification sessions I could freely rove where only the Press and Marshalls were normally allowed to go, with my cameras.

I have got stacks of negatives and slides taken during this period from "trackside" viewpoints and this a collage of just five of them.

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

comments (15)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 16 Mar 2009, 00:59
A delightful collage, Brian, of yet again more of your eclectic portfolio!
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Ginnie.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Mar 2009, 03:23
Very fine montage, Brian.
Must be great fun to dig into these archives.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, it was fun deciding which pictures to scan for this somewhat lengthy series.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Mar 2009, 06:53
I suppose this is all historical stuff now Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, some of these bikes still get raced in post-classic classes.
You put your pass to good use Brian and clearly developed great skill at Bike shots. These are top notch!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, there's plenty more where these came from , perhaps I will show the odd one now and then.
You are the prince of nostalgia, brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks, that's a nice comment to make Chad.
I'm not really into bikes etc, but I can appreciate how difficult it must have been to get shots like this... especially when you didn't have the 'benefit' of digital ;-)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mark, it was a case of making every shot count, no great big memory cards with lots of capacity.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 16 Mar 2009, 09:06
Really enjoy these old motorcycle pics, must have been amazing to see a lot of the old legends racing
Brian Walbey: Thanks zed. I was lucky enough to have seen most of the stars during the 60's and 70's racing live, now I only see todays riders on the t.v..
A wonderful presentation Brian. I love these old bikes shots of yours!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I might dig some others out every now and then.
I used to love those days aswell. A nice collection you have here. You mastered these shots well Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron, I had plenty of practice, some 1,500 slides and goodness knows how many negatives. Oh, by the way, most of my darkroom went to the tip this morning, sob, sob smile
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 16 Mar 2009, 14:09
Lovely collage Brian, well captured.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Aussie.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 16 Mar 2009, 14:17
Sports pictures are the the hardest to take and present Brian, and I think you've done a fantastic job here. Its good to see daredevils on SC!

ps. Did you mean "circuit" and not "cirduit" up there? smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Mia.
Great action shots Brian ... the black and white suits me. richard
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Richard.
Great group of shots.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Dawn.
Professional stuff ! Bravo !
Brian Walbey: Thats a cooment that is nice to receive Zebigleb, thanks very much.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Mar 2009, 19:34
Ahaha.. I've been around Snetterton circuit on a Lambretta scooter. We had a 24 hr time trials during the 1960s; happy days!
Brian Walbey: No doubt you enjoyed that Snetterton outing Alan, I drove round it quite a lot of times in my car but never had the chance to take any sort of motorcycle round.

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