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The Chase

A good deal of years ago now I was able to secure several “corporate” free passes for the first day of qualifying for the British Motorcycle Grand Prix at Donnington Park, only a short drive away from me, so I took three fellow enthusiasts from my camera club along with me and we had a great day together going just about everywhere except the track side of the barriers. This shot is on Redgate Corner, the first after the start, and is actually two scanned images stitched together, you can just make out the join near the centre of the image, but I will say that at that time I don’t believe there was any software available to the general public for stitching images at all.

 

The Chase

A good deal of years ago now I was able to secure several “corporate” free passes for the first day of qualifying for the British Motorcycle Grand Prix at Donnington Park, only a short drive away from me, so I took three fellow enthusiasts from my camera club along with me and we had a great day together going just about everywhere except the track side of the barriers. This shot is on Redgate Corner, the first after the start, and is actually two scanned images stitched together, you can just make out the join near the centre of the image, but I will say that at that time I don’t believe there was any software available to the general public for stitching images at all.

 

comments (13)

Must have been a fun, action day, Brian.
Brian Walbey: It was Graeme, sometimes the practice days are better than the race days for photos, not so many people about.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Jul 2012, 00:44
Its a fine image, Brian, and does show something of how MotoGP has changed the sport.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray. These were the days of the 500cc.two strokes, wild creatures to ride I believe they were.
You've stitched this so well, I didn't even notice until I read your text. What a terrific day out!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth. It was a good day, mainly because, being a practice day there weren't all that many people about to get in our way, and we concentrate on our photos without worrying about who was winning etc.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Jul 2012, 06:12
All action stuff Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chris, it was a good day out.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 12 Jul 2012, 08:59
I have never been a fan of this racing but can appreciate this photo Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad, for my sins I have been a motorcycle racing fan since 1961, indeed from 1968 until 1982 I commentated at a lot of meetings, mainly Snetterton in Norfolk.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jul 2012, 10:43
You can only just make it out Brian Great days out race meetings, you never know we might have been at the same one.
Brian Walbey: I have been to more bike meetings than I care to count Peter. From 1968 until 1982 I commentated at over 100 race meetings, mainly club ones, and most of them at Snetterton, although I did get the opportunity to commentate at Brands and Silverstone also, great days for me.
Good one, Brian, back in the day, I used to 'stitch' photos together manually, with prints, sometimes it worked well in an album, except once. on one I thought was quite good,I saw the same car, overtaking itself! Doh! smile
Brian Walbey: Oh dear I hope nobody important saw that particular photo Frank.
A crafty stitch I would not have discovered if you don't mention it. We have a fine collection of riders in the MotoGP and other categories as you may know.
Brian Walbey: Indeed I do know Juan, I watch the MotoGP races each time they are on the T.V., motorcycle racing has been my favourite sport since 1961 when I went to my very first meeting, and for many years I was quite heavily involved in the sport as a circuit commentator, mainly at club level meetings.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jul 2012, 14:19
Always good to try a new challenge out - the image stitching now is just incredible isn't it?!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Mike, I took some panorama images last week in Norfolk and am very pleased now they are "stitched", indeed I have already posted them here for a few weeks time.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Jul 2012, 16:23
Good action, Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Lisl.
Super panoramic action image Brian. We can hardly see the stich.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jul 2012, 20:58
A blast from the past, Brian. Doing such joining was probably cutting edge at the time! Just noticing your reply to Chad - we used to used 24hr time trials on scooters back in the late 1960s at Snetterton. It was always bleak and wet and I can recall.
Brian Walbey: A 24 hour time trial on a scooter sounds like hard going to me Alan, I preferred the comfort of the commentary tower. Snetterton isn't always wet and cold, I had some lovely days up there in good weather.
Vrrooom, the flash past.
Brian Walbey: Indeed John, quite quick round this particular corner.

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