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photoblog image From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

FORMULA ATLANTIC 2

Back in 2009 I posted this picture of Formula Atlantic competitors practising at Silverstone during the build up to the British Grand Prix of that year. Here two more speed their way along the back of the circuit.

 

From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

FORMULA ATLANTIC 2

Back in 2009 I posted this picture of Formula Atlantic competitors practising at Silverstone during the build up to the British Grand Prix of that year. Here two more speed their way along the back of the circuit.

 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Jun 2015, 01:46
Good, Brian, but I like the two wheel shots better.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, and I like two wheeled racing better, always have.
Excellent Brian!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth.
great stuff Brian!!
....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter.
I quite like the design of these cars Brian!
Brian Walbey: yes so do I Richard, not too many bits and pieces bolted on all over them.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Jun 2015, 06:40
Very good
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris.
This has got to be fun for you, Brian, going that far back into your archives!!!
Brian Walbey: It is fun Ginnie, if I lived to be 100 I probably wouldn't get round to showing them all, and I still keep taking more!!
the grainy look adds to the old style
Brian Walbey: At least it's proper grain not the digital version one can make these days.
I don't remember Formula Atlantic.
Brian Walbey: I think it was one of those cheaper racing classes that comes and goes, I'm not a great follower of cars, F1 really has got to be like watching paint dry these days, give me two wheeled racing any day.
I can't remember Formula Atlantic but Nick might. Good memory from yeateryear Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet. I think Formula Atlantic was another of those racing classes that get invented for a few seasons and then replaced by something else, be interesting to hear if Nick does recall this class.
Great capture Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Sarah.
I have a claim to fame at Silverstone, they let us drive around the track to get out at a grand prix..Not much of a claim, but I enjoyed it smile They were smart looking cars.
Brian Walbey: Yes I believe they were one of the junior level single seater classes. My claim to fame for Silverstone is quite long, being involved with motor cycle racing as I was. I was on the starting grid crew for the motorcycle grand prix from 1971-1980 and in October 1980 I commentated from the main tower for a club motorcycle meeting. Don't ask me about Snetterton and Brands Hatch, unless you've got all day of course, I have driven round all three, at a very modest speed of course smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Jun 2015, 13:08
Formula Atlantic - yes, I remember. From it grew Formula Ford and Formula VW - a sort of training school for would be racers. The idea was that with a similar engine in all the cars in a race, the driver had to be good to stand out. And all of these, open cars that prepared future GP drivers.

Great shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your great comment Louis, I thought this class might be for up and coming drivers but being mainly a two wheeled racing enthusiast I'm not so up on what goes on in the car world.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Jun 2015, 14:10
News to me, Brian. Been past Silverstone but never been in. I have dim memories of wet and cold Novembers at the Snetteron circuit.
Brian Walbey: I always avoided Snetterton outside of the March/October period although during one of my early commentaries there in the late 60's.I was at the hairpin at the end of the Norwich Straight which used to run directly alongside the A11 and the snow was coming down so heavily I couldn't see anything till the riders were almost in to the corner. My friend in the other commentary box at the start had the same problem there, needless to say the meeting was abandoned and we had a difficult journey home.
I think I would rather do this than be on a bike Brian.
Brian Walbey: There was a time when I would have fancied having a go at this, but not at the speed racers go.
wow... this is awesome Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ronky.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Jun 2015, 16:23
This is the sort of motor racing I like Brian i.e. QUIET smile
Brian Walbey: I must admit the noise doesn't bother me, part of the atmosphere, but I prefer any motorised sport with two wheels rather than four and always have done.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Jun 2015, 16:51
This is great stuff Brian, I often went my brother to the races in Zandvoort....in the 70s.....and after that we would-be go intonatie darkroom....bathroom rebuilded.... Brings bank Nice memories.
Brian Walbey: I remember seeing Zandvoort, the circuit in the sand dunes, many times on the television, sadly the big races don't go there any more. I haven't been there but in 1966 I went to the Dutch Motorcycle TT.races at Assen, even now when I see the annual races on T.V.I can still point out to Maureen just where I sat. I also remember the bathroom/darkroom temporary conversion to process my films and pictures.
I'm enjoying your 70s dark room pix Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Jacquelyn.
Another great action shot, Brian - it's good to dig out old pics and give them new (digital) life!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, I have quite a lot more old prints I can scan when I get time to do it.
  • Kavita
  • Suriname
  • 3 Jun 2015, 23:08
Great one here!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much.

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