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Guided Tour part 1 – Motorsport

Seeing as I’ve merged the mydadsphotos blog and the website, I thought I’d give a brief guided tour of what you can find.
First up – the motorsport.

The crown jewels of this section are undoubtedly from my dad’s trips to Le Mans 1959, 1960 and 1961, plus the Monaco Grand Prix 1962 – some fantastic images, especially the colour ones like this
Line of cars in Scrutineering - Porsche, #24 Cooper T 49 Monaco Mk I/ Coventry Climax (Jim Russell and Bruce McLaren), #23 Ferrari Dino 196 S (Giulio Cabianca and Giorgio Scarlatti), #16 Ferrari 250 GT California (Bob Grossman and Fernand Tavano), #14 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien)

But that’s not all there is – there are photos from 6 British GP’s between 1958 and 1977, 7 International Trophy events between 1960 and 1974, and all sorts of other events from Silverstone and Brands Hatch. Not to mention some vintage car stuff as well.

Unfortunately there aren’t any more motorsport photos to add – I’ve scanned and posted basically everything, including some of less than perfect quality, as it’s such a great set of photos from a classic era of motorsport.
There are lots more photos of cars to come as my dad would always take photos of anything interesting he saw – lots of Ferraris as my mum is a huge fan of them.

A new website

The sections of this blog with the motorsport, King’s Road and Northampton photos are now being moved over to their permanent home at and eventually they will be deleted from here. There’s even more motorsport and over time there will be lots more photos of all sorts of things.

This blog will continue, where I’ll post interesting photos as I find them.

British GP 1977

This is the last of the motorsport – our trip to Silverstone for practice at the British Grand Prix in July 1977. Notable for a couple of things – the weird and wonderful 6-wheel Tyrell and also the debut of the Turbocharged Renault, the first turbo F1 car.

For the afficionados:
#1 James Hunt in a McLaren
#3 Ronnie Petersen in a Tyrell
#17 Alan Jones in a Shadow
#11 Niki Lauda in a Ferrari
#5 Mario Andretti in a Lotus
#12 Carlos Reutemann in a Ferrari
#24 Rupert Keegan in a Williams
#4 Patrick Depailler in a Tyrell
#15 Jean-Pierre Jabouille in a Renault


Silverstone International Trophy 1974

Now, where were we?
What do you mean I last posted any pics in January? Ah well, I’ve been busy.

This selection comes from the Silverstone International Trophy in 1974 – my dad had presumably decided that we were now old enough for a bit of Formula 1, and we went to this event and a day of practice for the 1975 and 1977 British GP’s.
Of particular note is James Hunt racing for Hesketh. There are also appearances by Graham Hill with his own team, Henri Pescarolo who now owns a very successful sportscar (Le Mans) team, and the great Ronnie Peterson in the classic livery of the JPS Lotus.


It would seem that by 1973 we were deemed old enough to go to Silverstone for the first time – this is a VSCC (Vintage Sports Car Club) event.


My father is now a published photographer.
Back in March I got an email out of the blue from someone asking whether I’d be interested in publishing some of my dad’s 1959 Le Mans photos in a book. Ha ha, very funny I thought. Then I googled the chap’s name – Quentin Spurring. It turns out he’s a motorsport author who has published books like “Le Mans 24 Hours: The Official History of the World’s Greatest Motor Race 1960-69” and 1970-79, and I realised that this was a serious query and he must be doing the 1950-59 version.

I didn’t take long to decide that yes, I’d be happy for his images to appear! To cut a long story short, The Official History 1949-59 has just been published and I received a complimentary copy today. It’s lovely, and the 9 of my dad’s photos have come out beautifully – including one on the back cover, one as a two-page spread as the title page for the 1959 race and another on a full page.

Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing?


Marriage put an end to the petrolhead holidays in France, but in June 1963, the parents went to France on their honeymoon, ambling around the Alps and the Loire.
When the French say “chausee deformee”, they really mean it!

La Grave. The parents stayed here for a few days, SWMBO and myself went a couple of times in the early 2000s, and in 2008, the whole family went back (see previous posting). Looking at this photo now, we reckon that the low building is the restaurant for La Meijette, the hotel we stayed at in 2008. It looks like my parents stayed back up the road, possibly in the Hotel des Alpes.

This is down in the valley, by the Romanche river. I’ve been down to the same spot myself, and that water is bloody cold!
While my parents were in La Grave, the Alpine Rally “just happened” to pass through town.
Hmmm, coincidence or planned? We shall never know.

And from the Loire, Azay-le-Rideau.