Whilst stood at the afternoon stage at Greystoke, I kept looking around for my cousin John, a local to this part of the world, who we had planned to meet. We had no mobile signal so it was almost impossible to find him with the crowds of people. He drives a Ford Focus so when I saw this for a split second I thought he might have taken a wrong turn from the car park! Thankfully this Fiesta ST was driven by Nick Cristofaro with Rob Fagg as the co driver. They came an impressive 4th in their class.
This 2010 Subaru Impreza seems to look much more compact but smoother on a rally stage. Number 26 in this year’s Malcolm Wilson Rally up in the Lake District was driven by Nigel Seabold with Tim Barton as the co-driver. From the looks of the dirt coming from under the front wheel this may or may not be a four wheel drive. I would love to know because I have my suspicions that this is a front wheel drive model.
The Ford Escort Mark 1 RS is an icon of rallying and an important car for me to capture a good picture of. Fortunately for me the 2011 Malcolm Wilson Rally had a few of these historic vehicles. Here I was able to get a head on shot of one just as it was turning into a hairpin corner. This fine machine was driven by David Sunderland with Martin Kenyon as the co-driver.
Being the third time I had photographed the Malcolm Wilson Rally I thought I knew what to expect. Getting there early and preparing my perfect place to stand only to be told “they’re doing it backwards this year mate”. Obviously this didn’t mean they were driving backwards, just that the course was being driven in the opposite direction to previous years. The second big surprise of the morning stage at Whinlatter Forest was seeing this Landrover Defender coming racing up the hill driven by Michael Dwan with Jane Clark as co-driver.