Great British Racing Drivers is the very first visiting exhibition to be featured at the brand new
£20 million Silverstone Experience, placing the project at the the very
centre of British and global motorsport.
A major photographic exhibition, celebrating more than 100 of Britain’s most iconic and inspirational drivers, past, present and future. Great British Racing Drivers is a unique collection of new photographs of drivers from karting to F1 in settings and locations that link to their motorsport story or illustrate their personalities away from the track.
In the last five years, I’ve travelled over 16,000 miles, capturing more than 100 drivers, starting with ‘the greatest driver never to have won the world championship’ the legend that is Sir Stirling Moss, closely followed by the late, great John Surtees and Sir Jackie Stewart. Not bad for starters and what a fantastic time my partner in crime, Paul and I have had with them all.
Sir Stirling was an absolute hoot, relating many fascinating tales. One such tale contained the immortal lines, nonchalantly delivered ‘’ … and the steering wheel came off in my hands.” Followed by “Luckily the car veered into the snow bank and not over the edge.”
John Surtees made us tea when we’d finished and we chatted in his kitchen for over an hour about all sorts of things - could have stayed there all day, absolutely fascinating.
Sir Jackie loves jam, so I took him some of my homemade damson and plum jams. He promptly hung the bag, along with our coats, on what must be the world’s most expensive hook. The rear wing of Mark Webber’s British Grand Prix winning Redbull !
Photographing these legends of motorsport has been an absolute privilege and pleasure. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know the drivers. They’ve all been great company, good fun, highly entertaining, extremely generous with their time and have shown great support for the project. They are all delighted about the creation of this unique catalogue and are excited to hear that the photographs will be exhibited at such a major new venue.
It’s not only the drivers who have been very helpful and supportive. The ongoing support and assistance from the BRDC and MSUK has been invaluable, as has the Duke's exceptional generosity in facilitating the Goodwood Estate as a location throughout the project.
I’m thrilled that the public will now be able to see these images at The Silverstone Experience, although temporarily closed due to the corona virus, and hope that the exhibition can become the start of an archive for motorsport fans and the general public to enjoy. Who knows, it may even inspire a future driver or two.
Once the Experience reopens, I hope you will enjoy the exhibition as much as I have creating it.
In the meantime please take a look around the site and join me on social media @gbrdphotos would love to hear your comments.
I am delighted to announce that GBRD will be supporting Sir Jackie Stewart's Race Against Dementia charity by donating 10% of all print sales. In addition I worked with RAD to create a special limited edition set of selected prints, which was due to be auctioned at a special fund raising dinner during the Australian Grand Prix weekend. As I'm sure you are aware the Grand Prix was cancelled, so the prints have been been held over for a future event. All proceeds will be donated.
Get to the heart of motor racing with a visit to The Silverstone Experience, an immersive half day journey through the past, present and future of British motor sport and the famous racing circuit. Visitors will discover everything from medieval monks to WW2 Wellington Bombers and the design and engineering principles that underpin racing cars and motorcycles. Children and grown-ups alike can climb into a replica grand prix car, practice their skills as an RAF pilot, try commentating on a race and get up close to winning Formula 1 cars and racing bikes. Open daily, 10:00-18:00, find out more at www.silverstone-experience.co.uk
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