Category Archives: cars

From the archive – Reims Circuit


Never published at the time, a selection of black and white images taken at the old race circuit at Reims, Northern France in September 1988, whilst on a shoot for Classic and Sportscar Magazine.  We were photographing some classic Jaguars, including the XK 120 from The National Motor Museum, Gaydon. Reims was our playground for the afternoon, after French Police closed all surrounding roads to allow us to drive the old circuit. The circuit was closed in the late 1960’s, and has been left pretty much in its original state. (Click on any image to see full size gallery)

From the archive – 1958 Ford Thunderbird


Probably from around 1986 or 1987 for Classic and Sportscar Magazine, a 1958 Ford Thunderbird, sponsored by Schlitz Beer. The boat image was from the roof of a boathouse along Putney Embankment. I can’t remember which one, but I think we paid £30 for the hire of the boat for one hour. Probably a bargain now. And the three cars outside the Elephant on the River were on double yellow lines. Inevitably the police turned up, but as they liked the cars, they just told us to be careful of traffic and left us to it. They were friendlier then, no […]

Butler’s Wharf, 1985


From the archives, probably 1985, these shots were from a car shoot recce. I was after an area large enough to accommodate four or five cars and vividly remember cursing this wrecked Citröen 2CV for being in the way. In the background there is the original Butler’s Wharf building. The camera position is where the newer Butler’s Wharf apartments now stand.

Citröen 2CV, Butler's Wharf, 1985

From the archives, 1986


One of those moments when you’re sitting around the office wondering how to illustrate a tame article about car lights, when someone says, “I know….”. Probably from 1986. We tried to do this in Notting Hill, but were accosted twice by drug dealers, and got spooked. So we ended up in Bermondsey, where a local resident called the police, thinking we were shooting something a bit more hardcore. When they arrived it was quite obvious they weren’t there to ask us to move…they wanted to watch. And were sadly disappointed!  

Humber Imperial Saloon

From the archives – 1985-6


Searching for some London shots, I came across this today. Taken I think for Classic and Sportscar in 1985-6. Little caption info is included with the image, but a quick search leads me to believe it is an Amphicar 770, built between 1961 and 1968. Happy to be corrected! Taken in Twickenham by one of the ramps adjacent to Eel Pie Island.  

Amphicar 770 in the Thames in Twickenham, adjacent to Eel Pie Island. Classic and Sportscar, 1985-86

From the archives – 1986


Taken for “What Car Magazine” in Docklands as demolition work was just starting. It was a busy location, as The Smiths were two units along from us filming a video for their song “Ask”. The ‘obstructive geezers’ who are often present at film locations, wouldn’t let me near with my camera. They said Morrisey isn’t here anyway. Which was probably true!    

Diesel Hatchback test, Docklands

From the archives, 1992


From 1992, Jackie Stewart and Martin Brundle in their respective cars at Silverstone. Stewart in his 1973 F1 World Championship winning Elf Tyrrell and Brundle in the 1992 Benneton Ford. Looking like they were moving at quite a sedate pace, it’s closer to 100mph, as these cars overheat very quickly at much less. Which always meant bruised ribs for the photographer…caused by the buffeting whilst hanging out of the camera car roof. I never worked out a way of preventing this.

Jackie Stewart in 1973 F1 World Championship Elf Tyrrell and Martin Brundle in 1992 Benneton Ford at Silverstone

From the Archives, February 2000


The Safari Rally with Colin McRae and the Ford Rally Team for Top Gear, February 2000. Over the Rift Valley, Kenya, all teams used helicopters as a viewing platform to instruct their drivers and warn of obstacles in their path. One of the most memorable and scary shoots. Looking back at the other helicopters was a like viewing a scene from Mash, as they zig-zagged down the valley, rising and falling as the approached power cables. Many things were learnt here. The most important was never drink copious amounts of vodka the evening before a helicopter ride.

Kenya Rally, February 2000

From the archives, July 1989


Sorting through old portfolio tearsheets this morning, I found this from July 1989. Car Magazine and a Porsche 911. One of my favourite car pics from that period, taken in Scotland, near Ullapool. And I still remember the car being driven over my foot. It has dated, but it’s interesting to see a photo used full frame, with few cover lines, no barcode…..and no free gift!

Car Magazine, July 1989. Porsche 911

From the archives


A Top Gear shoot from an early issue of the magazine in October 1997. Clarkson driving a Jaguar XJR…not fast. This was actually shot in his driveway, with the car doing about 5 mph and me walking beside the car with my trusty old Mamiya RB.

Jeremy Clarkson driving a Jaguar XJR