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Our day at Harewood Speed Hillclimb, between Otley and Wetherby, North of Leeds, was a fine day for photography. The venue is very accessible in the sense that you can get close to the track with great views and you have the freedom to wander around the paddock. The organisers and teams are very friendly too and you have great access for taking photographs. I had a good chat with one of the drivers, the owner of a lovely pre-war Morgan. I will post some images later in another post.

The images below are all examples of my first attempt at panning, a difficult technique to get right. When you do, you can end up with some great images that convey the sense of speed and movement but still retain sharp details in the key areas, such as the driver and the signage.

I would definitely return to Harewood Speed Hillclimb and if it’s your sort of thing, entry is reasonable at £10 per person for the day. The food in the catering marquee was very reasonable too. They hold events regularly, usually the first weekend in each month from March to September. If you are interested, do check out their website at

Apart from the classic cars (which were competing on Saturday), I do like the look of the Speedwell Sprite, driven by Peter Fletcher from Scarborough. It’s the red one with the number 197, competing inClass 6, Sports & Saloon Cars manufactured up to 1971 inclusive. On the day he managed a best 81.53s, which unfortunately was a fair bit behind the track record for his class of 67.39s set on 17-Sep-2016 by Steve Dennis in his TVR 1600M (1598cc).

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