Photo Of The Day – The Legends

Actually, quite possibly photo of the week, the month, the year… One of the most atmospheric images I’ve seen in a long while of Ray Hanna and the Spitfire MH434. Shot at Biggin Hill, another legendary name, by Sceptre 63 as he dismounts after his display, circa 2005. Just stop and take in the atmosphere and the late summer colours, those faded and worn calfskin gloves, the silver hair, fighter pilot’s square jaw. And of course, the Rolls Royce Merlin sitting at the front of the Spitfire and that huge Hamilton Standard propeller.

Superb.

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Author: Neill Watson

If you love the sound of the Cosworth V8 as much as the V12 Merlin, the smell of Jet A1 as much as Castrol R and admire the late Ray Hanna as much as Sir Stirling, you’ll find you’re both on the same page. Neill's love of art deco buildings means that his ideal home would be a brilliant white, 1930′s control tower in Southern France, with crisply mown grass, biplane parked on the driveway and a Ferrari 288GTO in the garage. This is something that those around him tolerate, though it does concern them from time to time.

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