Here’s a really nice set of images by Nigel Harniman shot last weekend at Shelsley Walsh. Proudly declared as the oldest working motorsport venue in the world, Shelsley Walsh dates back to 1905 and is older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza so it was the perfect venue to photograph the meeting of Sir Stirling Moss and the F Type Jaguar. The course is a favourite of Nigel’s, featuring on his blog on a regular basis and close to his home, so the answer was always going to be ‘Yes’ when he was asked to photograph Sir Stirling.
The event was the nostalgia weekend, with a host of classic road and racing cars on the hill, period costume and more of the wonderful weather we’ve been seeing this year. The car for the drive up the hill was the Jaguar F Type, driven on the day by Philip Porter with Stirling alongside. Shelsley Walsh generates a lot of support of it’s upkeep by selling ‘sponsorship’ of it’s 4,000 square yards, dividing each into a piece of motorsport history that you can own for £125.00 and Sir Stirling was there to receive his certificate, appropriately Yard No 7. Alongside Sir Stirling was another racing legend previously photographed by Nigel, Barrie Wizzo Williams. The pair may well be advancing in years, but the banter between the pair and Lady Moss shows that there’s plenty of life in the old racers yet. “They’re both decades older than me, but the one liners were flying back and forth, with a young man’s eye for the ladies still there for good measure,” was the comment today from Nigel.
As every year passes, I always get a great feeling when I see that old racers are still with us, still at those iconic motorsport events across the world. They’re from an era when many of their friends didn’t make it through each weekend and while in years to come they will eventually be leaving us, it’s images like these that will remind us of the memories they share, the legendary tracks the’ve raced on and the personalities often missing from the clinical efficiency of modern motorsport
You can read the full article over on Nigel’s blog and if you’d like to help Shelsley Walsh, I’m sure they’d appreciate you buying your own part of motorsport history, more details here.
Words Neill Watson / Photography Nigel Harniman
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