Being trackside anywhere, is a real privilege. Smelling the petrol, feeling the roar of an engine, witnessing as close as is possible without being in the car the sheer mechanical magic these the various 4-wheeled machines manage.
But of all the trackside positions across the world's race tracks, very few can match the experience of being stood on the inside of Paddock Hill Bend at Lydden Hill as a Ken Block piloted FordPerformance Focus RS World RallyX monster clips the apex (and your toes!) completely sideways, peppering you and lens with gravel and dust and noise.
The glamour and technical wizardry of Formula 1 is something to behold, but the violence, skill, tremendous speed and sheer bonkers-ness of World RallyCross is sensational and addictive.
Doesn't matter what the club, cars or number of wheels, when you get petrol-heads together you're guaranteed a tonne of enthusiasm - which BHP has by the sub-load. With a consent waft of burning rubber and oil, this weekends BHP show was a good chance to photograph the details of motoring and motor racing that make us love it so much.
So I didn't make the usual pilgrimage south to Goodwood Revival this year, but to get my fix of all things classic we headed instead to another part of the south coast and to the Old Timer Rally.
In amongst the old boys were some beautiful machines, and I found myself particularly taken with a some American muscle, imagining myself taking off on the streets San Francisco.
I love these unplanned days out with just the machines and the camera, really getting into all the little details that make us petrol heads tick.
A weekend away from the track, and what better way to spend it the new and improved Dreamland in sunny Margate with the family - young and old. It was also a great on a square format and have some fun with the 50mm.
Speak to anyone from marshals to drivers, fans to 'journos, and everyone was in agreement – it was a great British Grand Prix weekend. Silverstone finally seems back on track as a venue geared towards the fanatic British fans and the race itself produced racing worthy of the drivers taking part. And a charismatic British winner always help.
Silverstone is never an easy place to photograph – pan flat, super fast – its a real challenge compared to somewhere like Monaco ... but a welcome one.
See my favourite shots from the week here ...
On 27 and 28 June, I and London was quietly introduced to the world of Formula e.
A tight and leafy Battersea Park circuit was the venue and I think London and I were both pleasantly surprised by the speed and wheel-to-wheel action that we saw. The people, too, were a breathe of fresh (clean) air – a welcoming media contingent, chatty photographers, polite mechanics (yes really!) and welcoming team personel made it feel like, I suspect, what F1 used to feel like in the 'good old days'. Bring on season 2.
See my favourite (very colourful) shots from the weekend here ...