Sunday 2 February 2014
The first we heard about the Cotswold Clouds trial was when a friendly man knocked on our door one winter morning fairly soon after we had moved to Dursley. He explained that the Stroud & District Motor Club have long run a car trial which used the woods just behind our house. The section near us is known as Crooked Mustard and is a seriously steep set of bends up the edge of the Cotswolds. On a muddy or icy day you have to be careful just to walk up it!
Photographically, it's fairly challenging. It's pretty dark, the cars are going quickly (at least initially...), the hillside is steep and slippery - and there is a fair bit of flying mud around. This year, there were lots of spectators - some of whom had taken the perch I've used in previous years. So I moved around a bit more, which actually gave more variety to the photos. Previously I've ended up with a lot of quite similar photos of tightly cropped cars, albeit often with fantastic facial expressions from the driver. This year, I tried to capture some more of the overall context - the steepness of the hill, the muddy track and the markers determining the points awarded.
I'd love to hear what you think...
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