2018 – In Review

2018 was a very interesting year for me with a lot of events, travelling and photos taken so here’s a quick recap of some of my highlights of the year.

Kicking off the beginning the year in Barcelona with Toyota UK at the European press launch of the Yaris GRMN. This limited edition Japanese pocket rocket had all the right ingredients for a proper hot hatch. Read my full thoughts here…

Moving on to the Geneva International Motor Show, there was a tonne of cars on display most notable being the McLaren Senna GTR, full Carbon Senna, Koenigsegg Regera and Bugatti Chiron Sport. It was a rushed couple of days but here’s some photo’s from the event…

Back with Toyota GB, not in Spain this time though but in Sweden, Åre to be precise for some epic ice drifting fun in the GT86 and Yaris GRMN! More photo’s from this here…

Then came my seemingly annual roadtrip across Europe to Germany, this trip would take us from the UK to the Nürburging, to Stuttgart and Munich. Visiting the homes of the greats, Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, RUF and BMW. I saw some old friends at the Nürburgring including Shmee150 and even made some new friends from Scotland. Tartan Outlaw and his family were at the Porsche Museum in their Guards Red GT2RS and 911 GTS Legends Edition whilst I was there so I grabbed some shots of their cars. It was a long drive but totally worth it, definitely one of my favourite trips to Germany!

Back in the UK I attended Passione Ferrari at Silverstone thanks to my friends at HR Owen Ferrari. I was there supporting Chris Froggatt in the Ferrari Challenge series who won that day in the Tempesta Racing 488 Challenge Car.

I try to keep the balance between my photography and my day job equal but when the London Concours was spitting distance from my office in the City, I thought I’d go check it out. There was a wide variety of cars on display such as the new Ford GT, 997.2 Sport Classic and even a LaFerrari owned by Pink Floyd. Highlights from the event below…

Keeping it in London, there’s always usually a slew of supercars on show in the SW postcodes but this particular day topped them all. We are talking Pagani’s, a Koenigsegg Agera RS, Bugatti Veyron Supersport, Ferrari Enzo and the savage Apollo IE. This was definitely a day to remember.

Leaving the City and the supercars, we move onto Players Classic at Goodwood Motor Circuit. This was the first time I attended this event, there were cars from all over Europe that came and gathered for the show and shine. Old BMW’s and Porsche’s flooded the grounds with JDM legends sandwiched in between. My highlights from the show are below…

The next event on the calendar was one I had been looking forward to for a while, the Heveningham Concours. Situated in Halesworth, Suffolk, the Heveningham Concours started in 2016 and displayed an eclectic mix of cars old and new. With a static display at the Concours d’Elegance and an exciting display of Supercars running up the hillclimb of Horsepower Hill mixed with the madness of some of the owners doing doughnuts and burnouts – it was truly an event that lived up to the great reputation it had built up. Some of my personal highlights from the Concours was the 250 GTO, 996 GT1 and F1 GTR. I urge you to put this one in the calendar! Here’s some photos from the event…

When my friend told us that the Koenigsegg owners tour would be going around Germany the same time we were planning a Nürburgring trip, we thought it would be a great opportunity to see these cars on the road. So after work, I drove through the night across Europe to the Black Forest. Chasing these Swedish hypercars through the German countryside was insane and truly a sight to behold. After the tour was over we stopped at the Nordschleife for a night then headed home.

Every year Goodwood Festival of Speed never fails to disappoint and 2018 was no execption. This years theme was celebrating 70 years of Porsche and here are some of my highlights…

I returned to Silverstone for Silverstone Classic in September to support my friend Rob Fenn racing in his Mustang. Highlight of the day must be seeing (and hearing) the Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2 B09/60.

Following that, we head to Blenheim Palace for Salon Privé and Salon Privé Classic and Supercar. There was tonnes of beautiful Porsche’s on display for the 70th anniversary of Porsche, here’s some shots of the event.

In September myself and a few friends returned to the Nordschleife for my friends birthday. I was riding shotgun in the Ford Fiesta ST at the time which was fresh off the press – we didn’t see a single new ST throughout the whole trip. Here’s a few other things we saw on the trip…

In October, my friend Phil opened the doors of Caffeine & Machine to the public for the first time. I met Phil at a Caffeine & Machine morning meet back in 2016 in Dubai. That was when Caffeine & Machine was exactly that, a bunch of likeminded people who love cars and bikes from all different backgrounds coming together. It still to this date is the best morning meet I’ve ever been to. Fast forward a couple years and Phil decided to come back home to the UK and setup shop in Ettington, just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon. I’m so happy for Phil and the team who helped this vision come true. A place for all respectful petrol heads to come together and discuss motors, the food isn’t half bad either! This is why me and my friend Rob went up in his Defender Works V8 for the grand opening! Here’s some shots from the event!

Closing the year and escaping the cold, I decided to head back to the UAE with my friend Chris to go and try and catch some camels. Dubai is very unpredictable with what you can just see parked up on the street but what sure is predictable is nothing is done in half measures. I genuinely think that Dubai is the maybe the only other place that can top the car scene of London. I won’t list everything we saw as it’s easier to just show you but seeing the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow concept on the streets is definitely the last thing I could have predicted!

Well that was a quick recap of my 2018, I hope you enjoyed my content – I’ll be sure to post more soon!

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