About

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Long ago, somewhere around 1968 I heard That Certain Sound. While others at the time wanted to either dance or fight in the streets I just wanted to race. Actually I was never one for driving, so becoming a photographer was the next best thing. Of course back I was still at school but drew inspiration from monthly doses of Motor Sport….……powerful JuJu.

Michael Cotton, Andrew Marriott, Mike Lawrence and Denis Jenkinson inspired me to follow this course…..as did Pete Lyons and others………blame them for this mess. Also throw in Pedro Rodriguez and Jo Siffert plus Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s to the mix and it becomes a perfect storm.

But it is not just looking back, 2011 is shaping up to be a great year, with the InterContinental Le Mans Cup giving endurance racing a proper setting.

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34 thoughts on “About

  1. Peter Brandon

    Hi John

    I’ve read your appreciation for Soames Langton. Could you contact me, I’ve a question. Thanks.

    Peter

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  2. Arjen

    Hey John,

    Always good to see you @ a racetrack around the world. It was fun again in Spa. Shot a couple of nice pictures, some even feature yourself. If you´re interested let me know.

    See you in Silverstone for the ILMC race.

    Take care.

    Regards, Arjen Bleeker

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  3. Carlo

    Great job John!
    Remember your photos at dsc and sprortscarpros. Happy that Murphy the Bear gave us the link. Really great photos from present and past.

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  4. Tommaso

    Hi John,

    I just ran into your blog by chance, and I think it is very interesting. I am an Italian master student of journalism, based in London, and a freelance journalist.

    I am about to write a piece about Luigi Chinetti, as part of my final project for Uni, because I was born in the very 5,000-people village were Luigi Chinetti was born, back in 1901 (Jerago con Orago, in the province of Varese).

    I see you know Luigi Chinetti Jr., and it would be great if you could get in touch with me :). You have my e-mail, so please, if you want to make me happy… you know how to contact me! And I will explain you better what I have in my mind.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Tommaso

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      1. Oleg Sendzyuk

        Love the Le Mans stuff. Do you have any Super Touring pics from the 90’s? Especially the insane BTCC years.

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        1. John Brooks Post author

          Afraid not, covered very few 90’s BTCC races, disliked the whole banger racing concept………….also racing in the UK never appealed after following Group C

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  5. Geoff Dutch

    Hello David,
    My name is Geoff Dutch from NSW Australia.
    I noticed your wonderful photos of the Fiat 1500 c6 engined 1950 LeMans
    car No 37 – Boulevard Pe’ripherique DoubleDeClutch.com.
    I was particularly interested in the shot of the engine, as I have an engine and gearbox
    which appears to be very similar to it-right down to the twin brass Weber carburetors.
    The engine was fully rebuilt some 40 years ago and sealed up since then.
    I have recently prepared and run the engine and wish to sell it- hopefully to someone who can make the best use of it. I have posted a video of the engine ( it has a magic sound) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAtyFbOhVMg .
    I would greatly appreciate any help you could give in regard to advising me of any contacts you could give with a view to finding a potential buyer.
    Hope you can help in some way.
    Kind regards,
    Geoff Dutch.

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  6. Keith Nisbet

    Hi John,

    It was good to meet you at Brooklands today, I’m the yank GI with the “tash” that spoke about photography.

    I hope you had a great day, I look forward to seeing your pics as I didn’t get my camera out all day!!!

    Nice blog my compliments.

    Keith

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    1. John Brooks Post author

      Keith

      I have been a bit tardy in posting from Brooklands, been on my travels and finishing the Le Mans movie.

      I have loads of stuff to put up over Christmas…………Compliments of the Season to you.

      jb

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  7. ERDA

    Hey John,
    I just ran into your blog by chance (thanks to Sam…sniffermedia.com
    Any chance to read about BRM P160 Yardley (Jo Siffert and Pedro Rodriguez)

    See you in April at Le Castellet with your book (Karim Ojeh present)

    Eric (from Signes)

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  8. Carl

    Hi John, Where did you take the photo of the truck used in the great train robbery? where abouts do they show it?

    If you can please email me back much appreciated.

    Thankyou Carl

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    1. John Brooks Post author

      Florent

      apologies but I somehow missed this comment when you posted it, sincere apologies for that.

      I have an extensive archive with Viper material from 1998 through to the end of their reign around 2005/2006.

      We spoke ages back and you were considering a Viper book…………ceratinly I can provide photographic material or any other services connected with getting such a project to print such as sub-editing and writing copy.

      I am away from base right now but will be back at the end of next week.

      Best wishes

      John Brooks
      Member of the Guild of Motoring Writers
      +44 208 398 3507
      +44 7767 444 314
      http://www.drivingline.com/contributors/john-brooks/
      http://www.doubledeclutch.com
      http://www.johnbrooksphoto.com
      John@DoubleDeClutch.com
      five00mm@hotmail.com
      http://www.sportscarpros.com

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    1. John Brooks Post author

      Sam

      if it fits with the other content on DDC I would have no problem running it or anything else that you consider would be appropriate.
      I run a website that tries to reflect the positive side of motoring and motor sport. It is not a commercial enterprise nor do I wish to promote anyone’s business but if there is something that will interest the readers then fire away.

      jb

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  9. Sean

    Hello,

    I see several great pictures of the Doyle Risi Ferrari 333sp from the 1999 season. I am specifically interested in the 1999 Sebring photo of car #11. Do you sell prints or provide a digital format that allows for printing?

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      1. Sean

        Thanks for the reply. Great website I also enjoyed sportscarpros. I look forward to hearing from you when you have time.

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        1. John Brooks Post author

          Sean

          not for the first time my best intentions are dashed on the rocks of failing memory and poor record keeping. Apologies………………

          You expressed interest in the Doyle Risi Racing 333SP at Sebring in 1999. Any shot in particular? Where are you based as that will determine the method of deliver?

          jb

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  10. jacob roberts-mensah

    Hi John

    I hope all is well! I know you are super busy but just wanted to introduce myself.

    I recently worked on an infographic on the past, present and future of cars and would love for you to see it. I hope we did all of your classic car favourites proud, please let me know your thoughts
    http://historyofcars.lookers.co.uk/

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  11. Ian musson

    Hi John. We had a conversation at the first corner at Spa-Francorchamps prior to the start of the WEC race. You kindly offered me advice on covering the Nürburgring 24 hour. Any information you could give me would be greatly received.
    Have a good time next week sitting in the sun with a drink in your hand,

    Regards Ian Musson

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    1. John Brooks Post author

      Ian

      it is this week that I am lounging around in Spain,next week it is Ireland, plenty of booze but no sun I predict.

      Nordschleife? I am not sure that I am the best person to ask…………I missed it last year and there were many new restrictions introduced post-Mardenborough. My information may be out of date. At the press centre there is a map available with the various red zones and photo opportunities around the track. I also recall there being a shuttle service will drop you off and pick up – you will need to check that. Ask the staff they are really good.

      Getting around takes forever, so plan on doing a few things well rather than rushing around trying to get to the whole track. I would suggest that you shoot at Karussell, on drivers’ right. The corner is run by British marshals who are friendly. You can follow the trail up past Hohe Acht, Wipperman and down to Brunnchen where there is a tunnel to allow you get on to the other side, thus picking up a shuttle.

      Make as many friends with the British photographers as you can, they may be able to advise on other locations such as Swalbenswanz. Shots inside the new stadium lack atmosphere but drivers’ right on the first corner gives an opportunity to get cars in the dark without having to trek to the other side of the planet. The pits during the race are interesting to say the least, chaos reigns, but somehow everyone gets by…………the grid is also a good place to get atmosphere shots…………..all of this depends on how much time you have.

      Not much substance I am afraid but I am sure you will figure it out for yourself.

      Finally it is a highly dangerous place, use your head to make a proper risk assessment and if it feels wrong, walk away. No shot is ever worth getting hurt.

      OK back to the cerveza

      jb

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    1. John Brooks Post author

      David

      thanks for your interest in my website and its content.

      Unfortunately I have a policy of not giving my work away. I am a full time automotive writer/photographer/pr rep so I depend on my output to support my modest lifestyle and I reckon that I am too old to benefit from the limited exposure a credit might possibly accrue.

      The reward does not necessarily have to be money, though that is the most acceptable form, perhaps there is an interesting project that you wish to highlight that will allow me to get published elsewhere, perhaps a piece about the company who are leaders in their field.

      Sorry if this is not the answer that you wanted but I have to try and protect my interests.

      Have a great weekend.

      jb

      John Brooks
      Member of the Guild of Motoring Writers
      +44 208 398 3507
      +44 7767 444 314
      http://www.drivingline.com/contributors/john-brooks/
      http://www.doubledeclutch.com
      http://www.johnbrooksphoto.com
      http://www.sportscarpros.com

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