When we were very young

By mrswoolybill
A trip down Memory Lane today. I shall begin at the beginning...
I first became seriously involved in photography in the 1980s, courtesy of the AWDC (All Wheel Drive Club, aka the All Wet & Dirty Club). Friends of ours were members, Bill used to photograph events for the club magazine.
Then he started to compete so I took over the photography when he was otherwise engaged.
This led to confusion, even at the time, because we were swapping the camera back and forth in the course of a day and then arguing about who took what. Iím convinced that he nicked some of my best shots.
These however are definitely mine, because they show Himself competing - and even Bill couldnít have managed that trick. Both are from some time in the early 1980s - V1 shows his lightweight buggy (basically a VW 1300 Beetle very slightly modified) in a speed event, V2 and V3 show a 1950 Series 1 Land Rover called Piglet, in a trial event (where the object was simply to keep moving for as long as possible over difficult terrain, no attempt at speed).
Both were developed and printed by Bill in our little dark room.
Time passed. The need for a spare bedroom grew as our daughter started to object to being moved into the dark room whenever we had guests to stay. Plus I suffered from chronic back and neck pain. The F3 plus motordrive, lenses, Billís camera box which was built like a tank - God knows how much it all weighed. Then we had a burglary, the cameras disappeared, by strange coincidence so did the pain. I learnt my lesson and stuck to point-and-squirt for years.
The D40 has been a life-line for me because it is so light. But I did love that F3...
Thanks for looking,

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motorsportpictures 12 289 23 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 8:12AM
Well timed shots, and like the affect.
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 8:17AM
Memory Lane
How wonderful
fentiger 19 920 24 England
26 Jan 2009 8:27AM
That was a nice little trip down Memory Lane some of which I can identify with particularly the bit about the dark room. I like the images ~ just a passing thought I wonder how No. 1 would look sepia toned?

Natzdad 12 29 2 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 8:28AM
great set of mono action shots,love V2 and the puffed cheeks....Mick
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
26 Jan 2009 8:32AM
3 great shots, the passenger in No 2 looks very apprehensive, hope he had a change of clothing with him....

peugeot406 14 7 1 England
26 Jan 2009 8:34AM
Superb memory lane images
Hoffy 16 262 16 England
26 Jan 2009 8:34AM
Very good set of pics. looks great.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
26 Jan 2009 8:38AM
a great set Moira

cheers for sharing

jenquest 18 561 1 Tokelau
26 Jan 2009 8:39AM
Definitely version 2 for me because the concentration can be seen on both faces.

Noticing the track in front of his wheels, he wasn't aiming for you was he?
nefaman 15 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 8:46AM
glorious mud
hellsbells8868 12 151 2 Wales
26 Jan 2009 8:47AM
Love the write up, wonderful images, love V1..
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 8:49AM
Thank you everyone. Well I promised you Something Completeloy Different!

Quote:I wonder how No. 1 would look sepia toned?
Even muddier, I imagine. I may try later today, but it's a busy morning...

Quote:the passenger in No 2 looks very apprehensive, hope he had a change of clothing with him....
Knowing Cliff, he probably did. But standard practise after such events was to get home, get indoors, then strip off and pile everything into the laundry basket.

Quote:Noticing the track in front of his wheels, he wasn't aiming for you was he?
Well not that I'm aware of... But I usually looked for a bend in the track so that I could get full-frontal action, so to speak, without getting hit.
Have a good week, folks,
danbrann 16 640 17
26 Jan 2009 9:00AM
How has his beard not grown in all of these passing years. Good images Moira. Full of movement and passion. A bit like yourself really.
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 9:04AM
Gee that danbrann is a flirt . Great shots and Bill has not changed a bit, still looks like a boy I grew up with. Even cormy agrees.
zebraboy 16 197 Australia
26 Jan 2009 9:05AM
V3 is my Fav, superb shot with a rather noble looking driver!!
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
26 Jan 2009 9:14AM
Great set from the memory lane

Ayelet_A 12 11 3 Israel
26 Jan 2009 9:31AM
A piece of your private history - thank you for sharing that.
Beautiful action images, and a great write-up.

BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 9:47AM
Three fantastic shots.
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 10:04AM
Great shots and of course the narative.

brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 10:08AM
Well, for some these are happy moments... I wouldna want to wash neither the car, nor the clothes... Wink
Great shots,
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
26 Jan 2009 10:35AM
A nice trip down memory lane Moira.I wished I had a camera in these days.I would remember what I was up too !! I do recall buying my first camera however.I asked the assistant for one that took black and white pics as well !! I actually thought it was the lens that ''did it''.You had a nice lens here.
Good shots.
davewaine 14 141 3 England
26 Jan 2009 12:04PM
Memories. Bill pre-grizzlement and a tank-like gadget bag, called 'Attrick' (my matching one was called, 'Gerry' - albeit spelled 'Djzeridh', or something like that); days when Bill's Leitz Focotar resolved every detail of my Carl Zeisses, when Tri-X could be picked up in bulk lengths for a song and nobody had ever heard of megapixels.
texturencolour 12 36 1 Australia
26 Jan 2009 12:48PM
Love all 3 but V2 wins hands down for the expression on the passenger's face. It's classic. Looks like so much fun.
glyndwr 14 96 10 Wales
26 Jan 2009 12:50PM
That must have been fun.
I have looked for similar events locally but so far failed.

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 12:52PM
Looks like tremndous fun Moira and the mono really adds to the age of the photo. A great trio and looking forward to seeing some more.
Cormy 13 3 England
26 Jan 2009 1:42PM
Super trip down Memory Lane Moira.Thanks for asking us !!
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 1:50PM
Looks like a great deal of fun. Just bought a D40 at work and they are incredibly light. Not had a chance to use it yet as one of my clients love it.
Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
26 Jan 2009 2:30PM
What a great trip down memory lane Moiras, thanks for sharing, a wonderful write up, also.
26 Jan 2009 2:47PM
Brilliant, work it loks as though you hada good time.
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
26 Jan 2009 2:48PM
Your tags on this are fab Smile Thanks for sharing this trip down memory lane - fun shots, good monos.
Do you ever miss the darkroom - the smell of chemicals, the joy of seeing the print emerge from the liquid??
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
26 Jan 2009 3:11PM
Lovely trip down the lane Moira.Graet story.Did Bill win many races ?
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 3:15PM
Bill has one trophy, of which he is very proud.
Thanks again to everyone who's visited. I'm afraid this is all we've located so far that's definitely my work.
Anne, we do miss the excitement of the dark room, somehow waiting for a card to download just ain't the same.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
26 Jan 2009 3:40PM
Interesting story, Moira, and pics, too. Yes, the old Nikons were much more solid - and heavier- than the ones today.
TrevB Smile
Leightonhs 14 155 1
26 Jan 2009 5:25PM
Brilliant set of shots Moria.

26 Jan 2009 5:48PM
Moira, a great set of images and very clearly some very happy memories (and some painful ones too). Thanks for sharing the images and the memories!

26 Jan 2009 6:08PM
Great shots Moira, looks like Bill had a great time. Good fun.

John Smile
tony64 17 204 9 England
26 Jan 2009 6:11PM
Hi Moira I remember going to these events in the 70's! Wish I'd taken my camera around with me in those days, they were great fun!
newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 6:37PM
Bill looks like he was having fun Smilehope you are well moira..
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
26 Jan 2009 6:40PM
That is such a lovely, but very interesting piece of insight into your earlier life Moira, thank you.
I like all 3 of these images, especially V1...just look what he did to the old Beeltle.
Looks like someone lost a couple of tyres in the background.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
26 Jan 2009 6:45PM
What a wonderful set; I really enjoyed seeing them, plus reading a bit about your history. Maybe you should look into that new format introduced by Panasonic (micro four thirds?) before going for the D90; they seem to be very light and very good.
Mikelane 13 1 Wales
26 Jan 2009 6:56PM
Three great images moira, and they really look to be enjoying that ,excellent well done regards
betts 13 1 England
26 Jan 2009 6:59PM
This is fantastic, i think you will find it's called Of roading and green lane ing now, my son has just brought a landrover and join a club he love's it, i showed him the shots he thought they was Awesome,,,, and wonder if there was any more.
TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
26 Jan 2009 7:31PM
That looks like a lot of fun! That dune buggy shot in V1 is awesome.
lostintime Plus
13 13 6 Germany
26 Jan 2009 8:21PM
A delightful set Smile
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
26 Jan 2009 8:54PM
Classic memories
Roly 13 Wales
26 Jan 2009 9:32PM
Great trip down memory lane.

digiray63 13 4 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2009 10:25PM
Great set of action shots.
imagio 14 12 1 England
26 Jan 2009 10:28PM
Superb set of shots of the man himself Moira, love them as mono too.

27 Jan 2009 12:15AM
LOL thats so funny moving the daughter into the dark room
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 1:28PM
I just love these. Very well taken, Moira.
In the 80s one of the bedrooms, shared by the younger children had a washbasin in it so whenever Paul wanted to use it as a darkroom he put black bin bags up at the windows. The lads were not best pleased. Happy days!! Smile
Mounters 14 85 2 England
27 Jan 2009 4:48PM
A great trip down memory lane and how you suffered for Bills art!
Its sort of sad that we don't have a darkroom under the stairs or in the bathroom now. The mothers of the kids today hardly know what they are missing, all that mess and smell!
wyatturp 15 2 England
27 Jan 2009 6:52PM
Mud glorious Mud with a story of the past , well done

helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 9:50PM
Ah those were the days!!
Muddy memory lane Moira!!
Three fascinating shots from the archives
MissPea 14 8 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 10:21PM
loved looking at these! Thanks for posting....Julia
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
28 Jan 2009 2:53PM
I remember watching trials `racing' on TV and marvelled at the long wheel based cars trying to get up what seemed vertical, mud-laden slopes. perhaps it was the `excitement' of watching on fall backwards.

Love V2...has a real feel for the `sport'.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
31 Jan 2009 3:51PM
A super set of images and a great narrative Moira
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
26 Mar 2009 9:47PM
I love these old pictures. V2 is particularly good. John
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
2 Aug 2013 5:18PM
Terrific shots!

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