Peter Darley Archive

Like many of us, Peter Darley became hooked on motor racing back in the 60s. Living near so many great circuits in the heart of the UK, he and his trusty Nikon travelled to as many as they could, photographing many great races. In doing so he chronicled what many people described as the Golden Age of Motor Racing. Still shooting great images today at events such as the Goodwood Revival, Peter comments.

“It was an Age when you could wander into the Paddock and see the cars and drivers, not peer at them through a mesh fence. From a photographers point of view life was so much easier, access to corners and vantage points was allowed, if you used common sense as to where you stood in case of an incident, you could just about go anywhere. At Silverstone it was quite possible to get close enough to the action using just a standard (50mm) lens. The same places today are either no go areas, or you need a serious telephoto lens. Bear in mind that in those days there was no Auto-Focus, Auto-Exposure or auto film advances, and that cameras were film, not digital. Every shot counted. These days you can be at a corner, and the sound of motor drives sounds like machine-gun fire!”

All Images Copyright © : Peter Darley
Peter Darley at home

Peter Darley at home

18th September 1966

Jackie Oliver, Mustang

Jackie Oliver, Mustang

Snetterton Guards 100, 1967

Graham Hill, Lotus 48

Graham Hill, Lotus 48

Snetterton Guards 100, 1967

Vic Elford, Porsche 911

Vic Elford, Porsche 911

Snetterton Guards 100, 1967

Jackie Oliver, Lotus 48

Jackie Oliver, Lotus 48

Snetterton Guards 100, 1967

Roy Pierpoint,  Falcon

Roy Pierpoint, Falcon

Snetterton Guards 100, 1967

Graham Hill, Cortina

Graham Hill, Cortina

Snetterton Guards 100, 1967

Dick Scammell, Lotus

Dick Scammell, Lotus

Oulton Park Gold Cup, 1966

Denny Hulme, Brabham

Denny Hulme, Brabham

Oulton Park Gold Cup, 1966

Jim Clark, Lotus 33

Jim Clark, Lotus 33

Oulton Park Gold Cup, 1966

Mike Spence, Lotus

Mike Spence, Lotus

Oulton Park Gold Cup, 1966

Race Start

Race Start

Oulton Park Gold Cup, 1966

Gawaine Baillie, Falcon

Gawaine Baillie, Falcon

Oulton Park Gold Cup, 1966

Jim Clark, Lotus Cortina

Jim Clark, Lotus Cortina

Oulton Park Gold Cup, 1966

Brian

Brian "Yogi" Muir

Oulton Park Gold Cup, 1966

Brian Muir, Ford Galaxie

Brian Muir, Ford Galaxie

Oulton Park Gold Cup, 1966