Lakeland Trial: Honister John Beardsworth
The Vintage Sports-Car Club
Lakeland Trial: Honister
Each year, usually on the first weekend in November, the Vintage Sports-Car Club holds its Lakeland Trial rally in the Lake District in North West England.
In 2013 I happened to be staying in the area and heard about the event on a local news web site.
That Saturday the Lake District threw its full force at the rally. High winds, near-freezing temperatures, and alternating rain and sleet made it a challenging experience for the drivers - and for photographers.
Around a hundred cars participate in on- and off-road tests. For this "Drumhouse" stage, after a gentle drive past Buttermere the competitors head up the Honister Pass and then climb the even-steeper quarry track up to the top of Fleetwith Pike.
Italians always have style, and there are a few of these 1920s Bugatti Type 23s in the rally. On average, they can cost half a million dollars at auction.
For 2015's event it rained, and rained.... Only two weeks later there was serious flooding in the region and the rain gauge at the top of Honister Pass recorded England's highest 24 hour rainfall - beating its own record.