The Lakeland Trial attracts more than a hundred cars which participate in a series of on- and off-road tests. That November I had stumbled on the "Drumhouse" stage where after a gentle drive past Buttermere the competitors head up the Honister Pass and then climb the even-steeper quarry track to the top of Fleetwith Pike.
There are a few of these 1920s Bugatti Type 23s in the rally. Some are recreations, but originals can cost nearly £1m at auction.
When I asked participants if their cars weren't too valuable to be risked on these steep mountain tracks, they were nonchalant. Apparently when these cars were built, most roads were pretty rough.
Landscapes with cars
I'm not a car nut and am not really interested in photos of cars or motorsport. What attracts me is the combination of the cars and the setting, and also the people behind the steering wheels.
I'm up in Cumbria each November for the autumn colours. So at these events I am often using techniques applicable to landscape work rather than action photography. You don't need a telephoto. A wide-angle lens and grad filters help capture lots of detail in the sky and convey the atmosphere of being close up.
Buttermere and Crummock Water
As well as driving up the Honister Slate Mine, the event involves a few off road stages and means the participants must pass around the beautiful Buttermere and Crummock Water. So each year I try to photograph different roadside locations, putting my local knowledge to good use.