If you follow me over on Instagram you’ll know I spent last weekend at the Silverstone Classic, which attracted the crowds to watch the cars of years gone by return to the track. I spent the weekend around the Volvo S40 which Rickard Rydell had come from Sweden to drive again.
I was forever behind the lens of my camera like always, so got quite a few pictures over the weekend. A weekend that saw original mechanics reunited with the driver they use to spanner check for, whilst current mechanics kept the car running in tip top condition.
A team put together by Jason Minshaw it was all hands on deck to make sure the car got to where it needed to be over the weekend.
With unpredictable weather, a few wheel changes took place as well as alterations to the tracking and gearbox over the weekend.
Qualifying on Friday turned out to be quite eventful with some cars facing issues that lead them to retire from the weekend.
Luckily the Volvo didn’t suffer such issues and Rickard placed the car in pole position for the race the following day.
Celebrating 60 years of the BTCC, the JET Super Touring Car Trophy was a popular collection of races over the weekend.
With plenty of fans coming to meet Rickard when he wasn’t driving the Volvo.
In between its time on the track, the Volvo was checked and adjusted following feedback from Rickard.
Despite biblical downpours at one point over the weekend, the heatwave meant hydration was key before and after jumping in the car.
The cars waited by garages 1 and 2 to get to the pit lane and out to the track.
Rickard’s biggest competitor over the weekend, James Dodd, who was driving the Honda Accord.
Despite the multiple position changes on track making it impossible to predict who would come out on top, Rickard and James showed impeccable sportsmanship off the track.
James Dodd pipped Rickard to the top spot of the podium, to which Rickard responded in good spirit “if it was my car he wouldn’t have got past”.
I was possible too young to remember these cars racing in their day, but I surprisingly still recognised some of the liveries thanks to the countless motorsport books on the bookshelf and not a BTCC race missed on the TV.
Bjorn and Daniel flew from Sweden to help with the car over the weekend.
With a few season back racing, the hype around the Volvo S40 was even greater with Rydell back in the driver’s seat.
Head over to the full album of photos by clicking here.
For more on what Rickard Rydell thought of the weekend, you can also read this article on his website.