Melbourne Desk 194
© All images copyright to Martin Stubbs.
As you enter the gates to the pit area for this annual event, you walk into a kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and sounds, a rich array of different marques representing motorsport from the 20s through to a 2005 Westfield Clubman. Each year Historic Sandown seems to attract over 300 entries, not only past competitors but always a crop of new ones to avoid repetition and to keep stimulating public interest.
Peter D’Abbs - Motor Sport Photographer, 1921-2006 By Martin Stubbs with the assistance of his widow, Judith D’Abbs. Peter’s career in the photographic industry and his passion for motor sport photography probably started quite by accident early in 1948 when he met Dacre Stubbs who likewise had recently migrated to Australia after the war. Dacre was just establishing his commercial photographic business and had a shared interest in vintage cars and motor sport. He encouraged Peter’s growing interest in photography and in the possibility of combining this with motor racing. Peter soon mastered the necessary skills to eventually become a leading motor sport photographer starting in 1956 with the Melbourne Olympic Grand Prix at Albert Park. Over the subsequent 40 year period he amassed approximately 180,000 images, mostly shot at Victorian events including what has probably become his most famous image, the start of the 1958 Melbourne Grand Prix.