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The thrill of it, 'Fuchsröhre Graham Hill'

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© Rachael Clegg
Nürburgring, Germany. 2015
The Thrill of It Nürburgring series

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

Fuchsröhre Graham Hill is part of Rachael Clegg’s Nürburgring series, in which every image illustrates a story about Europe’s most treacherous, twisting, challenging racing circuit. All images are conceived and designed by Rachael and shot - on location - by Ian Parry at the epic  Nordschleife circuit.  Each image ‘recreates’ a specific event in the Nürburgring’s history at the exact spot that event happened.

The story / Practice for the 1962 German Grand Prix practice session proved to be an eventful one for Ringmeister Graham Hill. As Hill raced down the Fuchsrohe (German for ‘fox hole’) he hit what he described as a ‘large black object’ in the middle of the track. The ‘object’ in question was a TV camera which Carel de Beaufort had fixed to his Porsche. Hill attempted to miss the object and ran straight over it. The camera pierced his oil tank and sent his car spinning into a ditch ‘rather like a giant mole at great speed - tearing off wheels and suspension bits,’ as Hill described. And all in the name of television!

Rachael Clegg’s photography series The Thrill of It is one of gritty naked glamour and celebrating the pursuit of motor racing in all its thrilling, unadulterated glory. Clegg’s black and white nude images illustrate historical stories from the Nürburgring’s and TT’s combined history of 212 years (the Isle of Man TT started in 1907; the Nürburgring’s first race was in 1927).

Rachael Clegg has carved out a unique art form for herself, fusing fact and imagination to create bold, often absurd images which are almost always accompanied by text. A trained journalist with an art-school background, Clegg’s work embraces journalistic curiosity with unshackled creativity.

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