The Donington Historic Festival is now enjoying its seventh anniversary and this year’s collection of classic metal was among one of the best yet.

David Rutter, photographer and one half of the exquisite Roscoe Rutter, was on hand with his fully manual Leica M9 and collection of lenses (some of which have survived since the 1970s) to capture the action.

“Photographing the Donington Historic Festival is a joy, everywhere you look there’s sleek curves, passion, racing, crashing, oil and grit,” explains David after returning from this year’s event.

Donington Historic Festival 2017

Photo by: David Rutter

“I was chatting with fellow photographers and there was a common theme that cropped up,” he went on. “Today, there is a need to try and capture something a little different. With the prevalence of social media, everyone is pursuing a different and unique angle or style,” he says.

So with that in mind, David set out to commit the action to film, whether it was bagging that old touring car or witnessing large sum of money change hands at the auction house, David says the event had a little bit of everything for the ardent petrolhead.

Donington Historic Festival 2017

Photo by: David Rutter

“The focus might be off in some of my images, the lens might have been dirty and the tracking of cars was pretty damn challenging. But it’s that very nature of a manual, filmic, experimental bygone era that seems to suit this Historic Festival down to a tee,” he says.

Check out his gallery below:

Like what you see? You can follow David on his Facebook and Instagram accounts, all of which are bursting with interesting imagery.