The National Motor Museum Tust has made a collection of 5,000 negatives by the motoring photographer W J (Bill) Brunell available on line for the first time. The images feature motorsport events and private motoring in the first half of the 20th century.
Born in 1878, Brunell was a professional photographer who frequently competed in various rallies and trials. His daughter Kitty, who features in many of the photos, also took part in motoring events including the Monte Carlo Rally of 1929.
Brunell’s photography, shot mainly on glass plate in the 1920s and 1930s, is an evocative reminder of the golden age of British motoring, capturing perfectly the mood and spirit of the era.
The extensive preservation, documentation and digitisation work required to make this collection accessible is a result of the hard work of curatorial staff and a dedicated team of trained volunteers.
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