2016 Club Events

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Sywell Classic - Pistons & Props

25th/26th September 2016

This event, organised by Footman James and Live Promotions, at Sywell Aerodrome near Northampton, was probably the best event of the year for me. The two day classic motoring festival features historic racers, hot rods and motorbikes and 50s & 60s music, together with classic aircraft displays on the ground and in the air. We were one of 84 car clubs represented, from Stags & Cobras to humble Minis.                                                    

We hoped to have at least 5 cars there on the Saturday with more on the Sunday, but in the event Rob McGeachey was not able to bring his Vintage Speedster on Saturday but did turn up in person with his son. First to arrive was Ian Parris in his immaculate white Chesil. Ian is also a pilot and collector of micro cars and classic bikes - see www.ianparris.com - for details of his other toys! Tony Woodfield arrived next with his co-driver in his beautifully finished red Spyder and Julian Robinson who was also marshalling at the show joined us in his 4 seater Dax which looked enormous next to my Chesil.

There was lots of dragster action on the 'Sprint Strip' over the weekend, ranging from amazing V8 powered Fiat 600s, to the famous Plymouth 'Road Runner' and the 'Good Vibrations' Funny Car.


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On the 2 mile long 'Racing Runway' there were iconic Formula 1 cars, Group B Rally cars, Hot Rods Go-Karts and Superbikes in action throughout the weekend - some reaching speeds of over 200mph

Up in the skies there were amazing aerial displays & acrobatics from a solo Mustang and Seafire on Saturday and on Sunday we had a display by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - a moving sight against a perfect sky followed by solo displays by the Hurricane and Spitfire.

There was great live music from various bands over both days and on the Saturday night when I camped over.

On Sunday we were joined by Paul Newton-Smith in his pristine pale blue Chesil and a lovely Champagne coloured Chesil. Unfortunately Franco could not make it in his Chesil and although Jason Sounders and family were bringing both their Chesil and their PGO, the Speedster developed a steering problem on the way to the show and both had to turn back, so we had three less cars than planned.

However we still enjoyed the excellent displays in the air and on the ground as well as looking around the huge display of classics. I really recommend this event to other Club Members - there is just so much to see and do - and hope we will see a much bigger turnout in 2017.       John Mercer


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