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Sopwith Pup meets other vehicles built in the Standard Factory at Canley
Three Standard owners, Paul Newsome, left, Steve Smeltzer, right with their 1920's cars, and Kelvyne Baker, centre, with his Canley-
Kelvyne Baker's restoration of his Sopwith Pup is progressing in a barn near Weston Super Mare. If you are a regular reader of these pages, you will remember that the plane is the sole surviving Standard-
You can read more about the Pup project here.
Recently the Club arranged for a couple of contemporary cars to visit the Pup for a photo opportunity. This was attended by the local press and the local MP, John Penrose, who is also the Government's Heritage minister.
The restoration team of Jason Nuttall, left and Nick Harris, right, with Kelvyne and Heritage minister, John Penrose (in jacket)
As you can see from the photographs, the wing frames and spars are now on the plane and the correct type of 9 cylinder rotary engine has been fitted. The next biggest task is to stretch linen all over the plane and dope it. Kelvyne isn't giving an estimate of when the rebuild is likely to be finished and he is able to fly the plane -
Let's be clear, the major factor that is delaying the completion of the project is lack of funds. Kelvyne has no sponsors or benefactors presently. If Kelvyne and his small team are successful, this will be the only Standard-
Report by Phil Homer