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Chiltern Rally 2005 Report
"VICKERS VIMY" STEALS THE SHOW AT TURWESTON AERODROME
The huge "Vickers Vimy" is brought up to the crowd line at Turweston
Generally acclaimed to be our most successful Chiltern Rally to date, the event ended up at the Vintage Aircraft Club's gathering at Turweston Aerodrome. The highlight of the show was the arrival, at a stately 65mph (!) of the replica Vickers Vimy that has recently re-
The story of the day goes like this: On 18th September, we set of from St. Albans in pouring rain, it isn't living up to the weather forecast!
The cars gathered at the a Little Chef on the A5 from 9am. The staff were quite taken aback by the unexpected numbers, but managed to serve everyone's breakfast in record time. We set off just after 10am on a pre-
This seems an ideal time to arrive, there are many more classic cars and motorbikes arriving, but not too many to loose the friendlinesss of this unusual event. There is a short ceremony where Lynda and Phil decide in their most autocratic manner who should win the "Chiltern Cup". This year it is awarded to Brian Yates, one of our longest serving members, having Membership Number 007!
The weather is clearing up well and aircraft are arriving from all parts. It isn't long before the picnic is started, whilst others avail themselves of the pig roast or the "Control Tower cafe", which is doing brisk business. After lunch we parade all the Standards in the display area whilst yours truly gives a running commentary. The shots show the Standard owners who were delighted to attend and some of the aircraft.
Lynda presents the Chiltern Cup to Brian Yates
Ray Ferris's Pennant to the fore
Brian Parkes's 14 Saloon
Below: A De Havilland Leopard Moth and another view of the Vimy taxiing
The Charlecote leads the arena display
Then, a little after 3.00pm, the Vimy came ever so s-
To get an idea of the (slow) speed that this machine flys at, download this video ( Broadband recommended)
In 2006, this event will take place on September 17th -
Report and photographs by Phil Homer
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