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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-built Sopwith Pup.

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-built Pup. Kelvyne found the remains of it in a barn in 1973 and is slowly putting it back together, finding the missing parts he needs and fabricating all the others. Each stage of the process is being certified by the Aviation authorities so that the rebuild will be airworthy.

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 - but the SMC will certainly be there to report on the event.

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-built aircraft flying anywhere in the world - so it deserves your support. If you would like to make a donation or can offer support to the project in any tangible way at all, please contact Kelvyne at

Report by Phil Homer

May 2011