Unless you live in Northamptonshire or fly light aircraft you may not have heard of Sywell Aerodrome but on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of September this small airfield was transformed into a metropolis for Classic Car and Aircraft enthusiasts from all over the country.

Sywell Classics Feature

The inaugural Sywell Classic – Pistons and Props show opened its gates on a sunny Saturday morning to a long line of people keen to see some pieces of history.

They were not disappointed as they were greeted with a huge display of classic cars and bikes as well as classic aircraft both on the ground and in the air.

There were aircraft that helped to win the Battle of Britain during World War II including a Spitfire, Clipped Wing Spitfire and Kittyhawk


Clipped Wing Spitfire

With its retro styling Sywell Aerodrome was the perfect location and to add to the atmosphere was a vintage funfair with a ‘wall of death’ and many other sideshows and trade stands.

The concrete runway had a dual purpose this weekend, acting as an impromptu drag strip at times

Drag Strip

Classic cars and bikes line up on the drag strip

Drag Strip

Not just aircraft can provide plenty of smoke!

It was also host to a selection of classic Formula One Cars

Lotus 101

Lotus 101

Benetton B192

Michael Schumachers Benetton B192. Driven this weekend by its owner, former multiple British Women Racing Drivers’ Club (BWRDC) champion Lorina McLaughlin

Elle and the Pocket Belles along with The Hound Dogs provided the musical entertainment

Musical Entertainment

Back in the air, stunts were provided by the Trig Aerobatic Team and the Breitling Wingwalkers

The show was an overwhelming success which was highlighted by the fact that it was visited by a staggering 13,162 visitors over the weekend!

Next years show is already booked in for the weekend of 27th – 28th September so get it in your diaries.

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