Big ef­fort at Lit­tle Grans­den

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

Dave Poile and col­leagues pro­duced a mag­nif­i­cent Air & Car Show at Lit­tle Grans­den, Mark Jef­feries’ farm air­field on 27 Au­gust. From small be­gin­nings 25 years ago, with a hand­ful of cars and a sin­gle fly­ing dis­play, it has grown to be one of the coun­try’s top, en­tirely vol­un­teer-run air­shows. This year there were over 300 clas­sic, vin­tage and ex-mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, sixty air­craft in the static and fly­ing dis­plays, and a host of ground at­trac­tions set to raise money for ‘Chil­dren in Need’ and lo­cal char­i­ties. The 2017 event missed the con­sid­er­able ef­forts of Adrian Hamil­ton, a stal­wart of the or­gan­is­ing team for fif­teen years or so, who sadly died last year.

The four-hour af­ter­noon air dis­play kicked off with Ray Corstin giv­ing an en­er­getic per­for­mance in the T-28A Fen­nec G-TROY. From one ra­dial en­gine to two, Nick Houghton gave his first pub­lic dis­play in the shin­ing Beech D-18S G-BKGL. De­nis Neville’s Fly­ing Cir­cus is al­ways pop­u­lar at Lit­tle Grans­den with the Chip­munk, Jacka­roo, Tiger Moth, Queen Bee and Emer­aude per­form­ing bal­loon burst­ing, streamer (toi­let roll!) cut­ting and dou­ble lim­bos. With the BBMF Lan­caster grounded, its place was ad­mirably taken by the B-17 Sally B flown by Peter Kuypers. John Ro­main re­ceived ap­plause from the crowd af­ter a beau­ti­ful dis­play in the Blen­heim — one of the af­ter­noon’s high­lights. Brous­sard, Jung­mann. Har­vard, Stear­man, Bird Dog and Yak 3 war­birds all per­formed, and Tony De Bruyn ‘called in for tea’ on his way home to Bel­gium. On the civil side, the lo­cally­based Spar­tan Ex­ec­u­tives flew a close for­ma­tion rou­tine, Mark Jef­feries and the Global Stars made in­tri­cate smoke pat­terns in the clear blue sky, as did Lau­ren Richard­son in Bob Grim­stead’s RF4D mo­tor-glider and Peter Davies in his gy­rat­ing Calidus. If you want to visit a crowd-friendly, in­ex­pen­sive (where else will you get a pro­gramme for £1 and a cup of tea for £1.25), en­ter­tain­ing air & car show next sum­mer, then Lit­tle Grans­den on 26 Au­gust should be in your 2018 diary.

John Ro­main in the Blen­heim

Ex­cel­lent first pub­lic dis­play by Nick Houghton in his Beech 18

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