British Heritage Flywheel Festival

I went along to this on the Saturday, and as last year there was a lot going on all day. Also, the event was even bigger than last year with a full programme of events going on all around the field and the restored buildings, as well as in the air, with many more trade stands to help us spend our pocket money. Highlights this year were again the sight of iconic racing cars taking to the track, WW1 and WW2 dogfights, and a display by one of the Battle of Britain Wing Spitfires. The WW2 dogfight was particularly good, since this was between a Spitfire and a Messerschmidtt BF109 (actually a licence-built Spanish Hispano Buchon).

Racing Alfa and view across the site RR Merlin and Bristol Hercules Engines

Also fascinating was the sight and sound of a Rolls-Royce Merlin and a Bristol Hercules engine being run on static trailers.

Spit and BF109 – spot the deliberate mistake?* He’s right behind you ……

There was of course a fine collection of pre 1970 cars in the display area (including my MGA) and plenty of Military vehicles and displays, including the Oxfordshirt Home Guard, who were entertaining the children while parents were in the beer tent, listening to the live music. I also went to the Brightwells auction – I had my eye on a BMW 2002 tii, but it went for more than I wanted to pay – even though most lots were failing to reach their reserve prices. A really good day out for all the family.

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