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Sywell Classic returns for fans of wheels and wings

by Antony Ingram
13 September 2021 2 min read
Sywell Classic returns for fans of wheels and wings
Photos: Sywell Classic

Whether it’s an appreciation of history or simply a love for all things mechanical, there’s often considerable overlap between those when it comes to classic cars and vintage aircraft. Where better to celebrate both then than this year’s Sywell Classic show in Northamptonshire?

Sywell Classic: Pistons & Props is returning on 25-26 September after a frustrating Covid-enforced absence. There’s now a full roster of entertainment confirmed, and the Northamptonshire-based event promises to be a must-visit show before the season begins to wind down in the autumn.

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There will, naturally, be plenty on offer for those who prefer wings to wheels. Sywell is an aerodrome with an attendant aviation museum, after all, but Pistons & Props will also feature air displays, including aerial acrobatics from The Starlings aerobatic team, and a World War II-era dogfight re-enactment between a Spitfire and a Hispano Buchón.

With other aircraft both vintage and modern welcomed to visit the show all weekend, it’s likely you’ll get to see some other interesting arrivals and flypasts too.

On the ground, meanwhile, there will be classic club displays for both cars and motorcycles, camping, and both a vintage village and funfair, as well as priority parking for those arriving in or on something old and interesting.

With plenty of large, flat stretches of runway and perimeter roads, there’ll also be a chance to catch some drag racing, with more than a hundred vehicles providing demonstrations – an ex-Schumacher 1992 Benetton B192 will be in attendance – or good old-fashioned first-past-the-post battles.

Sywell Classic Piston and Props_Pete Austin
Launch control – the traditional way. Photo: Sywell Classic/Pete Austin

And if you’re looking for another excuse to get dolled up following this weekend’s Goodwood Revival, there will be awards for the best-dressed too. There are awards for ladies and gentlemen, with winners receiving a certificate, bottle of wine, and a photograph. For inspiration, think the same wartime to ‘60s/’70s period that goes down well at Goodwood.

The Sywell Classic will take place on September 25-26, at the Sywell Aerodrome just outside of Wellingborough. Ticket prices start at £18, and under-15s get in free.

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