August Airshows… CarFest North, CarFest South, Castle Hill Car Festival & Lt Gransden.

August is going to be busy! Apart from all the other events including our very own Little Gransden Air & Car Show at the end of the month, display commitments and running the airfield I have a number of high profile air display performances to do for my long term supporter, Abarth Cars UK, at The Castle Hill Car Festival down in Devon and the two CarFest events (CarFest North event in Cheshire and the CarFest South event in Hampshire). I’ve done air displays at these events before so it’s a pleasure to be invited back to entertain the spectators again.. I must be doing something right! 🙂

carfest north - carfest south

The first one, CarFest North at the Oulton Park racing circuit on 1st to 3rd August, is the hugely popular event that is promoted by Chris Evans and, like our air show here at Little Gransden is supporting the BBC Children in Need cause. There are still a few tickets left for the event in the North but the South is sold out. One of the problems I have is I never get to enjoy the whole event – I do my display and then, if I haven’t got other shows, head home… fast cars, good food and a music line-up including Simple Minds, Paloma Faith, Tom Odell, Jools Holland, 10cc and Texas it promises to be even bigger and better than last year. CarFest South is held at Laverstoke Park Farm (near Popham) on the 22nd to 24th August… obviously I’ll fly there and then get back to the Little Gransden Airshow to put on a good show for the crowds there.

Castle Hill Car Festival

The other display will be at The Castle Hill Car Festival near Barnstaple on the 9th and 10th August – it looks like a great event from the air and again has all you would expect with classic cars and racing car challenge with family fun to make it a great day out for all the family.

airshow - car show

Don’t know if I mentioned this? …and please don’t forget to visit the Little Gransden Air and Car Show 🙂

The Little Gransden Children in Need show is a sell out, first time ever. This is down to the only 2 flying Lancaster’s in the World paying us a visit. The draft flight order is below. Also paying us a visit is the Avro Vulcan, so thats 3 Avros in our bit of sky 🙂

Supporting the BBC Children in Need Appeal 2014 and local charities, the Little Gransden Car & Air Show will include over four hours of vintage and World class aerobatic flying displays, a vintage, veteran and classic vehicle rally plus numerous other attractions. We have been running our show since 1992 and have raised over £165,000 for charity over the years.

Order Aircraft Reg Pilot Comments Time on Total Time off
1 Spitfire Clive Denny From Biggin Hill 13:00 8 13:08
2 Tiger Moth G-AOEI / G-AHIZ Howard Cook Cambridge Flying Group 13:09 8 13:17
C172 G-UFCB Terry Holloway
3 Pitts Special G-BKDR Lauren Richardson 13:18 8 13:26
4 TwoTwoFly Microlight G-MZOW Greg Burns 13:27 5 13:32
5 RV8 Gerald Williams Team Raven 13:33 10 13:43
6 Twister Jon Gowdy 13:45 8 13:53
7 Auster G-ASCC Dale Featherby Observation and Trainers 13:54 10 14:04
Bird Dog G-PDOG Justin Needham
Navion N4956C Nigel Willson
8 T28 Fennec N14113 Ray Corstin 14:06 8 14:14
9 L4 Cub G-BMKC Clive Denny Normandy Bears 14:15 10 14:25
L4 Cub G-BECN Don Sigournay
* Church Service 14:26 8 14:34
10 Lancaster BBMF Lancaster Duo 14:34 7 14:41
Lancaster C-GVRA Canadian Warplane Heritage
11 P51 Mustang G-MRLL Rob Davis Station 104 14:43 8 14:51
12 RV8 G-RVPL Matt Summers 14:52 8 15:00
13 Chipmunk G-BUMX Howard Cook Red Sparrows 15:01 10 15:11
Chipmunk G-BYHL Jon Higgins
Chipmunk G-AOSY Don Sigournay
Chipmunk G-BWUT Clive Denny
14 Stearman 450 N56200 Mark Jeffries 15:13 6 15:19
15 Pitts Special G-IIIP Richard Grace Trig Aerobatic Team 15:20 10 15:22
Pitts Special G-PIII Dave Puleston
16 Chipmunk G- ALWB Dennis Neville Denis Neville Flying Circus 15:23 18 15:41
Jackaroo G-ANZT Trish Neville
Queen Bee G-BLUZ John Flynn
Tiger Moth G-AZGZ Porter
PIEL CP301B G-AZGY Braithwaite
17 FX Glider Guy Westgate or Ian Galleger 15:43 8 15:51
18 Vulcan XH558 G-VLCN Martin Withers Flypast – wake turbulence! 15:52 3 15:55
19 Spartan 1 N17615 Bob Morcom Spartan Executive Pair 15:58 10 16:08
Spartan 2 N17633 Ian Austin
20 Extra G-IHHI Mark Jefferies MJ land in 14:25
Global Stars
Formation for 8 mins
MJ solo for 8 mins
16:10 16 16:26
Extra G-IITC Tom Cassells
Extra G-EXTR Steve Calver
Extra G-EXIL Chris Burkett
21 Extra & Scale Model G-EXIL C Burkett Global Star with model 16:27 7 16:34
22 Storch G-STCH Peter Holloway 16:35 8 16:43
23 Yak 52 G-BXJB Nigel Willson 16:44 8 16:52
24 Hurricane G-HHII Peter Teichman Land in earlier in display 16:53 8 17:01
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