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The Footman James Sywell Classic: Pistons and Props motoring festival continues to reach new heights after a successful second outing saw racing and aviation legends in action.


Attracting 13,787 visitors, highlights of the show included live action motorsport on the ‘Racing Runway’ where the Martini-liveried Lancia LC2 reached top speeds of 192mph, only to be beaten by the KTM racing bike which tipped 195mph.



















Both were eclipsed by the phenomenal presence of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster Bomber, accompanied by the Hurricane and Spitfire to create a display that caused many to shed a tear.


Event director Tom Siddall said: “The feedback has been overwhelming and it’s brilliant how all the people involved have really taken this event to their hearts. All of them comment on the atmosphere and it was great to see more and more people arriving in vintage dress and getting into the spirit of the festival.


“We took all the feedback from the first event and used it to build an even better show for 2014, so we’ll apply the same ethos for next year’s event. There is so much more to come from Sywell Classic!”


Having grown by around a third since its inaugural event in 2013, over 76 classic motoring clubs took part in the two-day event, ranging from Ford GT40s to Morgans, Corvettes to classic Caravans, resulting in over 1,200 cars on display.


UK Street Machines lead 36 dragsters and hot rods onto the ‘Sprint Strip’ for its shoot out competition with Phil Middleton and his ten-litre V8-powered Fordson Van that produces just under 1,000 horse power claiming the top spot.


The Historic Rally Car Register’s 30th anniversary celebrations, which finished with a final test at the show, saw Charles Graves and Ron Palmer in their Triumph TR4 steal the win from Duncan Wild and Steve Skepper (Austin Cooper) who took second place. Mick Briggs and Matt Fowle (Riley Elf) finished third while Betty and Peter Banham won the ‘Spirit of the Rally’ award, donated by Castrol.


Classic motorbikes had a much bigger presence in 2014 with around 250 examples on display and racing up the runway. A trio of Ducati Superbikes lined up against the limited edition Hesketh 24 motorcycle, much to bike fans’ delight.


Up in the sky, The Blades and the Yakovlevs aerobatic display teams caused many a sharp intake of breath with their show stopping routines while WW1 was represented by the fantastic eight plane line-up of Great War Display Team featuring Iron Maiden star Bruce Dickinson.


While petrol-heads of all ages enjoyed the action, those who enjoyed the vintage lifestyle took in the new Vintage Fair in Hangar One, the 100 strong Classic Trader Village, and headed to the Pilot’s Mess where the stunning Elle & the Pocket Belles performed alongside rockabilly band The Houndogs.  


The next Footman James Sywell Classic: Pistons & Props will take place on 26th and 27th September 2015.


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Sywell Classic: Pistons & Props 26th and 27th September 2015