Panther Enthusiasts Club UK

Heart Air Display and Classic car Show

Rougham Airfield Suffolk

August 16th 2009

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Whenever an event approaches you nervously look at the weather forecast to see what is in store for you. The weather was especially important this time because the Classic Car Show was being held in conjunction with a Air Show and so it was it was with a sigh of relieve that Sunday turned out to be hot and sunny. The only temporary concern was with the strong winds - would they affect the air show. As it turned out the only worry we had about the strong wind was - would the repaired banner pole hold out? you may remember that it snapped in the strong winds at Kimbolton. However, hold out it did in spite of needing 4 guy ropes to hold it up.

We had an ideal club site that stretched right along one side of the arena. To watch what was going on in the arena and/or in the air all we had to do was turn our chairs in the arena direction. It was nice to have 14 vehicles on display, especially with John's magnificent Deville as a centrepiece. As usual the cars attracted a great deal of interest. The fact that the show was in Suffolk meant that we had cars from Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk as well as the usual regulars from Essex, Surrey and Hampshire on display.

We also welcomed another new "member" to our group (Chris Seear and his companion Veronica). That makes 3 new members that have joined us this year which is a welcome trend.

The Airshow was far better than I expected. It lasted for 4 hours and included  WW1 replicas, WW2 planes, post WW2 jets and the Spearman formation team Biplanes as well as owners just flying in for the event and a very agile auto giro.

The day passed quickly, but the end of the show wasn't the end of the enjoyment. We were all invited back to John & Linda Deed's delightful country home for a tea and a biscuit. Tea and a biscuit! With the quantity and variety of food and drink that Linda had prepared whilst John "swanned" off enjoying himself at a car show, she could have fed the whole of the Rougham event. Altogether it was a great day.

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