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Early birds will be up for big day

PUBLISHED: 16:01 31 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

HUNDREDS of plane and auto enthusiasts will be descending on the tiny village of Raydon tomorrow as it plays host to the third - and possibly the last - classic air and auto show.

HUNDREDS of plane and auto enthusiasts will be descending on the tiny village of Raydon tomorrow as it plays host to the third – and possibly the last – classic air and auto show.

The biennial show, held near Hadleigh, has been organised by a trio of residents – John Anderson, Erik Ellis and former RAF jet pilot Archie Carmichael, plus dedicated helpers.

Although the last two shows have failed to break even, the three are optimistic this time there will be enough profit to help village organisations.

The event, dubbed arguably the only really grass-roots air show like it in the country, has plenty to see with an impressive collection of planes and classic vehicles.

Some of the visitors include B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, which was built in 1945 and spent nine years as a training and testing facility before it was placed in storage in Pennsylvania. Sally B is now a star of film and television, appearing in the Thames television series We'll Meet Again and the film Memphis Belle.

Other famous Second World War names include the Republic P47D Thunderbolt, the Hawker Hurricane XIIB and the Bristol Blenheim.

There's also plenty of other amusements, including the identical twin wing walkers, Lorna and Rachel Cookson, 21, from Preston, Lancashire, who are this year's Utterly Butterly Wing Walking team.

They follow in the footsteps of aptly named Julie Bird, 31, of Stowupland winner of the Evening Star competition. The 31-year-old secretary from Stowupland scooped a dare devil flight with the Utterly Butterly team, strapped to a specially modified 450hp Boeing Stearman. Runner up was Nicki Gooch of Sutton, near Woodbridge, who won a family pack of VIP tickets to the show.

As well as static and flying planes, there are classic cars and military vehicles on show. Among the 126 vintage and classic cars will be an Alvis Silver Eagle, a Jaguar SS and the only Rolls Royce 25/50 to be built by Caffyns of Eastbourne. The car, built in 1936 now belongs to Bernie Fosdike, from Ipswich.

History enthusiasts will be able to visit a museum on the airfield site. Other attractions include a funfair, full-sized and miniature steam engines, stalls and refreshments.

Gates open at 8.30 am. There will be directions to the show off the A12 and onto the B1070 towards Hadleigh.

Weblinks:

www.raydonwings.com

www.M/407.co.uk

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