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    We are going to Croft, but will most likely only be taking one Jeep. Lynne had a fall 10 months ago which is causing nerve/spinal problems, and she's on some pretty severe pain killers which limit what and when she can drive. So we'll probably be minimising the effort we make this year, and I'll drive the normal car towing Jessie on our trailer.
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    Sorry to hear that. I hope you enjoy Croft. If you need help anytime just ask.

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    Croft Nostalgia - Aug 5/6th

    For Croft, the Dodge was off the road waiting for some new brake shoes to be fitted and Lynne wasn't up to driving a Jeep. Because I still needed a Jeep for marshalling duties, this meant just taking Jessie. So for 2017, my display was a little depleted, 'though I did still manage to take the signal square and small wall tent.



    We had a number of aircraft fly in for the show. The first, shown below, is the Bucker Bestmann, returning for a third year. The de Havilland Chipmunk returned for its second year at Croft. This aircraft was found in a disassembled state and rebuilt by its current owner over a 10 year period. Other aircraft flown in were a Jodel, flown in by one of the racing competitors, and a Piper Cub.

    Bestmann


    Chipmunk


    Jodel


    Piper Cub
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    There were several hundred classic cars on display. The first picture shows just part of the main show field, but the classics were spread much further around the circuit.





    The military display line was once again along the old main runway, and had a nice variety of vehicles, but Jeeps, Champs and Land Rovers made up the largest numbers.



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    We had two visiting aero engines, a Rolls Royce Merlin V12 and a Bristol Hercules radial which were run a number of times across the weekend.







    There was also an Emeraude and a Pietenpol Air Camper on display which are based at Croft.



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    There was a replica Spitfire MkIX, which looked fairly good except for the propeller blades, which were attached twisted the wrong way. With the blades installed like this, it would accelerate backwards when the throttle was opened! They've all been attached with negative pitch, and it seems to be a regular occurrence where this Spitfire is displayed. Never mind, other than that, it looked quite good along with the RAF Hillman staff car and bomb/aircraft tractor.





    The Twisters aerobatic team were back again, displaying each day. Just a couple of months ago, we were in doubt whether the Twisters Aerobatic Team would be able to appear at Croft. Back in May, Chris suffered an engine failure and heavy forced landing during a display. Thankfully he made a full recovery, and the team gave us a great display on each day of our show. Here's a few shots of the walkthrough of the routine, start up and the display itself. So many thanks to Chris and Pete for pulling out all the stops for us.



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    For many, the star of the show was the BBMF Avro Lancaster. We've tried for many years to get the Lancaster to appear, and were frequently frustrated by our show falling on the one Summer weekend that the BBMF crews have free of flying! 2017 was finally our year, and it was fantastic to see the Lanc back over the former RAF Croft, a sight that would have been an every day occurrence 73 years ago.











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    All too soon, the weekend was over, and the vehicles and aircraft departed, and it was all over for another year.







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    Thanks for the show report. A Friendly show.

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    Sounds like a great show.
    I've seen the Lanc over the Netherlands back in 1998 and a few times at W&P.
    Would love to see it again.
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