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195. Bicester Sunday Brunch scramble

21/09/2015

We had a day off, and then we were back at Bicester for their Sunday Brunch Scramble event – a half day (9 to 2) show mainly for classic cars, but with other vintage machinery on display as well.

We had been given pole position by the pedestrian entrance gate next to a large hangar, and since only Sue and I were there, she put up all the display stuff while I wheeled 1264 round from the hangar.

There was thick mist and it was quite a puzzle to work out which way I should be going.

It’s level tarmac all the way, and should have been a fairly easy push on my own, but I must admit to having to take several breathers along the way. The greatest challenge was to fit her through the security gate where the pedestrians were to come through. It’s 6m wide, and I can tell you now that this is the absolute minimum we can squeeze her through.

But it went fine, and we had a great day talking to all the people who came to see her.

Everyone is very complimentary about her, and while it’s quite an effort to come down the night before, stay in a B&B and get up early in order to have everything ready on time, the response of the public makes it a very worthwhile exercise every time.

Young Rhys was wearing his great uncle's flying helmet that had seen service in a tank-busting Hawker Tempest II in WWI, but was very much taken with the aviation from the previous World War.

Young Rhys was wearing his great uncle’s flying helmet that had seen service in a tank-busting Hawker Tempest II in WWI, but was very much taken with the aviation from the previous World War.

We meet a diverse range of people with a very wide range of knowledge of WWI aviation, but all of them are interested in 1264 and the story behind her, and each of them has their own interesting story to tell.

The mist didn’t fully clear until more or less the end of the scramble, but it didn’t spoil everyone’s fun – except for one Jodel pilot who only just managed to fly in as the event was closing.

Sue was on her feet all day telling the story and keeping everyone interested. We bought two folding chairs with us and never even unfolded them!

Sue was on her feet all day telling the story and keeping everyone interested. We bought two folding chairs with us and never even unfolded them!

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