Gaydon

by In Reach Of The Skies July. 10, 2021 163 views

Time for a slghtly tenuous hobby link! Gaydon was site of an RAF airfield that opened in 1942 and served primarily in an OTU capacity, training aircrew during WWII. It continued to function after the war and was home to the first Vickers Valiant squadron, the first of the RAFs nuclear capable V bomber fleet.

Subsequently the field served other roles including as Victor and Canberra OCUs but closed in 1974 although an RAF gliding unit lingered for a little while. Subsequently the airfield was purchased by British Leyland and converted in to test track use. Today it contains the Aston Martin HQ together with the Jaguar Land Rover centre.

Als0 on site is the British Motor Museum, the subject of this post. It contains around 300 vehicles and is the largest museum collection of British vehicles anywhere, tracing motoring history back to the earliest days and including a number of protoypes as well as sporting vehicles and the odd film star as well.

Naturally I took many pictures, too many for here so this selection is limited to vehicles that I have memories of whilst growing up and starting out in adult life.

Peter


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David Nurse 2 months ago

Nice post. All the cars have character. Too many cars look similar these days.

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In Reach Of The Skies Replied to David Nurse 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Yes, today's cars are undoubtedly better but their looks struggle to inspire.

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Marcus Smith 2 months, 1 week ago

Wow, what an interesting collection Peter.  I forwarded this to my friend James, who I know would be keen on this.

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Marcus Smith Replied to Marcus Smith 2 months, 1 week ago

Some comments from James - who owns a Vanden Plas Princess 4 litre.  "To my surprise and amusement, there is a Vanden Plas
Princess 4 litre R at the bottom of the page (or close to the bottom). Plus if
I use my imagination, there is the R/F corner of an experimental car in one
photo. This I believe looks to be the Bentley Java project car where the
British Motor Corporation (who made the Mini and Princess) and Rolls-Royce were
collaborating on. They did produce an experimental chassis and perhaps this is
it. The vertically stacked headlamps show in the corner of the image. Gaydon
has been on my list of places to visit in England some time."

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In Reach Of The Skies Replied to Marcus Smith 2 months, 1 week ago

Hi Marcus
Most of the pictures I took are in my flickr account. You are welcome to share the link with your friend although some of them are the pictures posted here so will double up. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157719588178175

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In Reach Of The Skies Replied to Marcus Smith 2 months, 1 week ago

As an aside - Rebecca's Dad had a VP 4litre but both he (sadly) and the car were gone before I came on the scene.
Not sure if the double stacked headlights referred to are in picture 5? If so I believe this was an Alvis.

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Gethin Thomas 2 months, 1 week ago

So many familiar old faces. Been to Gaydon many times.

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In Reach Of The Skies Replied to Gethin Thomas 2 months, 1 week ago

First time for me and good to see the so many great cars. Undoubtedly not as good as today's offerings but they had more character in those days.

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Paul G 2 months, 1 week ago

I've always been a fan of Triumph.

But what I find most interesting is #4. What is that? I like that front end.

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In Reach Of The Skies Replied to Paul G 2 months, 1 week ago

Ah yes, it was the Wolsley badged version of the Austin Princess.

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