JEC Oxfordshire Again Attends 2 Events in One Weekend - Our Vulcan Trip and the Chearsley Village Show

Not content with having attended two events in one weekend the previous weekend, the JEC Oxfordshire Region again attended 2 events the very next weekend. The first was our, much postponed by Covid-19, trip to see the Vulcan at Wellesbourne Areodrome and the other was The Chearsley Village Show.

As always, a great time was had by all.

The Vulcan Trip WAS EVERYTHING WE HAD HOPED IT WOULD BE, EVEN AFTER A YEAR OR MORE OF WAITING

This was another of our events that had been a casualty of Covid-19, but both our Region and the team at 655MaPS that maintain the aircraft were looking forward to this visit hugely. And the weather was just right for a trip that blew away the 24 people who attended.

We are a lucky Region ! One of our members was a Vulcan Pilot and another's close friend would be our visit host at Wellesbourne, near Stratford upon Avon. The lucky attendees (the event was oversubscribed) met up at Warwick Services, to then drive over to the airfield cafe for a breakfast bap etc. and then got to see / have their and theirr cars’ photos taken with the Vulcan (both as a group and separately, the latter at the cost of an additional donation to the 655MaPS Trust via the Region).

Groups of 4 at a time were able to visit the engineering and flight decks. Meanwhile, the 5 other groups of 4 were be intorduced to other elements of the plane and facilities.

Avro Vulcan XM655 was third from last of the Vulcan bombers produced for the Royal Air Force, being delivered in late 1964, and was part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent force throughout the 1960s and 1970s. It is now owned by Wellesbourne Airfield, and is looked after by 655 Maintenance and Preservation Society (655MaPS) which is a volunteer organisation of Vulcan enthusiasts.

XM655 is one of the few Vulcans remaining in ground running condition, the only one with the most powerful of the engine variants (Bristol Olympus 301s - perecursor to the engines for Concorde) and 655MaPS aim to keep it running for as long as possible. The aircraft systems are powered up and exercised regularly, engine ground runs are carried out several times every year to raise funds to support its preservation.

If all that was then not enough, our Members' cars (and the members of course) were photographed under the plane, before many returned to the Cafe, others bought souvenirs and all drove home after a very great day indeed.

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WITH THREE EVENTS IN 8 DAYS NOT ENOUGH FOR SOME, A GROUP THEN SLOWED THE PACE AT A GREAT VILLAGE SHOW

Region stalwarts Barry Hack, John Reed and Harry Mastthews the went to the Chearsley Village Classic & Vintage Fun Day. For John, and his wife Angie (who brought along her lovely Mx5) this made 4 events in 8 days !

In its 10th year raising funds for the Chearsley Village Cricket Club’s Junior Team, it was once again a veritable extravaganza. The 2019 show was their most successful ever with about 350 vehicles on display. Our Region cars joined other Jaguars to put on a fine show and fly our flag literally.

As well as all the stunning vehicles there was live music, food & drink counters, stalls, fairground rides & a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight also flew over.

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So, another great event and this week it is the Region and Mission Motorsport's '[email protected]' event, to be attended by a fine range of Members' cars, some very special Jaguars including a group from the JDHT.