Vintage race at air show

2016-03-03 06:00
=Colin Dettmann with his SF25 Falke, Lourens Kruger and Tiaan Geyer who will be racing the 1929 Ford Model A against the “yellow bird”.    Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Colin Dettmann with his SF25 Falke, Lourens Kruger and Tiaan Geyer who will be racing the 1929 Ford Model A against the “yellow bird”. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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It will be a once in a lifetime experience watching the vintage race against a 1929 Ford Model and the bright yellow 1940 SF25 Falke Motor aircraft.

This and many other high flying and extreme activities will all be part of the weekend’s Wings & Wheels Festival and Doug Davidson Memorial Air Show at the Uitenhage Airfield.

German pilot Jan Schiedek-Jacht will take the controls of the Falke, challenging Tiaan Geyer in the vintage Ford, but it will be the turn-around time which will determine the winner. In another race, the grand finale of Saturday’s air show, a powerful Porsche V8 will race against Russell Phillips in his Whisper aircraft.

Activities start with a motorcade, beginning at VW PeoplePavilion cruising through town and ending at the airfield where they will be welcomed by the Caledonian Pipe Band. All participants meet at 07:00 at VW PeoplePavilion.

At 09:00 the honourable mayor Danny Jordaan will officially open the festival after arriving in a R22 helicopter with the well-known John Huddlestone as the pilot.

A L39 Jet from Stu Davidson will be the first of many spectacular aircraft to take to the sky. Various other aircraft like Slings, Cirrus, Mustang, Seafury, Sukoi, gyrocopters, gliders and helicopters will follow.

Aerobatic champions Patrick Davidson and Nigel Hopkins will show why they are reckoned among the top pilots in the world.

The newly developed extreme 4x4 track will surely be the place to watch the daring taking their powerful vehicles through the obstacle course. Also present will be the radio control 4x4 club as well as radio control aircraft club.

High Noon Dog School and Kennels will be hosting a doggie walk in aid of the Uitenhage SPCA at the airfield at 08:30. All participating dogs must be on leashes.

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