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Little Classics News: 25 March 2014

Historic Racers Invited Onto the Grid at Footman James Sywell Classic - Pistons and Props

Historic Racers Invited Onto the Grid at Footman James Sywell Classic - Pistons and PropsEntries are now being taken from historic racers wishing to drive on the ‘Racing Runway’ and ‘Sprint Strip’ at the Footman James Sywell Classic – Pistons and Props motoring festival, held at Northamptonshire’s Sywell Aerodrome on Sat 27th and Sun 28th September.

Quoted as being the ‘surprise hit of the 2013 classic motoring calendar’, the inaugural event saw a varied grid of pre-war to Formula 1 single seaters, sports cars and saloons participating in a demonstration run under clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine.

Individuals and clubs are welcome to express their interest to the organisers who will then review the applications and offer free invitations to create a diverse racing spectacular for enthusiasts to enjoy.

Sywell Aerodrome’s taxiway is transformed into the ‘Sprint Strip’ where dragsters and motorcycles burned up the tarmac. The mile-long main runway, with its smooth surface and high grip concrete, became the circuit with a right hand bend, long straight with midway chicane and 180 degree hairpin before a flying finish.

Each classic car taking part in the demonstration, which is run in accordance with MSA requirements relating to sprints and hill climbs, gets two runs per session, with two sessions per day. There is also evening refreshments and entertainment.

Away from the motorsport, visitors are treated to amazing aerial displays from aerobatic and formation teams such as The Blades and the Yakovlevs Display team. Chipmunks, Be2s, Wilgas, Tiger Moths, Extra 300s and Tomahawks are just a few of the iconic planes that will fly into the show and landing on the grass airstrip.

Classic motoring clubs, companies and traders interested in exhibiting at Sywell Classic can contact Live Promotions on tel: 01775 768 661 or email: To book tickets and for the latest updates, visit


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