A spectacular festival of motoring and aviation not only brought a cornucopia of vehicles and aircraft from across the country roaring into the Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop, Hampshire last Saturday (1 July), but also saw a flypast from the only airworthy Lancaster in Great Britain from the iconic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which saw visitors gasp in admiration at the sight and sound of this spectacular aircraft flying low across the Hampshire skies.
The Army Flying Museum, and the adjacent Army Air Corps airfield, saw aircraft, motorcycles, classic and super cars descend for the third Wallop, Wheels and Wings event, attracting a sell-out audience of over 4000 visitors. The event also saw the Apache Helicopter make a static guest appearance, with visitors able to get up close to the aircraft and chat with some of the crew.
There were many classic and super car clubs in attendance, spanning over one hundred years of motoring including the Lotus Club, Ferrari Owners’ Club, the MX5 Owners Club and the Jaguar Drivers Club.
Top vehicles went before a panel of judges including Mark Dixon, Deputy Editor of Octane Magazine, in a Concours D’Elegance, with the winner a 1954 Daimler Conquest Roadster.
Children were kept entertained at the event with replica historic pedal planes, inflatables, dressing up, circus skills, medal making, laser tag and a fabulous STEM trailer brought to the event by sponsors Rolls-Royce plc.
A shopping village showcased many local traders and visitors were treated to lots of great delights from local businesses including the River Test Distillery, New Forest Shortbread, Homemade Brownie Company and many more.
As the sun came out in the afternoon, visitors were treated to two more flypasts at the event by the beautiful Navy Wings Swordfish and a dual flypast by the Rolls-Royce Heritage Flight.
Lucy Johnson, Army Flying Museum CEO, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed so many people to our biggest and best-ever Wallop Wheels & Wings. This is the key event in the museum’s fundraising calendar and it is so important in helping to raise the profile of the museum and the work that we do. It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces and to see such a wonderful variety of cars, bikes and aircraft join us and the fly past by the Lancaster was a very special moment that we will never forget! Roll on 2024 when the event will coincide with the Museum’s 40th anniversary!"
Wallop Wheels and Wings 2024 is set to take place on 13 July 2024.