Race Day & Roaring Twenties Finale

Sunday 2 October 2016

Our season finale is always extra special and this year’s Race Day & Roaring Twenties closes our flying season. The line-up is of aircraft with fun and exciting displays including the Calidus, P51D Mustang, and vintage racing aircraft from The Collection (see full line up below). Come in 1920’s attire to get into the spirit of the day!

Expect a full day’s entertainment with visiting and Collection cars, vintage bus rides, live music, and free Airfix Make&Paint. And new for this year a vintage car ‘Sprint’! The Inaugural Shuttleworth Sprint on our grass runway for three classes of vehicle:

  • Veteran and Edwardian
  • Pre-War Vintage
  • Post War 40’s/50’s/60’s*

raceday-sunbeam  golden_ford

The Sprint is not timed, non competitive and no race licences are required. Terms and Conditions apply, and can be found on the entry form. Shuttleworth reserves the right to refuse any entry – please email Helen.Woods@shuttleworth.org to request an entry form if you would like to enter a vehicle to take part.

*Depending on numbers, we may have to select cars from this class to take part in our fun Sprint Event.

(‘Golden Ford’ image above right ©Jonathan Page)

Visiting Aircraft

  • Cassutt (Des Hart)
  • Shoestring (Trevor Jarvis)
  • Ballerina (Pete Kynsey)
  • Cassutt (Mel Saggers)
  • Calidus (Peter Davies)
  • Miles Messenger (Matt Boddington)
  • Spartan Executive
  • Mew Gull replica (David Beale)
  • P51D Mustang (Pete Teichman)
  • Chilton (Roy Nerou)
  • PROVISIONAL – Chilton (Michael Gibbs)
  • Chilton (David Reid)
  • Vega Gull
  • Edge 540 (Kester Scrope)

Collection Aircraft

  • 1950s: Fauvel
  • 1960s: Piper Cub
  • 1920s: DH60, Comper Swift
  • 1930s: Mile Magister, Desoutter, DH88 Comet
  • WWI aircraft: SE5a, Bristol M1C, Bristol F2.b
  • Edwardian: Bristol Boxkite, Deperdussin, Blackburn Monoplane and Avro Triplane

All aircraft are provisional and may be subject to change.

Additional entertainment


  • Live Music with the Polka Dot Dolls
  • ‘Make & paint’ with Airfix & IPMS Brampton (free)
  • Swiss Garden tours at 12.00 and 15.00 (free)
  • Flightline tours at 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30 (book at SVAS stand)
  • The Shuttleworth Re-enactor Historians
  • Pilot’s chat: 1934 DH88 Comet (please note earlier time 10.30)
  • Warbirds flight simulator (Spitfire) (pay-as-you-go)
  • Giant Scalextric: 8 lane racing circuit with hairpin bends and blistering strengths (free)
  • Mini Landrovers (pay-as-you-go)
  • Biggleswade Sea Cadet band (outside Visitor Centre)
  • Shuttleworth Sprint
  • The House is open from 10.00-14.00. Visitors can explore rooms with House stewards available to answer questions about the history of The House and the Shuttleworth family. Tea & cake available to purchase in The Morning room.*

Polka Dot Dolls  Spitfire Flight Simulator

*Please note that access to The House is via the Swiss Garden. The underpass is cobbled and currently unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Event Timings

9.00 – Gates open

10.00-14.00- Giant Scalextric

10.30 – Pilot’s chat: 1934 DH88 Comet (please note earlier time)

12.00 – Shuttleworth Sprint

14.00 – Flying Display begins

17.40 – Approximate end of display

The restaurant, visitor centre and gift shop are open for the duration of the event and close 30 minutes after the end of the flying display.

Additional info

Event commentators: George Ellis & Tim Callaway.

Parking is free, and disabled parking is available.

Dogs on leads are permitted outside on-site but are not allowed in hangars, restaurant, Visitor Centre, and Swiss Garden (assistance dogs are the exception).

Smoking in permitted in designated areas only.

No commercial filming or photography is allowed without permission.

Shutttle bus

  • 11.30 – leaves from Biggleswade train station
  • 18.00 – leaves Shuttleworth for return journey
  • Adult – £9.50 return or £5.00 single (pay on the bus)
  • Children under 16 free

Group Bookings

Discount for groups of 10+ people, available to book until Tuesday 27 September 2016. Please email Helen Woods or call 01767 627924 (Mon-Frid, 9.00-17.00).

On the day gate prices

Adult – £28

Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)

SVAS – £16

Exemptions (Free entry)

Pilot (only) of a pre-1945 aircraft have free entry (occupants must pay). You must pre-book a PPR slot.

Pilot and up to two occupants free for a pre-1945 twin engine aircraft. You must pre-book a PPR slot.

Online Booking


By booking an SVAS ticket you are agreeing that you are a current member of the SVAS with a current membership card that will be valid on the date of this event. Failure to show your valid card on the gate in conjunction with this ticket will render you liable to pay the additional monies up to the value of a non SVAS member.