THE SHUTTLEWORTH COLLECTION

Sunday 2 July 2017 is Military Pageant. An event ticket will be required to visit the site and gates open at 9.00. Camping is available for this event.

Welcome to Shuttleworth, at Old Warden in Bedfordshire. The Collection of aircraft and cars was started by Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth, a passionate racer and pilot. Based in the aerodrome, the Collection contains some of last airworthy aircraft of their type remaining anywhere in the world.

  • Vintage aircraft: 1909-1950s
  • Vehicles: mostly Edwardian, early dogcarts and 1930s-1940s cars
  • Motorcycles, penny farthings and a 1904 Aurora
  • Agricultural exhibits: working Chaff Cutter, living van and tractors

The Collection opened to the public in 1963, and further aircraft and vehicles have been added over the years. Events that encompass flying displays and vehicle parades draw crowds from all over the world. The Collection’s aircraft and vehicles, as much as possible, are all kept working as intended – it’s where history flies and drives!

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DH60X, one of Richard’s aircraft – it still flies in airshows at the Collection today.

 

Look out for our Blériot XI, dating from 1909 – the world’s oldest airworthy aircraft; the racing aircraft DH88 Comet – which won the MacRobertson air race from England to Australia in 1934; and our Supermarine Spitfire being restored in the Engineering Workshop.

Download a map of The Collection. As this is a working collection aircraft and vehicles are not always found in the same place! Please ask our Visitor Centre staff if you are looking for a specific exhibit.

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The Vehicle Collection

Richard Shuttleworth was a passionate racing driver, who also enjoyed collecting and restoring vintage vehicles. In keeping with his ethos of everything working as intended the vehicles can be seen running at our main events throughout the year. The Collection is home to:

  • Veteran, Edwardian and early Vintage cars
  • Vintage bicycles
  • Classic motorcycles
  • Early carriages and dog carts
  • Three vintage buses (on which visitors can ride for free at many events throughout the year, and one which is available for wedding hire).

Richard also enjoyed entering the London to Brighton run, and this year we will enter a car he himself took on the route, the 1903 De Dietrich. See below a video of last year’s run with the 1901 Arrol-Johnston.

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browse the Motorcycle Collection