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Race Weekend

Classic racing cars will thunder down the runway at the Shuttleworth Sprint on Sunday and on the air show day Saturday the finest racing aircraft of the period, including the winning de Havilland DH88 Comet, will celebrate Richard Shuttleworth’s racing career in the 1930s.

Shuttleworth air shows are the perfect family day out, expect thrilling air displays from historic aircraft and explore the beautiful Shuttleworth Swiss Garden.  There is something to keep the whole family entertained!

Please note that the air show is on Saturday 2 October starting at 10am, which is counter to our normal programme of shows.  This is to allow the vehicles to sprint down the runway on Sunday 3 October.

To enter your vehicle for the Shuttleworth Sprint or Period  paddock, please see details below.


Format update

Our air shows in September and October have strong themes and exciting ground attractions.  We are therefore reverting to a car park format and we will not be renewing our covid boxes.  Commentary will be through our standard PA system. Some parking will still be on the main paddocks but the spacing will be standard, with seating areas at the front of the parking.

If you have booked a ‘covid box’ in addition to your air show tickets, and the cost of this will be refunded to you.


Saturday 2 October: T6 Harvard Warbird Flights

Experience an exhilarating introductory flight experience in the beautiful 1940s T6 Harvard – “The Wacky Wabbit”. When you climb into the cockpit, you will be transported back to the 1940s as your senses experience the sight, sound, and smell of this vintage Warbird.

T6 Harvard Aviation offer a limited number of flights at this air show prior to the flying display. Each flight lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Flight cost for one person: £399 Video is also available: £50

Please note that these experiences are part of the Air Show attractions, and you will still need to book an air show ticket and vehicle (or pedestrian) box in addition (see above).

To book, please visit the T6 Harvard Aviation by clicking on the link below – scroll down the page to select the date you wish to book for.

Harvard Introductory flights are operated by an external company, T6 Harvard Ltd. Please be sure to read their Terms & Conditions prior to booking.





Saturday 2 October: FREE Shuttle Bus

For pedestrians wishing to attend the show, a free shuttle bus service will run from Biggleswade train station to Shuttleworth. This will run on a loop starting at Biggleswade train station at 10:30 and run continuously until approx 13:30. Journey time is approx 15 minutes each way.

The bus will not run during the air display, but will recommence after the display ends at approx 17:00 and continue for an hour and a half.

Saturday 2 October: Flightline Tours

Get up close and personal with the aircraft on a Flightline Tour for just £10 per person, with a knowledgeable guide on hand to talk about the aircraft and answer your questions.

Tours are in small groups of four people and last for approx. 45 minutes.

Book here


Additional Information

Aircraft Line-up

Our anticipated aircraft line-up for Saturday 2 October 2021 is as listed below.

All aircraft are subject to serviceability and weather conditions on the day.


Visiting AircraftOperator
Supermarine Spitfire PRXIAircraft Restoration Company
Spartan 7W ExecutiveNigel Pickard
LeVier Cosmic WindPete Kynsey
Cassutt SpecialTerence Gardener
Rollason BetaAidan Grimley
Druine TurbulentScott Butler
Arrow ActiveBen Cox
Scottish Aviation BulldogSimon Tilling
Chilton DW1AMichael Gibbs
Chilton DW1AChris Barnes
Chilton DW1ADavid Reid
Percival Mew GullDavid Beale
Extra 330Mark Jefferies
Slingsby PetrelGraham Saw
Slingsby Kirby Kite prototypeDavid Underwood
Eon Olympia IITerence Henderson


The Shuttleworth Collection/Old Warden Based Aircraft Operator 
Comper SwiftThe Shuttleworth Collection
Polikarpov Po2The Shuttleworth Collection
de Havilland DH51The Shuttleworth Collection
Percival ProvostThe Shuttleworth Collection
Southern MartletThe Shuttleworth Collection
Piper Super CubThe Shuttleworth Collection
de Havilland Tiger MothThe Shuttleworth Collection
Miles MagisterThe Shuttleworth Collection
Miles MagisterDavid Bramwell
Miles Hawk Speed SixThe Shuttleworth Collection
de Havilland CometThe Shuttleworth Collection
Percival Mew GullThe Shuttleworth Collection
Sopwith CamelThe Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol M1CThe Shuttleworth Collection
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5aThe Shuttleworth Collection
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5aTom Harris
Bristol ScoutDavid Bremner
Gloster GladiatorThe Shuttleworth Collection
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VThe Shuttleworth Collection
Avro 504KThe Shuttleworth Collection
Blackburn Type D MonoplaneThe Shuttleworth Collection
English Electric WrenThe Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol BoxkiteThe Shuttleworth Collection
Avro TriplaneThe Shuttleworth Collection
DeperdussinThe Shuttleworth Collection

Air Show Visiting Pilots

For those visitors wishing to fly into an air show, we have a limited number of PPR slots available. In order to book your slot, you will first need to purchase an air show ticket for each person in your aircraft.

Please note that the landing fee is an additional £10 payable on the day.

Once you have bought your tickets, please email the Control Tower to book your landing slot: or call John deMain on: 07875 028876 and quote your ticket number.

If you have any other queries relating to the air show, please contact our Air Show Manager.

Please also visit our airfield information page for further details.

Sunday 3 October: Race Day Shuttleworth Sprint

On Sunday, we will be hosting our fifth annual Shuttleworth Sprint for Veteran, Edwardian and Vintage race cars and motorcycles. This year is the first time hosting a dedicated day to vehicles only, with a full day of Sprints on the newly extended grass runway.

The 2021 Sprint categories are:

  • Pre-1939 Veteran, Edwardian & Vintage Race and Sports Cars
  • Pre-1939 Veteran, Edwardian & Vintage Road & Race Motorcycles

Please note that the sprint is not timed, non-competitive and no race licenses are required.

Vehicles will be on display to the public, where owners and drivers will be able to showcase their vehicles in a socially distanced, dedicated area for visitors to view safely.

To enter your pre-WWII race car or motorcyle into the Sprint, please complete the online entry form:


Sprint Terms & Conditions apply.

Please refer to the entry form for details on ticket allocation.


Shuttleworth Period & Supercar Paddocks

To complement the Sprint, we invite owners of historic vehicles and classic vehicles to showcase their vehicles in the paddocks and gather together to celebrate Richard Shuttleworth’s motoring legacy.

The 2021 Paddock categories are:

  • Pre-WWII Period Paddock – Pre-1939 Veteran, Edwardian & Vintage road & race cars and motorcycles
  • Post-WWII Period Paddock – Post-WWII, 1950’s, 60’s, 70 and 80’s classic cars and motorcycles


Paddock Terms & Conditions apply.

Please refer to the entry form for details on ticket allocation.

Car & Motorcycle Clubs are also very welcome; please contact us to request group booking details. Vehicles will be on display to the public, and owners and drivers are encouraged to interact with the public to talk about their vehicle’s history.


Shuttleworth Gift Box

The Shuttleworth Gift Box is a wonderful gift for either a friend or a loved one. Presented in a gift box with a gift card and Shuttleworth keepsakes. Just add to your basket in the ‘Book your tickets’ section at the top of the page.

Please note: the gift experience can only be posted to addresses within the UK. We aim to post all gift boxes within 7 days of purchase by Royal Mail, all gift boxes will be posted 1st class.