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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.

2021 sees the return of the award-winning Drive-In Displays from the Shuttleworth Trust. 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!

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

 

Saturday 2 October Event Timings

10:00 – Gates Open
14:00 – Flying starts
17:00 – Flying Ends (approx.)

Sunday 3 October Event Timings

10:00 – Gates Open
17:00 – Event Ends (approx.)

 

SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER 2021: RACE DAY AIR SHOW

How do the Drive-in Air Displays work?
You will be parked in your own box where you will have enough room for your car and to set up your picnic alongside. Refreshments will be available to purchase in your drive-in zone. Each zone will also have toilets facilities, including disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. You will be free (and encouraged) to explore the Shuttleworth site including the Swiss Garden which offers a beautiful peaceful escape (up to Tier 4) and Shuttleworth House and hangars (up to Tier 3). We then ask visitors to return to their car spaces to enjoy the incredible air display from a plethora of historic aircraft, commentary is available to listen from your FM radio.

If you would like to park next to a particular vehicle please arrive in convoy. If you are unable to arrive in convoy, please advise the staff on arrival that you are waiting for another vehicle and they will direct you to a waiting area. Once all your vehicles are together, you can then proceed in convoy to re-join the traffic stream for the parking areas.

Pricing

Our new pricing structure for our air shows will help visitors in smaller groups and without a car to attend. Each party must book EITHER a 5×5 metre box for a car with up to 5 people inside OR a 2.5×5 meter box for up to two pedestrians/two cyclists/one motorcyclist and guest OR a 4.5×8 metre oversized car space for all vehicles over 2 meters high, 2.5 meters wide or 5 meters in length.

Each person then must have a valid air show ticket.

If the law changes to allow the formats of later shows to accept greater audiences, then we will refund the box price and parking will resume in our standard parking format of adjacent close-spaced cars.

If you are shielding and want to guarantee a covid-secure box, then please stick to the May, June, July and Flying Circus shows.  Covid-secure boxes cannot be guaranteed for the later shows.

If there is anyone who is wishing to exhibit at this event, we would like to let you know that we are still in the planning stages at the moment, but we will update our website as soon as we have more information.

 

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 a standard car space for £10 (for the drive-in air show format only), and in addition, 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 car space and ticket, please email the Control Tower to book your landing slot: john.demain@shuttleworth.org or call John de Main 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:

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SHUTTLEWORTH SPRINT

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, classic vehicles and supercars 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
  • Supercar Paddock – For the fast and the furious!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER YOUR VEHICLE INTO THE PERIOD OR SUPERCAR PADDOCKS

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.

T6 HARVARD WARBIRD FLIGHTS – Saturday 2 October only

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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHT

 

 

 

FREE SHUTTLE BUS ON SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: to attend as a pedestrian, you will need to book a pedestrian box in addition to an air show ticket.