Tiger Moths Return to Woburn

One of the most popular heritage events on the summer calendar, the de Havilland Moth Club International Tiger Moth Rally, is set to return to its spiritual home of Woburn Abbey after a five-year absence.

In addition to delighting aviation enthusiasts, the event is set to be a mecca for vintage and classic car fans. The gathering will offer very ‘Best of British’ with some of the country’s top vintage cars and vintage aeroplanes showing off their style in a unique Garden Party environment.

The historic parklands of Woburn Abbey first played host to club members’ Tiger Moth biplanes and their brethren in 1980. For almost three decades, the event was a highlight of the summer season, combining flying displays, club flying competitions, vintage and classic aircraft and cars.

The August 2013 event promises to be bigger and better than ever, while still maintaining an authentically ‘old English’ atmosphere which encapsulates all that is great about Britain.

Owners of Tiger Moths, other de Havilland types and invited vintage aircraft will operate from a specially prepared grass strip in the Deer Park at Woburn Abbey which was once part of a wartime runway onto which Stirling and Lancaster bombers were flown for dispersal amongst the ancient oak trees.

The vintage de Havilland biplanes and an extensive range of other classic types will be on show in front of the club enclosure and classic car displays. The VIP ‘Members Enclosure’ recollects the golden age of aviation in the 1930s, when flying clubs across Great Britain hosted summer ‘at homes’ for pilots and guests.

Then as now, visitors were entertained with flying displays, club flying competitions, close-up views of some of the choicest aircraft and motor cars, and teas. The Members Enclosure marquee at Woburn will therefore offer traditional British hospitality, only bookable in advance, including a plated lunch. Morning coffee and afternoon tea is available on both days of the event, while for those seeking stiffer refreshment, a pay bar be also be on hand.

The event will also allow a special ‘get up close hour’ each day, when all enthusiasts can take photographs and meet pilots. There will also be club flying competitions on Saturday and an air display on Sunday afternoon,

“Vintage and classic cars were always a special part of the de Havilland Moth Club weekends and owners clubs are already putting the date in their diary” says Stuart McKay, secretary of the de Havilland Moth Club. “We anticipate gathering the vehicles on the hillside to the eastern side of the runway from which vantage point it is possible to look down onto spectacular views of the lakes and the airfield, the characteristic features which make the setting of a Woburn Abbey Tiger Moth Rally so unique.”

Ticket prices ‘on the day’ will cost £10 per person on Saturday, £15 Sunday, with accompanied under- 16s admitted free. Discounted prices are available for advance sales via the internet. Additional details of all ticket prices and VIP ‘Club Enclosure’ hospitality, along with further news of this great event can be found at http://www.mothsatwoburn.co.uk

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