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An Article from the July - August issue of MASCOT

‘There ain't no such thing as a free lunch’ - from Nick Warren (SW Area Rep)

The Southwest Singer Owners, at our ‘Natter and Noggin’ in January, discussed and agreed what Shows we would attend during 2010.  As we had attended and displayed our cars at the Kemble Cotswold Air Show (19th/ 20th June 2010) for the last five years, it was decided that a change was necessary so we agreed that the Air Show we would attend would be the Kemble Battle of Britain Show in















Neither the MG owners nor I were told what the organisers wanted until a gaggle of photographers were taking photos of the cars in front of the Kittyhawk.  Next was an aerobatic display by the Yaks. Then we were asked to drive onto the airfield and park in front of the oldest airworthy Spitfire for more photos to be taken.

Whoever said "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch" is wrong……….I had my free lunch and acquired some wonderful photos for the album.  It’s a just a pity that we could not muster a couple of Singers to match the MGs turnout, but I had the best radiator cap mascot!

September. An application was made and I thought that would be the end of communications until September. However I was telephoned on the 19th May and asked if some 1930s sports cars could attend a Press Day for the Cotswold Air Show the following day. No information was forthcoming as to what they had




in mind.  Only Cyril Verey and I live in reasonable distance from the airfield so we agreed to meet at my house and drive over to see what was in store.

Unfortunately Cyril’s 1933 Nine Sports (AMD 485) blew a head gasket en route and he limped his car home, whipped the head off to find the gasket had blown between 3 and 4. All

now replaced and fit for duty.

I drove on (Le Mans Longtail, BCD 366) and at the airfield was directed to park in front of a Kittyhawk where an M Type and J2 Type MG were already lined up. I was ushered into the restaurant and plied with free drinks (soft) and lunch which the MG boys were already devouring.



In front of the conning tower were four aeroplanes - a Kittyhawk, a Mk3 Spitfire and two Russian aerobatic Yaks.

Neither the MG owners nor I were told what the organisers wanted until a gaggle of photographers were taking photos of the cars in front of the Kittyhawk.  Next was an aerobatic display by the Yaks. Then we were asked to drive onto the airfield and park in front of the oldest airworthy Spitfire for more photos to be taken.


Whoever said "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch" is wrong……….I had my free lunch and acquired some wonderful photos for the album.  It’s a just a pity that we could not muster a couple of Singers to match the MGs turnout, but I had the best radiator cap mascot!

                                                                                              Nick.

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