Alex Peters, Experience History's Editor looks back at Newark Air Museum's Cockpit-Fest 2013
The 2013 Cockpit-Fest at Newark Air Museum attracted a record number of visitors who came along in great numbers on both days of the event, which was attended by twenty-six (26) visiting cockpits.
These travelled from all around the UK and an extended range of supporting displays in Hangar 2 at the museum provided an added dimension to the event. All of this was well supported by an good Aeroboot / Aerojumble aviation and avionics sale.
This year the museum was able to award prizes in five different categories thanks to the external support for the event from: Ken Ellis (Wrecks & Relics); Farlam Airframes; The Aircraft Restoration Group; Grub Street; Peter Caygill; Chris Keltie; and David Gledhill. The winning entrants were:
Grand Champion (Visitors Award) – Tony Collins Scimitar F1 XD235
Visitors Exhibit Award –Scott Bouchard & friends Flight-gear & Helmet Display
Cockpiteers Cockpit Award – Darren Green Canberra PR.7 – WH779
Wrecks & Relics Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award (Ken Ellis) – The Lakes Lightning Group
Wrecks & Relics Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award (Ken Ellis) – Mike Davey & Jon Howard Anson – G-AGPG
Everyone who displayed at the event was really a winner and a credit to their hobby, with some tremendous exhibits proudly displayed around the site and all of which engaged with the visitors. Special thanks went to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, who provided flypast on both days despite the challenging weather conditions.
‘Once again behalf of the museum members and trustees I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making Cockpit-Fest 2013 such a great success,’ commented event organiser Bill O’Sullivan. ‘This year we revised the layout of the event, which seemed to work quite well and have already noted a few items that could benefit future events’.
He concluded, ‘We would like to send out an extra special thank you to those individuals and organisations that supported the event financially and with the provision of trophies and prizes. We are already looking towards the 2014 event and we would love to hear from any fresh supporters who might like to get involved with the event.’
This was a fantastic event and we look forward to next year!