Henham Park Wing and Wheels Rally 2009


One event that seems to have crept under our radar until now is the Henham Park Wings and Wheels Rally in Suffolk. Organised by the Halesworth Lions, the event combines a classic car rally with a fly-in as well as a very small air display. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports from sunny suffolk. All photography copyright of the Author.

The estate of Henham Park is the ancestoral home of the Rous family, though Henham Hall was destroyed after a dispute over inheritance and to avoid death duties! Today the park earns it's keep hosting three major events, a steam rally, the "Latitude Festival" and "The Wings and Wheels Rally." The 2009 event was bathed in glorious spring sunshine and saw over 60 aircraft fly in ranging from the vintage Cadet III Motorglider to the Lazer competition aerobatics aircraft. The picturesque park land also hosted an number of classic cars as well as a large country fayre. The temporary runway situated amongst the trees of the park makes the venue extremely photogenic and a true hidden gem amongst the display season!

After lunch, there was a small relaxed flying display featured two of the UK's more famous civilian acts. First to display was the Swift Aerobatic Display Team whose unusual mix of power and glider aerobatics made for a great sight in front of the wooded parkland.

The Tiger Club Turbulent Team made the trek all the way from Headcorn to bring their classic barnstorming display of limbo flying, balloon bursting and flour bombing to close the display.

Thanks to John Hill and the Henham Park team for access of the control tower during the displays.

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