Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Annual Quiz 2013

Tuesday 10th December was another evening on the group's social calendar when we held our annual quiz.
As has become customary, the previous year's winner organises the following year's quiz, so it was down to me.
Wanting to try something different I elected to split the images into two groups, Art and Photography and tried to keep to a theme of WWII and earlier: some of our older members are not so much into the modern aviation scene and this would even the playing field. Or did it?

The results were as follows:

First:                   Andy Binks (97 points)
Joint Second:    Dave Smith and Chris Heath (87 points)
Third:                  Nick Marsh  (82.5 points)

One of our oldest members, Gordon Charlton came a very commendable fourth with a score of 73 points. In the early years of the group Gordon has won the coveted trophy on many occasions.

The prizes this year were 

  • a Corgi model of the Gloster Gladiator in Luftwaffe markings (special edition for the Corgi Collectors Club), which Andy took home, 
  • a recent and well received book on the history of the De Havilland Comet, which went to Chris, 
  • a Skymax model of the Hawker Tempest V, which went to Dave and 
  • finally a rather splendid Hobby Master model of the Bell P-39 Aeracobra, which went to Nick.

The trophy for the Quiz (and the one for the Photographic Competition) will be presented by our Chairman, Barry Jones, to the winners on Tuesday 17th December 2013 in The Rugby Hotel during the group's annual Christmas dinner.

The quiz had been about props and pistons and to round off the evening we had a quick look at images of some of the early jets that formed the foundation of what was to come during the second half of the 20th century.

It was a great pleasure to organise the quiz and to see such a good turn out, but to top it all the greatest pleasure came from seeing how much everyone enjoyed the evening. Success.

I am now looking forward to what Andy Binks will put together for the 2014 quiz. Good luck with that, Andy.

Theo Claassen

P.S. All done and dusted and about to close the evening, member and friend Roger Higgerson walked in to share some time with the rest us.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Annual Photographic Competition 2013

On Tuesday 12 November 2013, the Annual Photographic Competition took place.

There were 23 entries to be judged by those present and the images were all of very good quality and and covered quite a range of subjects.

Many of the pictures received votes and in the end it was a close run thing, so close that 2nd and 3rd place became shared 2nd place.

This year the first prize went to Andy Binks with an Aeronautica Militare Italiana Lockheed F-104S Starfighter taking off from Fairford.

Second prizes went to Dave Millard with a close-up of a De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth taxiing at Sywell

and Theo Claassen with a close-up of Maurice Hammond's North American P-51D Mustang "Marinell" taking off for his display at Cosby on 8 September 2013.