May 2022

We went up to Curborough a day earlier to avoid the Friday traffic and visited the Great British Car Journey in Ambergate, Derbyshire.

Austin Seven Box Saloon - 1931
The smallest caravan you ever did see!
Austin A30 - 1930s / Ford Anglia - 1959
Austin 'Woody' - 1947
A selection of Morris cars
Mini 850 De Luxe - 1963
Jaguar E-Type Fixed Head Coupe 39WMB - 1966
Ford Escort MK1 - 1972
Triumph TR7 Convertible - 1980
DeLorean DMC 12 - 1981
Lotus Esprit - 1990
McLaren 650S Spider - 2014

We also visited Tatenhill Airfield in Needwood, Burton-upon-Trent where they have a Blackburn Buccaneer which was one of the largest aircraft
to operate from British aircraft carriers and last took part in combat operations during the 1991 Gulf War.

The aircrew for this particular Buccaneer were Sqn Ldr M Scarffe and Flt Lt R P Catterall. One interesting story regarding Sqn Ldr Scarffe was as follows:

The aircrews walking back from a mission were understandably much happier and relaxed than those walking out. Some youngsters were perplexed to meet Sqn Ldr Mike Scarffe walking in looking quite dejected. On asking him why, he said 'I have been tasked with bombing a disused airfield.' After a few seconds to let that sink in, he broke into a mischievous grin and added: 'Well it is now!'