Chris Van De Vreken

Articles

Blancpain Series Silverstone 2019
14/05/2019

The Blancpain GT Series returns to Silverstone for its third round of 2019, a field of 48 cars will tackle the 3.6 mile circuit at Silverstone. The start of the three-hour endurance race was dramatic for the #72 car slipped a place at the start, but Russian ace Aleshin was able to stay out of trouble on a dramatic opening lap that saw a multi-car crash occur on the Hanger Straight. The majority of the first stint was led by the pole-sittin...

Blancpain Series Brands Hatch 2019
07/05/2019

Brands Hatch was the arena for the opener of the Blancpain Series on Saturday 4 May and Sunday 5 May. The weather over the weekend was with the usual ups and downs ..... cold, wind hail, rain and occasional sun. We were certainly not allowed to complain because their colleagues at Spa Francorchamp were allowed to race with snow for the WEC 6hours or Spa Francorchamps. Under these harsh weather conditions, the field w...

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2018
25/09/2018

The closing of the Air Show season at Duxford was dedicated to The Battle of Britain and also very typical of the English weather, it rained, it poured, it was cold, it was windy…. but it didn’t deter the British public from turning out in their hundreds to support this historic event that lay very close to their hearts.  An event that held very special memories to almost everyone who was there in one way or another, and no amount of rain was...

Spa Six Hours 2018
18/09/2018

Again Spa Francorchamps was the gathering for the most prestigious meeting of the year, entirely focussed on classic machines of all ages. The 26th edition of the Spa Six Hours will, more than ever, be devoted to Racing, with an awesome programme and categories amongst the more sought after in Europe, as well as a handful of not to be missed innovations.The Spa Six Hours Endurance race, traditionally held on the Saturday between 16.00 and 22.00hrs, br...

Shuttleworth Heritage Day 2018
04/09/2018

You step into a museum in London to admire the works of painter Van Gogh and every time you find something new in that painting. This is the experience I have when I visit the Shuttleworth Collection ... time and time again.  Like with the opening of the Shuttleworth Heritage day, the UK’s leading aerobatic Team “The Global Stars” under the leadership of Mark Jefferies,  flew a heady cocktail of close formation and unlimited freesty...

Flying Legends, 2018
17/07/2018

Scramble-Scramble was the term used for the very young pilot’s running to their aircraft to get airborne as quickly as possible to face the enemy….. very few returned. This scramble was beautifully revived during the opening of the Flying Legends with a Spitfire Scramble of nine Spitfire's performing tail-chases and fly-past for the audience, which as always at one of these terrific events,  appeared in very large numbers.Naval Tribute wit...

Shuttleworth Military Pageant, 2018
03/07/2018

You would not expect it at a British event….  and certainly not in the Summer, having been accustomed to many a downpour this time of year, but we actually had beautiful blue skies and glorious hot sunshine to mark this wonderful occasion and the celebration of the Military Pageant Airshow at Shuttleworth. The P-47 Thunderbolt "Nellie" was allowed to open the Military Pageant Airshow, Manufactured in 1945 and based at 492 FS.  The squadron...

Spa Summer Classic, 2018
26/06/2018

“The nicest track in the world”; this is the tag line used by Spa-Francorchamps to publicise itself … and few would disagree. The legendary track in the Ardennes hills is arguably the most popular track for drivers and fans alike, as well as being the most beautiful and adored by the thousands of spectators who go every year.  The Belgian temple of speed will host the gathering of classic sports cars in The Spa Summer Classic 2018.A gatheri...

Shuttleworth Evening Airshow, 2018
20/06/2018

SHUTTLEWORTH, Old Warden Aerodrome - Saturday, 16th June 2018, saw the Evening Airshow commence with the 1929 Racing/Touring Aircraft take to the blue skies. A beautiful evening with a slight wind in the air; this little red Comper Swift, an attractive and interesting to fly plane, is very efficient reaching up to 45mph. It was purchased in 1996 by The Shuttleworth Collection and then restored.We then had a full aerobatic display from the Favvel Glide...