Aboyne & District Probus Club treasurer, Peter Maitre, was the stand in speaker at the recent meeting when he gave an illustrated talk on the Shuttleworth Collection.
The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden in Bedfordshire has a large collection of aircraft which are flown in eleven displays a year. These range from a 1909 Bleriot X1 to a WW2 Sea Hurricane 1B and a Spitfire Mk5. The collection also has vintage cars, motor cycles and farm machines.
Peter described some of the history of the Shuttleworth family, who were wealthy and the life of Richard Shuttleworth, racing driver and pilot, who started collecting before the war. Richard was killed flying for the RAF but his mother set up a trust in his name to preserve and extend the collection, in particular to maintain a flying, rather than static, collection.
There are now over 30 aircraft from before the Great War up to the 1950’s. Peter showed pictures of these aircraft many of which are unique and historic planes, such as the DeHavilland DH88 Comet which won the England to Australia air race in 1934, the last Westland Lysander still flying, used to fly agents in and out of occupied Europe and many more.
These planes are flown by volunteer pilots, most of who are ex RAF test pilots and the collection is run mainly by over 70 volunteers, who put in thousands of hours a year.
Peter completed his talk by showing some pictures of the vintage cars and tractors which Richard Shuttleworth owned or which were connected to the agricultural engineering business which made the family fortune.
After questions John Stephen thanked Peter for his fascinating talk, given at such short notice.
Before Peter’s talk the President, David Salway, presented the Bowling Shield to this years’ winner, Murray Slater and the runner up cup to Ken Thompson.
The next meeting is on October 9 when Nicola Watson will speak about the work of the Maggie trust.
All retired gentlemen are welcome