Been a bit of arun-around week but, as promised, here are some pics from the visit to Filching on the 12th June. Huge thanks to Fred and to Karl Foulkes-Halbard for allowing this glimpse behind closed doors. Greatly appreciated.
Thinking about my previous visit in 1991, I think that Blue Bird K3 was behind a tarpaulin in another part of the workshop that its stored in now so may have also seen it then. Must try and find my Thorpe Park pics too. Anyway, this is K3 now and currently fitted with a Rover Meteor
(tank version of the ubiquitous RR Merlin
) engine. I understand that it is still intended to run K3 at some point. It is displayed as run at Lake Hallwil in 1938 (130.86 mph).
this is R37 on its display stand where, presumably, it's been for many years as it appears in many exhibition photographs including in Australia in 1964.
The "plug" model of K7
And, finally... one or two bits from K7
Model of the De Havilland Goblin
powered K4 in the case too!
K7's harness and headrest
There's lots more, including important teamwear and paper items and some very interesting models. Plus, of course, items removed from CN7 prior to 1964 including the tailfin camera.
No doubt the various debates on this highly important collection will continue but these pics are posted as a record of a fascinating visit.