Wings & Wheels 2012

Team TorqueAbout enjoyed a great bank holiday weekend at the Wings & Wheels show at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, famous as the home of the BBC Top Gear hangar and test track. The annual event is held over the sprawling World War II air field and is a fusion of horsepower, with a great combination of the best machines in the air and on the ground available for the public to get up close to.

The 32 acre showground is zoned into various areas with a variety of static displays, plus the main runway where a programme of events runs throughout the day. On the ‘Wings’ side, the show featured a wide range of military and civilian aircraft, ranging from the latest technology to the much loved wartime classics. Just some of the many highlights included the Breitling Wingwalkers, Tornado, Hurricane, Vulcan, Red Arrows, Apache and Spitfire. Once the planes had finished their airborne displays they were available for people to view at close proximity, with many of the pilots more than happy to stand and chat to spectators and answer their questions.

There were literally hundreds of vehicles available to view on the ‘Wheels’ side, ranging from beautifully maintained classic Jags through to modern supercars such as Aston Martins, Ferraris and Lambos. As well as the well-known marques, there was also a delightful mix of more unusual vehicles, both modern day and classic. Guinness World Record holding precision driver Paul Swift was also displaying his talents in the Stunt Zone area, along with motorbike riders and hot rod drivers showing their skills.

We particularly enjoyed seeing the huge military section, which featured a massive range of ex-service vehicles, complete with uniformed drivers and a very realistic looking mock camp. In all, around 70 military vehicles attended from the more usual jeeps and personnel carriers through to staff cars, motorbikes and recovery vehicles.

This year’s event also celebrated the 70 year history of Dunsfold, from its beginnings as a wartime airfield hidden in the Surrey countryside and protected by the official secrets act, through to its modern day use as a aircraft and vehicle testing centre, scene of film and television work, thriving business park and host of a range of annual and one-off events.

If this show isn’t on your must-visit list for next year, think again, it’s a fabulous day out for petrolheads of all ages, with a backdrop of thunderous Merlin V12’s and the ear-piercing roar of a Vulcan bomber! Here a just a few of our photos to whet your appetite, but you can take a look at our full photo album here.

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