Classic aviation and motoring at Stow Maries

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Essex, Europe’s largest surviving First World War aerodrome, hosted a cavalcade of classic aircraft and classic cars last weekend

The event was the attraction’s ticket-only annual Wings and Wheels extravaganza, which always brings in a healthy mix of enthusiasts – not to mention participants.

Taking place at the well known heritage site on Sunday May 28, Aston Martins, Morgans and Morris Minors took their place alongside Corvettes and American ’hot rods’, while vintage Tiger Moths and Auster aircraft from a bygone age took to the skies. Also flying were Yaks, Stampes and Great War-era machines, all contributing to the unique, historic atmosphere.

BE2e in flight
BE2e in flight Stow Maries

CEO Ian Flint said: “This event takes a lot of hard work from our staff and volunteers, but it all pays off. What a fantastic day! The cars look great, the aircraft are stunning and the museum is looking her best. Our success is measured by the smiles on our visitors and, looking around, I think we can call this event a win!”

Fury (below) and Magister
Fury (below) and Magister Stow Maries

Wings and Wheels is a major fundraiser which supports the work to preserve and protect Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. Situated between Chelmsford and Maldon in Essex, it features the largest collection of Royal Flying Corps buildings in the world. It was the base for B flight of 37 Squadron (Home Defence), Royal Flying Corps which was tasked to protect London from raids by German Zeppelin airships and Gotha heavy bombers.

Nieuport and the BE2e during their display
Nieuport and the BE2e during their display Stow Maries

It's open from 10am until 4pm, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The next major event is Propwash: Festival Of The Air on July 23, with tickets on sale now.

The Yaks during their display
The Yaks during their display Stow Maries
Amelia and Toby Green polishing their dad's Alfa Romeo
Amelia and Toby Green polishing their dad's Alfa Romeo Stow Maries
A view of part of Stow Marie's busy flightline
A view of part of Stow Marie's busy flightline Stow Maries