Collector’s Choice: Schneider Trophy memorabilia


In the third instalment of our new series, Ian Wilson describes famous examples of Schneider Trophy memorabilia

Those of you who read the article on my collection in April 2019’s FlyPast will appreciate just how diverse the world of aviation memorabilia can be. Even if you try to focus on just one topic, the acquisition of one piece can (and will) send you off into other areas of interest. The subject of the Schneider Trophy races is the perfect example of how easy it is to diversify.

The names of Rolls-Royce and Supermarine are synonymous with the world of historic aviation… iconic even. Most people would immediately think of the Merlin engine and Spitfire respectively when those two company names are mentioned together, but without the Schneider Trophy races of the late 1920s and early 1930s, that collaboration might never have occurred. The history of the Schneider Trophy is well documented in many publications, but the subject of related collectables could fill an entire book.

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