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Date:- 06 August 2007

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Woodvale Rally 2007

THIS year’s event at RAF Woodvale was a stunning success. It seems to grow in popularity year by year. The crowds were simply flocking in on Saturday and Sunday. There was a fear that it would not be so well attended, because of the inclement weather recently, but over the aerodrome the rain clouds held off and it was pleasantly hot.

Those people who came by car had the pleasure of being lifted to and from the car parking area on historic double decker buses. The stewards on duty were plentiful, courteous and very obligingly helpful. There were regular service buses to and from Southport, and all stops to Liverpool, a short walk from the entrances.

The varied stalls selling model aeroplane kits, even assembled ready to fly ones, as well as many stalls with those necessary accessories, which are always needed, were well attended by people seeking advice, along with bits and pieces. Most seemed only too pleased to discuss problems and offer advice.

Among the other many different stalls and marquees ranging from clothing, to tools, to working models, I found model trains of various different gauges running on scenic tracts. The Gauge O set held me spell-bound for a while and revived some of my childhood memories; a fine effort by the North West Model Railway Club. Another marquee was filled with model ships and boats. Both of which were well set out and were very excitingly interesting.

I found the people involved with the two Tank Steam Engines very friendly. They had set up a temporary running rail track for the engines to move along. Well done Ribble Steam Railway from the Riversway Docklands in Preston.

The children, of all ages, 5 to 90 years of age, were seemingly well catered for. They all appeared to be having a whale of a time! The Fun Fair, with all the exciting thrills, was very popular.

There were the usual mobile catering people keeping the visitors and the participants well fuelled! There seem to be even more people camping on the site this year than in previous years, but perhaps that was just my imagination.

The main attraction, of course, was the Flying of the model aircraft. There were flying displays with ground and aerial explosions. There were numerous scale sizes and there were many very varied aircraft being flown. I saw World War 2 planes, some even earlier and others later, some flew with lights on them, other made smoke trails, and the standard of the control flying was superb. The loving care put into the construction and maintenance of the flying models is fantastic. Such a wonderful hobby and sport being demonstrated by such skilled and dedicated people deserves a tribute and some form of recognition.

Not only that but the show also had not one, but three working steam engines!    On display was a local Microlight, from the West Lancashire Microlight school, that will soon be conducting a world record attempt off Formby Point!   Two working Merlin Rolls-Royce engines that where fired up and run on the runway producing a fantastic sound that most aviation enthusiast crave... Also two real life helicopters, one of them the Merseyside Police helicopter the other a real Vietnam Bell Huey!  The only one out side the USA owned by a civilian and not only that but flying in the original US army colours and marking!

Thank you, Woodvale Rally for a wonderful weekend. Well done all who organised the event and all the helpers.  

Also just to note 2008 should be bigger and better still, so we can not wait to find out what is in stall....

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