BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOT TIM ELKINGTON TO ATTEND THE CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR SHOW IN ASSOCIATION WITH FLYWHEEL
Wing Commander John Francis Durham ‘Tim’ Elkington, one of the few surviving Royal Air Force fighter pilots who flew during the Battle of Britain, will be attending this year’s Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel.
The 97-year-old veteran of one of the most important battles of World War Two will be attending on the second day of the show – Sunday 24th June.
Born in Edgbaston and now living in Little Rissington, Gloucestershire, Tim joined the Royal Air Force in September 1939 as a Flight Cadet. He was commissioned on 14 July 1940, and joined No. 1 Squadron RAF at RAF Northolt a day later, from where he flew Hawker Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain.
Tim was promoted to Flying Officer and then Flight Lieutenant and continued to fly Hawker Hurricanes during other battles in World War Two. He continued to serve in the RAF after the war and was promoted to Wing Commander in 1961 before retiring in 1975.
As part of this year’s event, Tim will have the opportunity to witness the spectacular Bremont Great War Display Team staging an exhilarating recreation of a WW1 ‘dogfight’, with aircraft such as Sopwith and Fokker Dr1 triplanes. The air display programme also includes displays from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, featuring Dakota, Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane aircraft
Tim Elkington commented: “This is a very special year as we are marking both the Centenary of the RAF and World War One. As a member of the RAF, it means a lot to me to be able to attend events such as this one and provide an RAF presence. As one of the few surviving pilots of the Battle of Britain I also enjoy being able to share my stories of how, with luck(!), I survived the battle.”
Alastair Clements, Classic & Sports Car Magazine's Editor in Chief, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Tim Elkington to the Show. As one of the remaining members of ‘The Few’, he is an inspiration to us all and has so many incredible stories to share. We are thrilled to be able to share our fantastic historic air displays and aircraft with him and look forward to marking this special Centenary year at the Show.
Advance tickets to The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel start from £23 per adult, £10 per child (5-15) and £55 per family. Entry for children under the age of five years is free, as is parking. VIP package upgrades are also available, which include parking and hospitality. For further information and to purchase Show tickets, visit www.classicandsportscarshow.com.