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A Truly Stratospheric Restoration

Barnes Wallis Stratosphere Chamber Exhibition opening event in March 2014

In March, the great and the good gathered at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge for the official opening of the Barnes Wallis Stratosphere Chamber Exhibition by Mary Stopes Roe, the daughter of the great man. The chamber was constructed in 1947 as a huge laboratory in which high altitude conditions could be simulated for research into high-speed flight.…


Wanborough Wanderings

Burrell 2426 Ted Haggard

You never know what you're going to find when you drop in somewhere on the off chance, as Brian Gooding discovers in this month's issue of Vintage Spirit. This feature follows a couple of springtime steam road runs with Burrell 2426, Ted Haggard, and Burrell 3121, Keeling, plus a meeting with a Tiger Moth. Get the full story in the May…


Martin Fagg

We are sorry to hear that Martin Fagg has suffered 20% burns in an accident and subsequent fire in his workshop in Farnborough, Hampshire on Sunday 13th April. Martin is being treated at the ITU Burns Unit at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. We send our best wishes to Martin for a speedy recovery and to Della and Eric at this difficult time.…


Transport Trust Awards 2014

Entries are invited for The Transport Trust Restoration Awards. A number of cash awards, normally up to a maximum of £5,000 each, are made annually for high quality transport restoration projects which are well advanced, but which would be helped towards earlier completion by a modest cash injection. The closing date for Restoration Award entries…


2014 Events Guide is on the way


The 2014 Vintage Spirit Events Guide will be published on 21st February and is given away free with the March issue of Vintage Spirit. This year's Guide contains just short of 900 entries, almost 200 more that in last year's Guide, so there is even more choice of places to visit this year. Look out for the new magazine in the shops, order it…


2013 Great Dorset Photo Competition Winners

First Prize

It was hard to select just 15 winners from a postbag full of entries for the 2013 Great Dorset Steam Fair Photographic Competition, but we managed, after some considerable deliberation. The winning entries are posted here. The competition was run in conjunction with the Great Dorset Steam Fair and Steam Fair FM. 1st Prize: a short Anglo Welsh Narrowboat…


The new look Vintage Spirit

The new Vintage Spirit Magazine logo for 2014

You may have noticed the updated website for Vintage Spirit. We will be giving the magazine an overhaul so we can give you an even better read and bring you larger images - historical and from the current preservation scene. The new look magazine is expected to be rolled out early in 2014 so keep an eye out for the new masthead.


Exciting New Development For Vintage Spirit

A message from Peter Johns, publisher of Vintage Spirit until October 2013 I am delighted to be able to write to you with the news that Vintage Spirit magazine has been acquired by Brian Gooding who will be familiar to many of you as the Founding Editor of Vintage Spirit. From the December issue Brian returns as Editor and Publisher of the magazine.…


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