The Classic Racing Line
Wing Commander James Nicolson VC DFC
Wing Commander James Nicolson VC, DFC joined the RAF as a fighter pilot in 1936 and went on to see action flying Spitfires and Hurricanes during the Second World War. In one particular battle, he stayed with his burning aircraft to shoot down another enemy fighter before baling out to fight another day. Read more about this action and the only award of the Victoria Cross to a RAF fighter pilot.
Gregory Percival - Sculptor
Sculptor Gregory Percival achieved his pilot’s licence at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, formerly RAF Westhampnett, nicely combining his two passions of motor racing and flying. Hear how he gets his inspiration and turns these ideas into magnificent works of art.
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC
In August 1939, aged 18, Geoffrey Wellum signed up as a fighter pilot with the RAF, flying his first solo sortie on 1st September, just two days before Great Britain declared war on Nazi Germany. He was the youngest pilot to fight in the Battle of Britain but survived to serve throughout the war.
Tazio Nuvolari at the 1935 German Grand Prix
The 1935 German Grand Prix was a done deal before it started. No fewer than five Mercedes-Benz and four Auto Union “Silver Arrows” would be lining up to represent the Fatherland. Very few of the 300,000 spectators who lined the Nürburgring that day believed that they would see anything other than a German car take the win in front of the Third Reich’s High Command.