The programme took off, appropriately, with a meeting at the Wings Café on North Weald Airfield, Epping; a static Hawker Hurricane at the entrance being just one clue to this being a Battle of Britain fighter base during WWII. At the end of the war, the VE Day Victory Fly Past took off from North Weald led by legendary ace Sir Douglas Bader.
A dozen members attended the SGMW event, many with partners, to enjoy a fortifying breakfast, talk cars and even admire some of the aircraft dotted around the airfield, including a vintage Douglas DC4/C54 Skymaster freighter – big brother to the famous DC3 Dakota.
The gathering was planned by SGMW Chairman Ian Robertson – elected earlier this year – who said: “We have four main meetings annually and obviously run into one another at car launches and events, but we are a sociable bunch and I thought we deserved more opportunities to catch up, and with an added attraction – in this case, some interesting aircraft.
“North Weald does have some WWII aircraft ‘beating up the aerodrome’ on occasion, though rainy conditions meant no classic flying today, and ‘other interests’ will definitely be a feature of future venues.
“It was a good place to launch our breakfasting, for another reason: North Weald is home to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) helicopter, for which the SGMW’s annual karting Grand Prix raised £4,815 this year.
“And having successfully launched the ‘Breakfast Boost’ idea, we will also now invite our mates from the industry PR departments to join us when ‘we come to a venue near you’ – though you’re perfectly welcome to join us for breakfast, on us, at any future Boost.”
SGMW publicity officer Steve Loader added: “Apart from the weather closing in on any flying displays – the best we got was an executive jet take-off – the only other let down was nobody going for the Wings Café’s ‘Vulcan Breakfast’.
“Just like that awesome RAF bomber – sadly, no longer a feature of air shows – this platter is a monster: three sausages, three rashers, three eggs, plus heroic trimmings.
“We dare some members and guests to accept similar challenges at our future venues…”
The next SGMW Breakfast Boost will be on Sunday 8 January: “And we hope it will be a suitable and timely antidote to the post-Christmas/New Year blues,” said Ian Robertson.