Held on one of the few Sunday's when the museum opens to the public, the 2013 Rover & MG Car Rally attracted some 400 vehicles to East Kirkby.

 

Parked under a blue sky with blazing warm sunshine were examples of most models and variants produced by Rover. Also on display were a healthy number of MG cars, parked alongside Avro Lancaster Just Jane.

 

The rarest vehicle on display was a 1954 Rover P4-90 'Drophead' Coupe. In the early 1950s Rover commissioned an Italian design house to re-body two Rover P4-75s, a 'fixhead' and a 'drophead'. The 'drophead' was displayed at the 1953 Earls Court Motor Show and was so well received that Rover decided to produce a project car based on a 1954 Rover 90. Ultimately prohibitive production costs resulted in the decision not to proceed with further manufacturing, and as a result there are only two such vehicles in existence, with RNX 10 valued in excess of £60,000 for a private sale.

 

Naturally Just Jane  featured in the event and with Andrew Panton at the controls she performed two taxy runs. Towards the end of the day neighbouring Lancaster PA474, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, performed three passes over the museum site - much to the satisfaction of the event's numerous visitors.

 

The next major event at L.A.H.C. is on 20 July; the 25th Anniversary of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre & Bomber Day, with Lancaster taxy runs, PA474 flying display and an appearance by Europe's only flying B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B.