BLG Wings & Wheels Festival 2019 – Uitenhage

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By Conrad Pretorius
This past Saturday the 13th of April 2019 saw the annual BLG Wings & Wheels Festival come to life at the Uitenhage Airfield. The show was really well planned and meticulously presented to all the enthusiasts and visitors who attended the festival. This show really caters for everyone and as per the Association’s objectives this show really do;

Motor Falke SF-25

 “provide a community Festival to bring people/different communities
together”
 “serve as a vehicle to provide social up-liftment”
 “Expose the community to aviation, 4 X 4 vehicles, other new &
vintage vehicles, motorcycles and stalls relating to same. At the same
time provide exposure and/or guidance to the youth regarding
possible career opportunities in the aforesaid files of
aviation/motoring industries”



Gates to the show opened Saturday morning at 08h00, and without any delay
the event was started by Römer Extreme 4×4 Challenge. This 4×4 challenge is truly unique to this festival and serves as a huge attraction for the crowds. Participants took to the challenge in standard 4×4 vehicles as well as modified “pipe cars”. This event lasted throughout the day and people flocked through the gates to come and witness the challenge.


There was also a Radio Control 4×4 – Challenge, which saw the “little brothers” take to the challenge. This event was also hugely successful and visitors really enjoyed watching these radio controlled “crawlers” showing their capabilities.

Helicopter flights was provided the visitors who wanted a bird’s eye view of
show from the air. Visitors patiently waited there turns, and one could see on the faces of both young and old what enjoyment a helicopter flight can bring.
Fixed wing flights were also provided in the SF-25 Super Falke.


SF-25 Super Falke.

Skydive Jeffreys bay provided all the skydiving entertainment for the show, and also did tandem jumps with some lucky festival visitors. The Atlas Angel C4M Kudu utilised for the jumps was also one of the most favourite aircrafts on display. The Skydive Jeffreys bay crew is extremely professional and comes highly recommended.

Atlas Angel


Another highlight of the show was the two motorcycle participants who
entertained the crowds with their “daredevil” tricks and jumps. Spurred on by the crowds these motocross type rides gave the crowd real bang for their buck.

One of the biggest if not THE BIGGEST shows of the day unfortunately could
not be performed, Patrick Davidson in his Red Bull SU-31. I am convinced that Patrick will most definitely make up for this years absence at next year’s BLG Wings & Wheels Festival as he is one of the crowd favourites at this event.


Sling 2

Veteran/ Smart cars as well as “Trike Motorcycles” were also on display, and visitors as well as petrol heads could not get enough from this display.


SONY DSC

This 2019 edition of the BLG Wings & Wheels Festival was nothing short of
spectacular and we are looking forward to the 2020 edition of this Festival.

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