CHILDREN IN NEED (FOR SPEED!)
The BBC approached Sygma to provide H&S cover for the Children in Need event for the East of England – to be held at Duxford Imperial War Museum on 17th November 2006.
Aside from the general risk management that an event of this kind can raise, Sygma was asked to pay special attention to a proposed “Race” between a Lotus Exige and a Spitfire V. Complying with all the rules and regs was not easy and Duxford were understandably apprehensive about allowing this event to go ahead. Sygma produced a full risk assessment which engaged with pilot, driver and airfield to ensure control and co-operation throughout.
Despite foul weather for most of the day a break in the clouds prompted fevered activity; cameras were put in place, briefings carried out and the race was on.
The Lotus accelerates from 0-60mph in about 4 seconds and up to 100mph in 10 seconds; the Spitfire takes off at around 75mph. At the halfway mark along the Duxford runway the Lotus was well ahead, but as soon as the Spitfire was airborne it began closing in on the car. At the finish line the Spitfire just edged the race, completing its run with a superb victory roll executed by pilot Charlie Brown. A second run gave the same result and the Spitfire was declared the winner.
MARTIN ANDERSON’S LOTUS EXIGE S
SPITFIRE ACE CHARLIE BROWN