An amazingly, gloriously, sunny May Bank Holiday weekend proved to be extremely productive at H-Headquarters-Q. I am about to demolish a 35-year-old chalet which has adorned/graced/defiled/shamed our back garden but in which – during the 1980s, I used to work. Now, we are regularly overflown in Farnham by Chinook ‘Jolly Green Giant’ helicopters operating from nearby RAF Odiham. The twin-rotor heavy-lift choppers are wonderful machines with an immensely distinctive rotor-wash sound as they approach. It has earned them their service nickname as ‘Wokkas’, and I remember vividly our very first experience of one approaching my chalet workplace donkey’s years ago.
Doug Nye: "News from the Mews – inside Ecurie Ecosse
Doug Nye began writing about racing cars at ‘Motor Racing’ magazine in 1963-64. Today he is a multiple award-winning motor sports journalist and author of over 50 years’ experience, with some 70 books to his name. He is Goodwood Motorsport’s founding Historian and consultant and fulfils similar roles for Bonhams Auctioneers and the Collier Collection/Revs Institute in Naples, FL, USA. He is a member of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council at Beaulieu, Hants, and is a regular columnist for ‘Motor Sport’ magazine, while contributing to many other specialist periodicals worldwide.