Brackley Soap Box Derby 2019.
The Mercedes F1 apprentices' entry.

Brackley Soap Box Derby

A great turn out from the people of Brackley for the annual Soap Box Derby, held on the High Street on Sunday 2nd June. Though a bit of rain, late in the afternoon did see a few heading home early.

This was actually the first time I have attended this event, alongside the Brett’s Own Brews coffee trailer. It’s a pleasant afternoon out, supported by local business. The Butler’s Pie shop opened specially for the event – which was great for us – pies for lunch!

The High Street in Brackley, closed for the event, forms a superb downhill slope for the soap box derby. Lined with protective railing and bales of hay to catch off course soap boxes, and soften the crashes, the drivers can have fun. And there were a few spills!

The soap box derby is fun for all ages, with the apprentices from local Mercedes F1 delivering the fastest, futuristic looking, car (pictured above). The youngest driver was, I believe all of six years old.

The youngest soap box driver
Brackley Soap Box Derby

And the older generation was represented.

Plankton Pete's soap box heading down the track.

Photo Gallery

I didn’t get a shot of every soap box, but here’s a selection of pictures from the day.

And Don’t forget the coffee.

Brett’s Own Brews was there to deliver excellent coffee as always, along with a few other treats…

Brett's Own Brews, a Brackley based business, was there.
Brackley Soap Box Derby

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The View from the Flight Deck Cafe, looking over the pond at the apron.

Flight Deck Cafe – Good Food and Aeroplanes

I like to spend time around light aircraft. So the Flight Deck Cafe at Turweston Aerodrome is a great way to spend time, having a meal, or just a cup of coffee and cake.

With its big windows you can enjoy your food and watch the aircraft taking off and landing. On warm summer day sit on the balcony and just enjoy the place. The aerodrome is well situated to service the local towns. It can be quite busy, especially at weekends.

The Food

The menu offers a good selection of light bites and brunch plates. We have, over time, tasted a good portion of their meals and never had any complaints. Try an all-day breakfast – that’s great. Burgers, well stacked, are also good. It’s always worth having a look at the specials board.

The Flight Deck always has a selection of tasty looking cakes. Don’t want a meal? Just enjoy a coffee and cake. And, of course, the aeroplanes.

Some of the items on the menu are gluten-free and / or vegetarian. We have always found the staff very helpful with special dietary requirements

Check out the website for the cafe. Or their Facebook Site. Have a look at a couple of our favourites below.

The View

While enjoying your meal, also enjoy the view of aircraft landing, taking off and doing circuits. When the weather is good Turweston airfield can be quite busy.

Turweston Flight centre with the Flight Deck Cafe on the first floor.
Turweston Flight Centre with Flight Deck Cafe on the first floor and the runway on the far side.

The photo of the flight centre was taken on a winter breakfast visit to the cafe. Be sure that we’ll be back come spring and summer.

Why not drop in sometime yourself.

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Flying Inverted

Taken at a local motorcycle festival in 2015. And it IS the right way up. The rider was doing a jump from right to left in the photo, and did a little loop in the middle.

I like the black and white effect for this photo.

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St James Lake Reflections in Brackley

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 St James Lake Reflections in Brackley

 Having a pretty little lake a few minutes walk from home is a mixed blessing.

On the one hand it’s a great place to take a walk to get a bit of exercise and blow away the stresses of the day. Taking a camera just adds to the pleasure as it is a pretty spot. On the other hand it starts to take over the photographic efforts. Some days it is much easier to take the camera for a walk around the lake when I should be making a bit more effort to get some more adventurous pictures.

The shot above is St James Lake in Brackley, Northamptonshire. It is a nice little spot wedged in between the local Tesco and the A422 trunk road. Featuring a few geese of various kinds, the lake also plays host to the occasional swan visitors and normally has a grey heron around.

St James Lake is actually a flood protection lake designed to protect the lower parts of the town. In fact, a few years ago, it was totally flooded out after heavy rains.

Photography

A good range of tones and some bold shapes will often make a good black and white shot. This shot is a black and white HDR photo generated from a single RAW and finished in Gimp. The HDR processing just adds a bit of detail to the shot.

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