Archived News - Sportsdrome
L/S Meeting at Eaton Bray Sports Ground miniature circuit in foreground. M/S Sign "Competitors". M/S Man adjusting engine before start of race. C/U Putting body over engine and turning car upside down. M/S Two men working on small cars at bench. C/U Engine having final adjustments. C/U man. Several shots of cars speeding round circular race track.
Source: British Pathe
The general title of Eaton Bray Model Sportsdrome hides a multitude of activities, not perhaps appreciated by everyone. To make our varied activities more widely known, we have prepared a number of leaflets on our work which we will gladly send you. Here in brief are our principal activities.
The 72 acre aerodrome itself is fully equipped for regular model aircraft meetings, model race cars, motor cycle grass track racing. Regular aeromodelling Instructional camps. Lavatories. Parking, Catering. Camping. (Eaton Bray Gazette No. 1, gives you full particulars.)
Our photographic studios provide prints of pictures from "Aeromodeller," "Model Cars" or other of our publications. North London Bookbinding Company binds our books – and will bind your copies of "Aeromodeller" or any other binding you want done (E.B.G. No. 2 for details.)
Aeromodeller Plans Service has a separate announcement, but Drysdale Plans Service should not be forgotten when you need boat, car or workshop accessory plans. (New list now ready.)
"Model Cars" and "The Model Mechanic" are published from Eaton Bray and are the best possible journals for all interested in model car racing and building, or model engineering of any sort (Specimen copy, 1/6 each or the two 2/9.)
The famous "Harborough Publications" need little introduction, offering a range of thirty or more model aircraft books, covering every aspect of the hobby, as well as many fullsize aviation publications. (Send for special book list.)
"Masco" Products include the famous "Masco" Kitten model car construction key, a wide range of castings and workshop accessories. (New 16-page Catalogue just published.)
Then there are "Dagra" models, our precision scale models, as produced for leading aircraft manufacturers. (Prices from £25 upwards.)
Please send for all or any of our informative literature, and let us know if you would like to be informed from time to time of our activities and new productions.
Source: Aeromodeller Annual 1949
In the early part of next year Eaton Bray will be the centre of the worlds first model Sportsdome.
Now under construction it will afford aero-modellers the opportunity of enjoying their hobby under the most favourable conditions.
The site which is just over 70 acre's in the form of a square with 600 yard side's was licensed as a civilian aerodrome just before the war, and is regarded as an ideal spot.
Other reason's for the choice are that the ground lie's in a sheltered part and tree's and other obstruction's are remarkably few. From the ground around it will be easy to watch plane's in flight or to retrieve straying machines.
The site is being laid out for the flying of all type's of model aircraft and there will be every amenity both for visitor's and those who do the flying.
All The Year Round
The ground is large enough for club's to occupy different part's without interfering with the flying arrangement's of other's. There will be all the year round facilities and particularly during the summer months.
Central figure and inspirer of the project is Mr D A Russell the well known pioneer in model aeronautics. He was the first man in the country to set up a wind tunnel and other essential equipment for research purposes.
He is the author of more standard works on the subject than any other man and is associated with a group of companies giving a complete service to those interested in full sized and model aeronautics.
Source: Dunstable & Luton Journal, October 12th 1945
As stated in last month's Editorial, full facilities and amenities will not be available until next year, but from Saturday September 15th of this year, the Aerodrome will be available on Saturdays and Sundays for the flying of all types of model aircraft from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Adminission charges will be 1s. per adult person, 6d. per person under sixteen years of age. Both these charges will be reduced by half for admission after 3 p.m. on both days.
Water for drinking purposes and lavatory accommodation for both sexes will be available free. A limited amount of protection from rain, will, it is hoped, be available, if required.
Cars, motor cycles and bicycles may be parked round the sides of the Aerodrome.
There will be no organized competitions this year, but club members may organize competitions amongst themselves, subject to non-interference with the flying of other visitors.
Flying may take place on any part of the Aerodrome subject to the general directions of the Aerodrome Manager.
Owing to the grass having been sown as recently as the Spring of this year, the normal close cropped surface will hardly have been consolidated. Small temporary take-off boards will be available.
Source: Aeromodeller, August 1945