Sunday Best: Cars & Copters UK

Since 2022, Ciro Ciampi of Petrolheadonism and Nigel Colclough of Flitwick Helicopters have been organizing an annual event in the United Kingdom.

As the name suggests, Cars & Copters UK brings together cars and helicopters for a spectacle similar to what you see in the US. Taking it a step further, there is an exclusive location to match the machines on display.

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Importantly, all money raised at Cars & Copters UK goes to charities. For 2024, the recipients were the mental health non-profit Mind BLMK and the charity St Andrew’s Healthcare.

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Forty helicopters and 110 cars – mostly supercars – crashed into a private home in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, last weekend.

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From the moment I arrived at the event I knew it was one I would remember for many years to come. An exclusive and exquisite Koenigsegg Jesko took center stage in the middle of the sun.

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This impressive Bugatti Chiron was added to the hypercar ensemble. You can see the inspiration of the Type 57 Atlantic seep through the flowing bodywork, from the iconic spine that bisects the rear window, and the organic line of the A-pillar to the doors where air is channeled to the colossal quad-turbo W16.

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After looking at the wonderful range of hypercars, I took a closer look at the selection of rally cars. The first of two cars to stand out from the pack was this Ford Escort RS Cosworth, which looked fit to take on any special stage challenge you could imagine.

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The second car was a legendary Ford Focus RS. For any rally fan, this model will immediately bring to mind the late, great Colin McRae.

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The show curation was also good, with many cars parked next to helicopters with complementary colors. An example of this is this beautiful Fiat 500 Abarth.

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This black Lotus Emira was placed near a helicopter in black and gold, reminiscent of the famous John Player Special colors.

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Towards the end of the day, a pilot demonstrated his skills by making his helicopter dance around the Jesko, which immediately drew a crowd. That’s not something you see every day.

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Car events with a good cause at heart don’t happen often enough. But given the popularity of Cars & Copters UK, I think it will be around for a while. And I’m sure it will only get bigger and better over time.

Samuel Cherry
Instagram: Samgkers

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