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A POTTED HISTORY OF THE COVENTRY& DISTRICT MAC.

 

The origins of the club are lost in the mists of time. There was a model club in Coventry in the 1930s. The earliest references to the Coventry & district MAC in print that I can find are in the “club news” in the aero modeller in 1944 and 45. The names of Arthur Barr and Brian Roberts were mentioned among others. These were two people who served the club well in later years.
 
The heyday of the club was in the 1950s when the club was very competitive in the national competition free flight scene. This culminated in 1956 when Ron Draper won the world power championship. We were British champion club in 1958, winning the plugged cup, and either won, or were highly placed in many individual and team competitions. Ron Draper was also a member of the British team for the 1958 Wakefield Cup. In 1962 he was the top placed member of the British team for the world indoor championships, breaking the national indoor record with a flight of 34min 34secs. In the actual world championship he again topped the British team, twice more breaking his own record with flights of 35min 48secs and 40min 44secs.
 
After the loss of the club flying field at Bramcote airfield and the loss of three of our leading members who took up photography, the club gradually declined until by 1968 we were down to seven members. This was the year that Brian Roberts and myself took up RC single channel gliders. By 1970 we had moved on to multi-channel proportional radio but still with gliders. From this point we once more grew into a large successful club, flying in the BARCS competitions most weekends. At this time it also had a great social life when wives and girlfriends would accompany us to Warwick common for Friday evening flying and training followed by refreshments in the pubs in Warwick. This situation declined as people moved away or family matters began to take precedence.

 

We obtained our present flying field at Wolston in 1979 through the efforts of Roy Garner and from this point on you know the rest….
 
In September 2007 I had been a club member continuously for 60 years and have been a competitor for most of that time which is what makes aero modelling worthwhile!
 
The club would like to thank RAY HAYWOOD for his fond memories of the history of CADMAC since 1930.
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