We are looking forward to welcoming not just one Aston Martin but getting on for an entire squadron when the RAF 100 Baton Relay visits the Memorial next Saturday (April 14)
The baton, which marks 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force, is being carried around the country in a variety of ways, with Aston Martin ‘Red 10’ due to deliver it to the Battle of Britain Memorial here at Capel-le-Ferne on the afternoon of the 14th.
The relay started from the main entrance of the Royal Courts of Justice on Sunday, 1 April, when it was flagged off by Chief of the Air Staff Sir Stephen Hiller and Wing Commander Paul Farnes, one of the Few and a regular visitor to the Memorial.
The relay will visit every region of the UK and several overseas locations, including the Falkland Islands, Washington DC, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Twenty RAF sports associations will carry the baton in a variety of ways and in a number of different vehicles and RAF aircraft.
To make its arrival at Capel-le-Ferne even more impressive, eight other Aston Martin owners have volunteered to join Red 10 on its journey through Kent, allowing them to recreate a Red Arrows-style formation when they arrive at the clifftop site that is home to the National Memorial to the Few.
Visitors will be able to have their photographs taken while sitting in the iconic sports car and will also be encouraged to sketch the cars and the other attractions at the site, thanks to local artists who have agreed to run an informal drawing workshop from 2pm to 4pm that day.
As well as the free drawing workshops, visitors will be encouraged to join the Trust at a short service of commemoration at 3pm to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
Visitors will also be able to admire the new black granite squadron badges around the base of the National Memorial to the Few, installed this week (5 April) to mark the 25th anniversary of the unveiling of the Memorial. The original badges, carved into the stone base, had become weather worn over the past quarter of a century.
The Scramble Experience, shop and café will all be open as usual, adding a range of existing attractions to the art workshops and a great opportunity to see and photograph some impressive sports cars at a unique location.