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History

The Vintage Glider Club (VGC) was founded in 1973 by vintage glider enthusiasts under the vision of Chris Wills (27 August 1931 - 4 May 2011).  The club’s objective was and still is to maintain and preserve the rich gliding history of yesteryear and to ensure that the machines which charted the path of gliding history will still be here for the next generation to experience and enjoy.

At the time the VGC was founded there was little interest in vintage gliders, so much so that not even museums paid much attention to their plight.  Thus the key concept of the VGC was born; that the preservation of our gliding history would best succeed in the hands of the enthusiast, thus ensuring that these unique machines remain where they belong – in the air.  Consequently the VGC was formed in 1973 at a rally for vintage gliders at the Coventry Gliding Club in England.  A total of 23 vintage gliders attended from the UK, Switzerland and Germany.  This encouraging start has since seen the VGC develop significantly over the year and is testimony to the passion and the determination of the everyday enthusiast all over the world.

 

Vintage Glider Club – Today

Since that informal get-together in 1973.  The VGC has grown into an international club with more than 900 members worldwide.  Among them are enthusiasts not just from all parts of Europe, but also from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan and Russia.

Members of the VGC stay in touch via our regular magazine “VGC News”, which is cram-packed with exciting features and articles, the club website and the open facebook group “Vintage Glider Club”.

The most enjoyable way however is through the many Rallies that take place during the year.  The highlight is our International Vintage Glider Rally – a large get-together of members and over 100 gliders.  The venue of this exciting Rally changes from year to year and is hosted by a different European Gliding Club.  Non-VGC Members can experience the VGC at our Rendezvous Rally.  This smaller event takes place immediately before the International Rally and acts as a stopover for many members on their journey to the main rally. 

It is down to the vision and passion of the VGC that large numbers of original gliders, that would have otherwise been forgotten, have been saved and continue to soar the skies to this day.  Not only that, with the aid of original drawings, a number of extinct vintage gliders have been brought back to life!

Here at the VGC we don’t just remember vintage gliders, we are dedicated to continuing our cause and we have welcomed younger “classic” gliders into our fold.  Many of our members are aero-modellers who not only have links to full-scale gliders, but also have their own section in our magazine.  We also maintain a large archive as a means of preserving the history of the gliding movement.

Over the years the VGC has become a unique international community of pilots and enthusiasts, whose vintage and classic gliders are a wonderful sight both on the ground and in the air.  Our members exchange ideas, enjoy flying and last, but by no means least, pass on a living gliding heritage to tomorrows future generation of pilots.

You don’t need to own a vintage glider to become a member. 

Here’s 10 good reasons to join today …

  1. Participation in International Rallies
  2. You get to make new friends
  3. Fun and pleasure with like-minded people
  4. Many new holiday destinations at home and abroad
  5. Chances to fly other vintage gliders
  6. Exchange of experiences and knowledge
  7. Archives containing hundreds of original drawings
  8. Great opportunities to network to aid your restoration
  9. Three issues of VGC News per year
  10. … and all this for a membership fee for as little as an aero-tow!
 

 

Who's Who

 
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ANDREW JARVIS
PRESIDENT

president@vintagegliderclub.org

 
 

PETER OCKER
VICE PRESIDENT

 vicepresident@vintageglider.org

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ANDREW JARVIS
VICE PRESIDENT

vpuk@vintagegliderclub.org

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MARTIJN HOOGENBOSCH
VICE PRESIDENT

vpnl@vintagegliderclub.org

 
 
 
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CHRISTINE WHITTAKER
VGC CHAIRMAN

chairman@vintagegliderclub.org

SUE BROOKE
TREASURER

treasurer@vintagegliderclub.org

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WALTHER HOEKSTRA
VGC MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

memsec@vintagegliderclub.org

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ANDREW JARVIS
UK RALLY SECRETARY

ukrallysec@vintagegliderclub.org

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JAN FORSTER
EGU REPRESENTATIVE

egu@vintagegliderclub.org

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MARTIJN HOOGENBOSCH
VGC INTERNATIONAL RALLY SECRETARY

vgcrallysec@vintagegliderclub.org

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WOLFGANG ULRICH
PR

pr@vintagegliderclub.org

 ANTTI JOUPI
VGC SECRETARY

secretary@vintagegliderclub.org

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 KLAUS SCHICKLING
BOARD MEMBER

 
 

The board is assisted by

 

DAVID WEEKES
VGC SALES

sales@vintagegliderclub.org

IAN PATTINGALE
BGA TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE

technicalofficer@vintagegliderclub.org

DAVID WILLIAMS
ARCHIVIST

archivist@vintagegliderclub.org

BRUCE STEPHENSON
VGC EDITOR

vgcnews@vintagegliderglub.org

 

 

International Council

JAN FORSTER
PRESIDENT

ANDREW JARVIS
VICE PRESIDENT

PETER OCKER
VICE PRESIDENT

MARTIJN HOOGENBOSCH
VICE PRESIDENT

CHRISTINE WHITTAKER
CHAIRMAN

DIDIER FULCHIRON
SECRETARY

ALAN PATCHING
AUSTRALIA

FIRMIN HENRARD
BELGIUM

JOSEF MEZERA
CZECH REPUBLIC

NIELS EBBE GJOERUP
DENMARK

GORAN BRUUN
FINLAND

DR. JOACHIM JESKA
GERMANY

VINCENZO PEDRIELLI
ITALIA

IAN DUNKLEY
NEW ZEALAND

ZBIGNIEW JESIERSKI
POLAND

JOZEF OTT
SLOVAKIA

VACANT
SWEDEN

JURG WEISS
SWITZERLAND

VACANT
USA

 

 

Rules

We have put together a .pdf file containing our rules.
Please click download rules to take a look.

 

 

Modellers

Membership of the VGC is not just for the full size pilot. Modellers are, and have been welcome for many years. In many cases scale models are the only way that we can enjoy seeing some vintage aircraft fly as the real thing no longer exist or is not airworthy.

Membership of the VGC is a valuable source of information for the scale modeller. The VGC News publishes regular articles and 3-view drawings, and the VGC Rallies held internationally give the opportunity to see and photograph vintage gliders.

To find out what events are on click here.

 
 

 

Awards & Trophies

Each year the VGC awards members for achievements in restoration, flying and service to the Club. The awards are presented at the Annual Dinner. The VGC Executive Committee consider nominations throughout the year. We are now offering members the chance to nominate fellow members for trophies on-line for the consideration of the committee.

If you wish to nominate a VGC member for an award, please send an email to nominations@vintagegliderclub.org.


 

Our Awards & Trophies

 

INTERNATIONAL RALLY CHALLENGE TROPHY

This award has been set up to recognise the best restoration of a Vintage or Classic Glider attending the International Rally by a VGC member.

This is awarded solely on judging by the panel at the International Rally itself.

INTERNATIONAL RALLY ACHIEVEMENT TROPHY

Awarded to the best achievement during the International Rally or the best replica vintage or classic built glider attending the International Rally.

This is awarded solely on judging by the panel at the International Rally itself.

CHAIRMANS TROPHY

Founded by David Shrimpton and awarded for meritorious services to the VGC.

 

SYD DAVIES TROPHY

Awarded for recognition of services to the VGC. The award is primarily set up to recognise individuals achievements throughout the International VGC Community either in the current year, or over a longer period, through their voluntary work, devotion, or in other ways; that have greatly benefited the VGC movement either Locally or Internationally.

RODI MORGAN PLATE

The Rodi Morgan Plate was set up to acknowledge the most meritorious flight at the UK National Rally each year by a VGC Member.

FRANK REEKS TROPHY

The Frank Reeks Trophy was set up to recognise the best Grunau Baby attending any VGC Affiliated event Internationally by a VGC Member. The award is generally based on the best sympathetic restoration that represents the original design and its variants in both construction and presentation.

 

SHAW SLINGSBY TROPHY

The Shaw Slingsby Trophy was set up to acknowledge the best flight by a VGC Member in a Slingsby Tutor or Cadet each year. The award is open to any flight/s by VGC Members Internationally.

PHIL TILEY MEMORIAL CUP

The Phil Tiley Memorial Cup was set up to acknowledge the most outstanding event at the International Rally.

BEST RALLY MODEL

The Best Rally Model was set up to acknowledge the best model attending the VGC International Rally built by a VGC Member.

 

VINTAGE GLIDER CLUB COMMENDATIONS

The Vintage Glider Club Commendations are set up to recognise meritorious achievements by members of the VGC and can include commendable flights, restoration work, or assistance to the Club by VGC member/s.

 

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