Our Hang Gliding club from Holland visited the Shanklin Festival in 1981 or 82, I'm not sure of the year.
We drove around the island in a large blue ex-police van. (Evening all).
The following photos were taken during our visit.
At that time I was only flying hang gliders, having learned in Wales.
Would anybody know in which year the Welsh Hang Gliding centre was opened?
Later I bought and built a Scorpion 3-axis machine and returned with it to the Netherlands.
The most interesting flight I had was when it would not go higher then 30 feet because of engine troubles caused by the muffler, while at the same time a rudder cable came loose so I could only make right hand turns. Still managed to get back to the landing strip flying between the tree tops.
I rented it out to 2 F16 pilots who wanted to purchase it. Sadly the engine quit, forcing them to crash land in a ditch.
Then just after I returned from England with all the spare parts, the Scorpion was grounded after it was discovered that the whole design was dangerous. We were lucky. I sold the remains to a farmer interested in aviation stuff who wanted to hang it in his barn. Maybe it is still there…