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    Caterham and the Royal Air Force create one-off tribute to the esteemed Puma HC2 helicopter 
    A special, one-of-a-kind Caterham Seven 360R has been built with repurposed components from a Puma HC2 helicopter Joint project between the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Caterham in support of Mission Motorsport and the RAF Benevolent Fund Car to be auctioned via Collecting Cars raising money for injured servicemen and women The car will make its first public appearance at this weekend’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix Unveiling of the car will take place at 10:00am GMT at the Military Village Friday, 5 July 2024: Caterham and the RAF have unveiled a special one-off car built using exterior and interior components from a Puma HC2 helicopter, paying tribute to the remarkable aircraft. The Caterham Seven 360R has been created to raise money for injured servicemen and women and will be on display for the first time at this weekend’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix. To be auctioned off through Collecting Cars, it’s hoped the joint project between the Royal Air Force, Caterham, Mission Motorsport and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund will raise more than £100,000.
    This project between Caterham and the RAF is in support of the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) division, allowing those part of the program external opportunities to grow their skills. 
    Operated by Joint Aviation Command (JAC) at RAF Benson, XW232 entered service in 1972 and operated around the world. Upon reaching the end of its service life recently, teams at Benson and Caterham decided to create a tribute to the Puma and its servicemen and women.
     Based on a Seven 360R, the external finish remains as it was when taken from the aircraft, while the remaining panels have been painted in matching ‘NATO Green’. The chassis also mirrors the aircraft beneath the surface, finished in ‘Desert Sand’.  Aluminium skin from the aircraft’s tail boom and doors have been used as panels for the Seven’s exterior as well as the internal rear bulkhead, where the door jettison handle remains in place.  Details from the Puma are carried through to the interior. The aircraft’s quilted soundproofing lines the door panels, tunnel top, and forms padding for the carbon fibre seats. The helicopter’s evacuation instructions have been preserved, stitched into the lining.  A unique satin black dashboard features to match the Puma’s military grade switchgear, replacing the regular dash switches. The 360R also features a helicopter-style three-stage ignition sequence for added theatre to start-up, while the aircraft’s navigation clock forms the centrepiece of the dash. Underneath the bonnet, the ammunition box now contains the car’s battery.
    Assembly of the car was a joint effort between Caterham and serving personnel from RAF Benson. The names of all those involved in this project are featured on the bonnet. 
    Puma HC2 medium support helicopters are used for a variety of combat roles including tactical movement of troops and weapons, as well as the extraction of casualties on the frontline. They are also employed for humanitarian and disaster relief operations. 
    Corporal McCreadie said: “It has been an honour to be a part of the Caterham project. As an Aircraft Technician (mechanical), I volunteered my time to remove the decommissioned materials from the Puma for the Caterham RAF Seven 360. To see the transformation of the materials has been fascinating.  “Through the course of the project I had the opportunity to refine my skills and learn some new engineering techniques. I am proud to have been a part of the team that made this car and to promote Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics within the RAF.”
    Bob Laishley, CEO of Caterham, said: “When the RAF approached us about this project we jumped at the chance to be involved. Firstly, because it was an interesting build process for us as it’s the first time in our history that a Seven has been made from recycled helicopter parts. “It was a true team effort as well, with engineers from the RAF supporting us throughout the build. But, more importantly, it’s great to know that any proceeds from the auction will go to incredibly important causes.”
     Squadron Leader Morley said: “Royal Air Force Benson Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) team will be attending multiple events throughout the summer, promoting STEM in both the military and industry. Along with support from RAF Engineering & Cyber Recruitment the team have an amazing opportunity to host and present this one-off Caterham car made with former RAF Puma components. “The car has been assembled by RAF personnel with the help of Caterham and highlights the amazing skills of the engineering teams that both maintain the RAF Puma’s and that work in industry. It’s our opportunity to celebrate the history of the RAF Puma Force while showcasing the opportunities that are available within the RAF and wider STEM community.” 
    The car is scheduled to be displayed at several events throughout the Summer. Bidding for the car opens 15 August and ends 12 September through Collecting Cars. 

    This Month: Inside The Factory • Have You Had Your Chips? • If You Go Down To The Woods Today…
    • At Cadwell With The Club • Caterhams At Combe • Sorting A Worn-Out Driver’s Seat
    • Not Sparing The Horses At Aintree • Performing At Prescott • And Much More…
    Lowflying is currently with the printers and will be dispatched towards members around 9th July.

    This Month: A Tale Of Two Sevens • Tread Carefully Before Changing Your Tyres • Competing At Curborough • (Don’t Forget To) Put A Tiger In Your Tank… • Driven To Crime • Meeting The Morgans • And Much More…
    Lowflying is currently with the printers and will be dispatched towards members around 7th June.

    This Month: Bargain Hunt – Caterham Style • A Glass And A Half • My Experience With A Historic Lotus 7 S1 • Lowflying Under Ground • Easter Eco Run • Area Profile: Cambridgeshire Sevens • A Memorable Anglesey Weekend • And Much More…
    Lowflying is currently with the printers and will be dispatched towards members around 9th May.

    This Month: The Fast And The Furriest • Seven Oaks For The Seven Owners • Joining The Club • The Car’s The Star • Putting The Ev In Seven • Soggy Donuts • News And Events • And much more
    Lowflying is currently with the printers and will be dispatched towards members around 9th April.

    We are pleased to announce that the club has a brand new merchandise offer from today.
    See 'merchandise' in the menu bar.
    The change means that we can offer a wider choice of items along with a big increase in colour and size options.
    We have also introduced the choice of logo – with or without words, on most items, to suit all preferences.
    If you are buying from outside of the UK, please choose what you want to buy and then email sales@morphmy.co.uk for shipping charges and payment.
    If you have any questions or suggestions for additions to the range, please contact Garry on merchandise@caterhamlotus7.club

    Ready to rev up your excitement? Enter our exclusive raffle for a chance to win tickets to the Supercar Fest Show!
    Thanks to Iconic Auctioneers (formerly Silverstone Actions) the well-known specialist auction house for the sale of classic, competition and collectors’ cars, the Club is delighted to be raffling a pair of adult tickets to the Supercar Fest Show on Saturday 18th May at Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton, including entry to the Iconic Auctioneers Supercar Fest sale of iconic and classic cars.  All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Club’s charity Prostate Cancer Research.
    Imagine yourself surrounded by the world's most breath-taking supercars, roaring engines, and adrenaline-pumping action! From sleek Ferraris to powerful Lamborghinis, this is your golden ticket to automotive nirvana.  It will be a great day out, culminating in the auction itself; if your piggy-bank is big enough, why not make a bid?
    The prize includes:                                                               
    ·         Two adult tickets to the Supercar Fest Show on Saturday 18th May.
    ·         Entry to the Iconic Auctioneers Supercar Fest Sale of Iconic & Classic Cars with catalogue
    ·         Two Supercar Fest baseball caps
    Total prize value £120 – no cash alternatives. 
    Ticket sales will close at midnight on 30 April, with the draw to take place on 1 May.
    Raffle tickets are £10 through LoveAdmin (go to “events” and scroll right down to find the raffle details) or call the Club office (01873 777303)

    This month: Goodbye Caterham Kennet Road… • Caterham Germany moves to… the Nürburgring • The view from the top • Trello – my restoration ‘to do’ list • My year in trackdays • Area profile: North Wiltshire • and much more
    Lowflying is currently with the printers and will be dispatched towards members around 8th March.

    The Championship promises a series of fantastic events, kicking off with the first sprint set against the scenic backdrop of Anglesey on April 6th. This first event marks the beginning of a season filled with terrific venues and driving action.
    Participants are encouraged to register before March 16th to ensure they are allocated their correct seeding (championship number). While the club commits to making every effort to accommodate late registrations, it cannot guarantee the correct seeding for those who sign up after the deadline.
    For those seeking more information about the Championship, including event details, rules, and regulations, the Championship section of the Club's website offers a wealth of resources. Additionally, Competition Secretary, Andy Skinner @andy3.skinner, is available to answer any queries and provide further insights into what promises to be an enjoyable season.
    Whether you're a novice or an experienced competitor, this championship offers a great opportunity to improve your skills and enjoy what the Seven can do.
    For registration @£36 visit Love Admin.

    This Month: “To Build, Or Not To Build, That Is The Question” • A Project For The Winter • The Ring, The Black Forest And The Gremlins • Seven People: Roger Needham • Area Profile: Bristol And Bath • And Much More
    Lowflying is currently with the printers and will be dispatched towards members around 8th February.

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