The de Havilland Aircraft
Association of South Africa
Christie's International Vintage Aerobatic Championship Finals
Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
17th to 18th of August 1985
By Brian T. Zeederberg
A youthful Brian Zeederberg and the British Tiger Moth G-AVPJ that the last three finalists competed in for the International Trophy in 1985.
Springbok pilot Brian Zeederberg arrived back in South Africa yesterday after winning the International Vintage Aerobatics Contest in England at the weekend. Tiger Moth clubs from all over the world held elimination series to choose pilots to represent their countries in the contest – the first of its kind held. Of the more than 10 countries which took park, the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa went through to the finals. Brian won three of the five programmes in the finals to become the first world champion.
Newspaper article below depicting Brian and the orange and white South African de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth, ZS-DEC, which was kindly loaned to Brian by Patricia Evens as the rebuild on his own Tiger was not complete in 1985.
Christie’s International Vintage Aerobatic Championship Finals Woburn 1985
First Place Brian Zeederberg South Africa
Below is the trophy from the UK that was sponsored by Christie’s Antique Auctioneers, and presented by the Marchioness of Tavistock, at an elaborate dinner in the Abbey at Woburn.
International Tiger Moth Aerobatic Contest 1985
South African Trials
The event was organised by the de Havilland Moth Club in conjunction with the British Aerobatic Association.
In 1985 aerobatic sequences were sent out from the Moth Club in the UK to the various Aero Clubs around the world where there were Tiger Moth's based. A series of eliminations or trials were held in the various countries participating.
Below is the trophy that Brian won from the trials, that were held in Johannesburg, which qualified him to represent South Africa at the International contest in the UK.