About the GB2010 Race

The oldest and most prestigious aeronautical race in the world started from Easter Compton, north of Bristol, England, on the evening of 25th September 2010

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Patron: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT

Patron: Sir Richard Branson

20 teams from 11 countries around the world competed in the 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett. Taking off at dusk from the site near Bristol, the team which flew the furthest distance from the start point won the race.

Why Great Britain?

The inaugural race took place in Paris in 1906. Since then no Briton had won, until, in 2008, David Hempleman-Adams and Jon Mason flew 1,767kms in just over 74 hours, flying from Albuquerque in New Mexico to the shores of Lake Michigan north of Chicago. They won the 52nd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett and with it the honour of hosting the race in their home nation.

The race came to Great Britain with pride and high-esteem, but without finance. We offered everyone the opportunity to be a part of the Gordon Bennett 2010 by following the race live on-line.

Do browse the website to learn about the race, the challenges, the history and the participants in this formidable adventure.

The 2009 Gordon Bennett was held in Geneva. Full details of the race, which was transmitted live, can be found here

The 2011 Coupe will be held in Gap-Tallarde, France, and the 2012 Coupe in Switzerland.