The well-received talk, which took place in the ideal surroundings of the Hayward Hall, saw an audience descending on Middle Wallop from as far away as Cheshire to hear what the ex-pilot and author had to say about the races and its legacy, which of course is seen in the Spitfire and the developments of engines prior to the Second World War.
Paul said: "What marks out the Museum of Army Flying as a talks’ venue is the setting. We nestle amongst historic aeroplanes, each of which has its own story to tell, and listen to stories of aeronautical prowess which should be better known.
"Eighty-five years ago, the High Speed Flight won the coveted Schneider Trophy for the third and final time. But for me this was a technological base for developments which would led to the creation of the world’s most iconic aeroplane, the Supermarine Spitfire and its Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.
After the talk one audience member, Keith Dowell, said: "The Schneider Trophy talk by Paul Beaver was another excellent session hosted by the Museum. Paul Beaver’s enthusiasm and insight bring aeronautical history alive focusing as he does on the people and the machines.
"The unique setting of these talks, literally sitting under aircraft suspended above you, simply adds to the occasion. I’m really looking forward to the next talk by Paul on the extraordinary aviator and test pilot Winkle Brown. The next event, Winkle: Life at full throttle, takes place on Thursday 20 October at the Museum of Army Flying."
Paul adds: "Britain has produced some of the world’s greatest aviators but none so important to the development of aviation than the naval test pilot, Captain Eric Brown, better known as Winkle.
"On 20 October, I, as Winkle’s authorised biographer, will tell the story of his life: A Life at Full Throttle. Expect some new revelations from my latest research and unrivalled access to Winkle’s papers, which will lead to a biography to be published in 2018."