In pictures: Bicester Heritage’s brilliant Sunday Scramble
With Drive It Day’s Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage over for another year, we revisit the highlights from the April 2018 event – and it was the most popular yet!
With the weather hitting record temperatures for 2018’s Drive It Day, Bicester Heritage was swamped by a plethora of classic vehicles and record numbers of visitors for this year’s second Sunday Scramble event, in association with Hagerty Classic Insurance.
When the gates opened at 9am, swarms of enthusiasts and drivers entered the hugely popular automotive gathering at the former World War 2 bomber base. By 10am, it had breached all attendance records for previous editions of the fast-growing show – more than 6000 people populated the grounds, with over 1000 vehicles!
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With vast numbers of classic vehicles from all spectrums of the classic vehicle range – from Green Goddess fire engines and World War 2 Jeeps to Aston Martin V8s and pre-war rarities, visitors sauntered through the tree-lined avenues and leafy open yards of the old RAF base with food stalls and automobilia stands offering bespoke items rarely found anywhere else.
Significant vehicular attractions included an early Jaguar XJ-S, Lamborghini LM002, Peugeot 505 STI, Porsche 911 2-litre and a race prepared first-generation Ford Mustang. Paired alongside were an army of MGBs, classic Fords and all manner of engineering marvels from Italy, Britain, Germany, American and Japan.
Within the AutoClassics and Motor1 hangar was Ben Coombs and his TVR Chimaera, discussing his global expedition and world travels with Blackpool’s finest; in search of the perfect pub! Alongside was the new Lister Jaguar amid a huge range of cars for sale – not to mention a sneak peak at the cars of AutoClassics staff, including a Porsche 996, Subaru Impreza and Overfinch diesel Range Rover P38.
Throwing their doors open to the public, specialist businesses located in Bicester’s unique setting welcomed guests and entertained new clients, with The Wriggly Monkey Brewery unveiling its eagerly awaited first permanent beer – ‘Full Tilt’ – and Porsche specialist Sports Purpose celebrating its first official day in business on site.
To celebrate the grand opening, special guests Maria Costello, once the fastest woman around the Isle of Man TT course, and Alastair Gibson, ex-Honda F1 engineer and the world’s only carbon fibre sculpture artist, casually hung out with Sports Purpose proprietor James Turner to talk all things Porsche and outright speed with enthusiasts – not to mention displaying Gibson’s rare 1937 BMW R5 SS motorcycle.
Completing a trio of grand openings within the Motor Transport Yard was Robert Glover Ltd’s new showroom, showcasing the likes of distinctive pre-war Alfa Romeos and Lagondas. Getting a look in involved considerable amounts of crowd surfing, with dozens of aficionados packing the Yard to drool over such dignified race cars and tourers.
Porsche Classic Life also enjoyed its first day on site, displaying a wide range of racing Porsches and historical models, enough to ensure the former Fire Station premises turned into more of a religious gathering than a car meet.
Also drawing in a huge number of enthusiasts was the just-opened Mercedes-Benz Motorsport centre, displaying Lewis Hamilton's 2017 F1 car and a stunning example of the iconic 300SL Gullwing.
Keeping abreast of current market trends and classic car values was Hagerty Insurance and its Valuation Arena, giving classic car owners an idea of what their pride and joy is currently worth. Vehicles gracing the judgement of their expert panel included a Rover V8 tricycle and an immaculate Gordon-Keeble.
Riley specialists Blue Diamond educated visitors on the brilliance of Riley’s sporting pedigree with an appearance by Victor Riley, who gave updates on the Riley Archive Project launched last month. Vintage Bentley specialist Kingsbury Racing Shop also inspired new interest from the next generation of enthusiast with a presentation of the greatest cars from the mind of WO Bentley himself. It made for one of the most exciting pre-war corners from any show this year so far.
For those of an artistic persuasion, Amy Shore had partnered with Bicester Heritage to display some of the finest aspects of her work, and it went down a treat – as did her 'Mayonnaise' Mini Mayfair standing at the door to her gallery.
As the Bremont-sponsored clocks drew the event to a close upon 4pm, the air filled with the sound of guttural exhausts as more than a century’s worth of classic machinery filed past before hitting the sun-baked open road for home.
The next Sunday Scramble will be held on October 7. Tickets sold out this time round, so book yours in plenty of time. You can find out more through the official Bicester Heritage website.
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