Final Bicester Sunday Scramble of 2018 sets new record

If you love classics, Bicester's Sunday Scramble is a must. From iconic hatchbacks to historic grand prix racers, the last event of 2018 didn't disappoint

The Bicester Heritage site is a wonderfully vibrant place for anyone with a love of classic cars. Working out of the ex-bomber base are skilled craftspeople expertly restoring, modifying, polishing, and race preparing some fantastic vehicles.

On your average day you’ll hear the transmission whine of vintage cars or the feverish idle of grand prix racers. The Sunday Scramble is a great opportunity for the public to come to Bicester and share in their enthusiasm for cars and display their own. Last weekend was the final event of the year, and it proved to be a record breaker.

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Over 5,500 people attended the October event as well as hundreds of iconic cars. Set amongst the orange leaves of fall and the red brick RAF buildings, the cars looked stunning. Particular highlights included an extremely valuable Ferrari 250 GT SWB, an original Rolls-Royce Phantom I, Maserati 250F, and a rare Porsche 993 GT2 RS.

The Dick Lovett Cylinder Club took over Hangar 113 and filled it with over 100 performance cars ranging from special edition Aston Martins to classic air-cooled Porsche 911s. Speaking of the Stuttgart marque, Porsche Classic Life put on a great display outside their old fire station building with some beautifully restored cars.

F1 fans received a surprise when the Mercedes AMG F1 team wheeled out Lewis Hamilton’s 2015 Austin Grand Prix car. It was fired up and revved, thrilling the large crowd that had gathered. This car earned 7 wins, 6 poles and 11 podiums throughout its F1 season.

Dan Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, said: “It was the perfect family Scramble that exemplifies the broad church that Bicester Heritage has become. The range of motorcars was staggering, from the Phantom I chassis driven here to a Citroen BX GTi, all amidst the perfect backdrop and blue skies, providing an ambient hubbub for enthusiasts and neighbours alike. What a day!”

The Bicester Heritage Sunday Scramble events will return in 2019 on January 6.

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