Crowds of motoring enthusiasts braved the early start last Sunday to enjoy the first meet Bicester Scramble of the decade. With a remarkable diversity of vehicles attending, ranging from a 1968 Tatra 603 II to a 1984 Peugeot 205 T16, countless cobwebs were blown off timeless classics by in excess of a sell-out 6500 visitors to the Bicester Heritage site.
Highlights of the day included a morning talk by Jamie Chadwick, 2019 W Series champion and Williams Grand Prix development driver. Hosted by on-site specialist Sports Purpose.
The day also saw the official launch of the new Bicester Heritage Volunteer Squadron. With a range of positions available, volunteers are invited to work with the dynamic Bicester Motion team, supporting their events, tours and estates team at Bicester Heritage, including research in to the airfield’s history and archive management.
Mission Motorsport revealed three exclusive Morgan cars with distinctive Forces’ teamed liveries. The Technical Site at Bicester Heritage was reserved for vehicles made prior to 1990, and welcomed collectables ranging from an eye-catching Porsche 550 Spyder in blue, to a wonderful 1935 Austin 7 Pearl Cabriolet, which made the 35-mile journey with the roof down, through the pre-dawn mist.
The airfield was open to all vehicles and played host to a wide selection of car club gatherings, from the Cold War Classic Car Owners Club through to the members of the Lotus 7 Owners Club, many of whom had also driven roof down to attend. With the temperature well below double digits for the day and a wintery chill in the air, it was remarkable to see so many enthusiasts embracing the opportunity to use their classic vehicles and kick start 2020 in action packed style.
Scramble favourites supported the event, with timing partner Bremont once again displaying its range of luxury British timepieces in its Nissen Hut-style showrooms on the Main Drive. Bicester Heritage’s insurance partner, Hagerty UK, also returned with its free valuation service for cars attending. Offering owners an expert opinion on market values, it’s proved immensely popular at previous Scrambles and every appointment was booked out in advance of the day.
For more information on the Bicester Heritage Volunteer Squadron, please email firstname.lastname@example.org