‘Drive It Day’ celebration at Bicester Heritage

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Two of the Sunday Scramble attendees check out a classic | Bicester Heritage photos

Late each April, what the British call “a national scheme” encourages owners of historic vehicles to get out and drive them. This year, Bicester Heritage, the former Royal Air Force base turned into a classic vehicle center, held a Sunday Scramble on Drive It Day.

More than 6,000 people, including 1,000 classic car owners from some 45 car clubs, gathered at the historic former bomber training site near Oxford. 

Ready for takeoff

Among the highlights were:

•  Rides in a Tiger Moth aircraft

• A display of cars by Mercedes-AMG Petrona Motorsport team in Building 119, the former Field Ford Motor Transport Shed which will become a historic race car collection center.

•  A photography exhibition by Amy Shore.

•  The opening of the Sports Purpose dealership in the former Motor Transport Yard, where the Lancia B20 GT Outlaw and various Porsche 356 and 911 models were arrayed

•  The opening of the new location of Robert Glover Ltd., a specialty dealer in historic sports, competition and touring cars.

•  The launch of Wriggle Monkey Brewery.

•  The unveiling by Kingsbury Racing Ltd. of its most recent restoration project, a Speed Six saloon.

• AutoClassics Mart offered 120 vehicles for sale in Hangar 113.

•  The arrival in a 1950s era Broussard aircraft by Nick English, co-founder of Bremont, which unveiled six clocks on the Bicester grounds.

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•  A Hagerty vehicle valuation arena. 

Bicester Heritage began the revitalization of the former RAF site in 2013 and has become home to more than three dozen vintage vehicle specialist firms. Its next Sunday Scramble is scheduled for October 7.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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