England celebrates ‘Drive It Day’ at Bicester Heritage

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A D-type Jaguar 'continuation car' takes part in the Drive It Day Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage | Nick Chivers/Classic Series photos

They call it “Drive It Day,” an annual day sponsored by the British Historic Vehicle Clubs in which owners are encouraged to drive their collector and classic cars in the United Kingdom. This year “Drive It Day” was April 28 and events included a 100-vehicle tour sponsored by Hagerty that finished at a Sunday Scramble gathering at Bicester Heritage.

In addition to the Hagerty caravan, around 1,500 cars from 28 clubs rolled into the former Royal Air Force training base, including a Jaguar XJR-12 Group C racing car, a Group 4 Lancia Stratos rally car, one of the 25 Jaguar Classic D-type continuation cars and a one-off 1930 Aston Martin “Headlam” coupe.

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“The significance of raising awareness for our great British historic motoring culture, which brings such joy to us all, saw owners more eager than ever to join the Sunday Scramble event,” Bicester Heritage said in its post-event news release.

“Held amongst the wartime buildings of the historic former RAF Technical Site, from the Motor Transport Yard to the Paddock, there was something special at every turn. From several immaculate early Volkswagen Golfs at rest next to thunderous competition Porsche 911s, a diminutive classic Fiat 500 adjacent to pre-War battle-scarred Rileys and a humble Mercedes-Benz W123 beside a genuine Lancia Stratos rally car to name but a few fantastic combinations. 

“Though the cars on display differed vastly in age, purpose and value they were united on the common thread of passionate ‘Scramblers’.”

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Bicester Heritage announced plans for a “Super Scramble” on June 23 and for the inaugural Petrolicious Drivers’ Meeting, which is scheduled for May 12 with a curated group of 200 vehicles, talks by racing drivers and screenings of Petrolicious films.

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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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