More than 200 exotic and racing cars, one of them dating to 1906, turned out at Bicester Heritage in England on May 12 for the inaugural Petrolicious Drivers’ Meeting. The event drew more than 4,000 people and celebrated 100 years of Zagato and 50 years of the Williams Grand Prix team.
“The now-ubiquitous Petrolicious #DriveTastefully motto was made real by the new event,” according to petrolicious.com.
The event was held at the former Royal Air Force base, with the huge, 50,000-square-foot main hangar occupied with automotive artists, various retail stands and a cinema showing Petrolicious films. Not only were the films shown, but the cars appearing in those videos were parked next to the screen, including a Ferrari Daytona, “The Rusty 911’”Porsche, a Golf GTI Mk2, NSU Ro80, Mercedes-Benz 280SE, Lancia Delta Integrale and Bentley 4 ½ Liter.
The event also featured two Jaguar D-types, the Jaguar Project 7 and the debut of the new Bremont Jaguar D-type timepiece.
The Williams F1 display included the team’s first race-car transporter, now restored, and the 1979 FW07 and 1987 FW11B cars.
Other featured displays included “Slowly Sideways,” showcasing Group B rally cars from the 1980s; the “Endurance Racing Legend,” several cars that had raced at Le Mans; a Singer Design 911; and the “Multi-million pound Ferrari” display with an F40, Daytona, 330GT, 275 GTB and F12 TDF.
Another highlight was the reunion of the Alan Mann Lotus Cortina Mk1 and the Autodelta Alfa Romeo GTA that raced against each other 53 years earlier.
The Zagato display included cars from Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Porsche.