Bicester Heritage wraps up Sunday Scramble calendar for 2019

Monthly car shows resume in January 2020 at former RAF base

More than 6,000 people, including those belonging to 30 car and motorcycle clubs, turned out this past weekend for the October Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage in England, where highlights included a BMW Heritage exhibit, several historic Formula One racing cars and an Ian Callum-designed Aston Martin Vanquish 25.

The event was staged at the former RAF airbase, where a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB was parked next to a 1964 Trabant driven from Berlin by the original owner’s daughter.

“Creating a noisy spectacle and delighting motorsports fans were a pair of historic Formula One cars on open display,” organizers said, adding, “Mercedes-Benz AMG delighted crowds by programming one of its heritage F1 cars to play God Save the Queen with its engine.

Also displayed were the 2011 Marusia MRV-02 with its red and black Virgin livery and the 1998 Minardi M198-V10, “which could be heard across the site when it was fired up and put through its warm-up cycle throughout the morning.”

BMW UK displayed highlights of its UK Heritage collection including a 1938 BMW 328 roadster and 1978 BMW M1. That display was joined by a curated “Bavarian Motor Lawn” featuring vehicles from the BMW Owners Club UK as well as a 1939 328 Frazer-Nash presented by the Historic Endurance Rally Organization.

Hangar 113 at the former air force training station featured a motorcycle display while the Events Hangar celebrated automotive artist Ian Cook, AKA PopBangColour, who did a live presentation, doing an acrylic-on-canvas painting with a remote-controlled car as his paintbrush.

Meanwhile, Ian Callum talked about how he designed the Vantage 25, of which 25 copies will be produced.

With construction of several new buildings underway and with winter arriving soon, the Sunday Scramble calendar takes a break until 2020, when the first such event is scheduled for January 5.

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