6,500 brave British cold for first Bicester Scramble of 2020

Single-digit temperatures don’t deter attendance

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Cold British weather not obstacle to 6,500 car enthusiasts who turned out for first Scramble of the year | Bicester Heritage photos

It was a cold winter morning in England, but more than 6,500 car enthusiasts turned out for the first Sunday Scramble of the year at Bicester Heritage, the former RAF airbase that has been transformed into a vintage vehicle center.

The Cold War Classic Car Owners Club was among the groups in attendance, and many members of this club for Lotus 7 owners made the drive to Bicester roofs-down despite temperatures in the single digits.

Among the features of the day was a talk by Jamie Chadwick, winner of the 2019 W Series and Williams Grand Prix development driver, who spoke not only about her own career but about the changing role of women in motorsports. 

The day also included the launch of the Bicester Heritage Volunteer Squadron, which not only plays a role in supporting events such as the Scrambles, but in leading tours and doing research in to the airfield’s archives and history.

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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 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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