Bicester Heritage Sunday Brunch Scramble

January 08, 2015  •  1 Comment

We made our first ever visit to Bicester Heritage for their Sunday Brunch Scramble on January 4th and we didn't really know what to expect. The day was very cold with the thermometers showing only minus numbers, allied with a good thick dose of freezing fog made wrapping up well a necessity! Once parked up we set about exploring this old RAF site which is now being sympathetically restored, and made into a centre for all things connected with classic cars and planes.

 

Classic cars were parked up all round the site, and there were some gorgeous examples on display.

 

The freezing fog stuck to this owner's prominent poppy on the journey to Bicester. On such a cold day you really have to admire the resolve of the drivers to bring their open top cars out to play.

 

Yes, it really was that cold!

 

Magnificent Bentley tucked away in one of the sheds.

 

In contrast to the brutish Bentley, the Bugattis look much more elegant!

 

That is what you call a very fine engine bay, both in presentation and design.

 

Every corner that you turned found another photogenic car, waiting in the cold to be photographed.

 

Just to give you some idea of the variety of vehicles on show, all with their own unique characteristics.

 

Rather liked this unusually painted Morgan, which seemed to change colour as you moved around it.

 

Not only were there some iconic cars on show, but the old buildings made great backdrops for them as well.

 

Every bit of space seemed to have a great car parked in it!

 

Not all vehicles were polished up, some such as this Land Rover wore their patina with pride, and rightly so!

 

People that know me, appreciate that I don't really take pictures of Porsches, but with bright yellow paintwork and a background that you could only dream about, I thought I would turn over a new leaf for the new year and give it a go!

 

Once I got started, it rather appealed to me!

 

The bikes were sensibly put in one of the buildings for shelter, and quite a few hardy riders rode them to the event.

 

Some of the old RAF equipment was put out on display, and very good it looked too!

 

Wonder what stories these machines could tell us if they could talk?

 

Out on the airfield there was a line up of planes to wander to and admire.

 

You can see just how cold and foggy it was with this photo.

 

There were lots of historical details such as this lifting beam to enjoy in the buildings to remind us all of their past uses.

 

Not only were the cars and planes great to take photos of, but I got quite interested in the buildings especially those displaying frozen cobwebs!

 

The buildings were painted in a variety of colours, which helped differentiate them.

 

Needless to say this is one of the buildings awaiting restoration, but very interesting all the same.

 

Derelict parts of the site had a certain charm to them for me, thought provoking, historical and many a story to tell.

 

A rather steamy E-Type starts up to begin the journey home.

Having arrived, not knowing what to expect, I was absolutely bowled over by how good this place is. Classic cars and planes, evocative historic buildings coupled with the atmospheric foggy conditions made it an event to remember. Many thanks must go to the hardy owners who brought their machines out to play, as well as the workers and volunteers who made the day run so smoothly, coupled with a big thank you to Bicester Heritage for their hospitality.

Really looking forward to visiting the next one in April!


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Bob K(non-registered)
Great shots as always Dave. Are the open days invite only? Let us know when the next one is due.
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