On Sunday 21st June, we headed back to Bicester Heritage, on this occasion for the Flywheel Festival which was being held for the first time. Promising a mix of motoring and aviation action and displays to enjoy, alongside the great location, would surely prove to be a good day out.
Arriving early as we usually like to do, we waited a few minutes for the gates to open and began to explore what was on offer. This chap obviously takes his plane for a walk rather than a dog! Activity had already started as planes and cars were moved into position and prepared for the day ahead.
Starting the planes up to move them under their own power.
Groups of planes headed out to the airfield.
The largest plane was on display on the lawn.
All curves and rivets!
Also found on the lawned display area was a selection of classic cars of all varieties.
Cute little Austin.
A very patriotic way of protecting your car interior.
Classic cars in the foreground, classic planes in the background, what more do you need?
One of the more unique offerings.
Someone had been busy preparing this immaculate Rover.
And yes the back is as immaculate as the front!
The military buildings provide a lovely backdrop for the competition cars in the paddock.
Around every corner there seemed to be another little treasure to enjoy.
Cars were being prepared for the demonstrations.
Drivers were given a pep talk!
Whilst others were quite content to let the world go by!
There were also some lovely patinated military hardware on show, such as this tank that had been used for target practice!
An absolute jewel of a miniature radial engine can be spotted on this bike.
And so the motoring demonstration began, with speeds increasing as the drivers became familiar with the track.
The star of the show was undoubtedly the Bristol Blenheim!
Suitable attired crew and fans!
It was amazingly quiet in flight!
Some of the even earlier planes put on some spirited displays.
Don't worry the gun at the back is a dummy, as is the figure operating it!
Nine Tiger Moths pretty close to each other!
The Spitfire put on a fast moving display.
It doesn't matter how many times you see a Spitfire in action, you can never tire of listening to that engine!
One of the unexpected delights of the day were the numerous people dressed up in the spirit of the occasion, such as this member of the Home Guard.
Military uniforms were much on display.
Land Army out and about.
Ready for battle.
As an added bonus there were also a couple of models on site, suitably attired and ready to pose for photographers.
The plane made a suitable background as well.
Having the models provided, once again showed how much thought the organisers had put into staging this event.
At the end of a long day, it was all too much for some and a little relaxation and rest were in order!
A good day out with much to enjoy, many thanks to all those that made it possible.