My Classic Car Journey so far, featuring the Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage.
For someone who grew up loving cars from a modern era, a little girl who wanted a picture with the newest Ferrari at each Motorshow (evidence of this will remain in a photo album safely stored at mum and dads house), I have been trying to learn about the art of classic cars over the past year or so. I have been going to more classic events and last year I was shocked when I enjoyed Goodwood Revival more than the Festival of Speed, which lead me to think maybe I am starting to understand this classic car malarkey!
I had always thought Bicester was a place to buy designer handbags, but it turns out that on a few select Sundays of the year there is more to awe inspire in this town. A short drive away from the shopping village is Bicester Heritage, a former RAF airfield, which has now turned into a classic automobile haven. Small and specialist workshops have been built into the disused hangers, but none of the original military atmosphere has been lost in this redevelopment.
On a slightly damp and misty January morning, the gates have been opened to car enthusiasts, who are invited to display their pre-1989 cars for all to admire and enjoy. Between the hangars and bare trees, cars are neatly parked up into any gap they can find.
The first car to catch my eye as I walked in is a red E30, BMW 3 series, possibly because I have a soft spot for this brand anyway. I fell in love with this stunning example as it was spotlessly clean and surrounded by golden leaves left by our colourful autumn past. The E30 was a car for everyone and continues to be loved by many to this day, especially being the first 3 series to wear the highly desirbale M badge.
Gathering likes this are guaranteed to attract some of Stuttgart’s finest and today was no exception. A bright red 911 Targa and humble white 912 were two that stood out in a field of many. The 912 being a reminder of Porsche’s relation to the Volkswagen Beetle, and by coincidence one drives past with it’s air cooled soundtrack. Anyone that knows me, knows that the Beetle was my only understanding of classics growing up!
A Mk1 Golf GTI is reversed parked infront of a single hangar and is the car that set the bench mark for hot hatches for years to come. Volkswagen themselves can’t let you forget about this model even forty years later, with golf ball gear stick and hints of red on the grills which feature on GTI’s they produce today.
Even though this event is aimed at the classic car, of course it would be rude to not let in a few modern supercars. Wandering through the base I can’t help but let a refreshing, silver Ferrari F12 TDF catch my attention along with a few other exotics.
No doubt, this will be the first of many classic events I will attend this year and I am sure my understanding and enthusiam will continue to grow!
With the Brexit fallout now well underway it left me wandering a few things. Will the British car industry make a comeback? Will we see a resurgence in the classic British marques and maybe even some new ones?
Well I didn't have to wait long to go someway to finding an answer to these
questions when the guys and girls from Williams Automobiles in
Chipping Sodbury invited us up to their open morning last weekend.
A fantastic Friday full of automotive action at the Goodwood Revival.
Summer has flown by since the Festival of Speed back in June and what better way to see the season out in style than by attending the Goodwood Revival. It was our first visit to the spectacle, and we were definitely not disappointed! A fabulous three day event set back in time during the circuit's original period between 1948 and 1966, where racing is at the heart of the action. The racetrack and paddocks are inundated with exquisite classic cars and vintage glamour to celebrate the historic racing, and this year's Revival was no different.
What makes a Sunday so special? It is the day of rest that us Brits tend to enjoy with family and friends, and is associated with doing things that we enjoy. On this day we can leave the work attire in the wardrobe and quite literally put on our Sunday best. And the car world appears to be no different. Most people drive to work in their very mundane cars, and by the time the weekend comes all they want to do is get the toy out of the garage and go for a pleasant drive. In most cases with other petrolheads and, quite naturally, this means that there are a handful of successful car meets taking place on this precious day.
Bavarian Motor Works, better known as BMW. An unmistakable brand with a global presence. Who knew three letters would stand for so much? A brand that started life one century ago building aircraft engines in 1916, built it's first automobile in 1929. 100 years on, who would have guessed it would now produce some of the most popular cars in the world? No matter how commercial the brand may have become, when you delve a little deeper there are still true enthusiasts who appreciate the brand on a different level to most.
BMW is prevalent at local car meets around the world. For example Queen Square breakfast meet, based in Bristol.
A pretty little square tucked away behind the bustling waterfront. It's cobbled streets welcome car enthusiasts from across the South West on the second Sunday of every month. What began as 'Avenue Driver's Club' for the classic car lover, has turned into a mecca for the masses of individuals from across the region who have a passion for cars.
The sound of engines and the smell of coffee surround the square in the early hours, with some people arriving early enough to see the sun rise. In winter, the warmth from coffee cups keeping your hands warm on a crisp and bitterly cold morning.
With more and more people wanting to get into motorsport and with the economy so say
getting back to normal its no surprise that race tracks all around the world are seeing
bigger, better grids than they have done in the past few seasons. Australian V8 Supercars now has
numerous non Australian brands, our very own British Touring Car Championship now has more teams
than ever before, including several manufacture backed ones and the World Rally Championship, with Toyota
set to rejoin in 2017 now has 4 out of the top 5 car manufactures in the world competing in it. It seems then
that NOW is the time to get into motorsport and what better, more affordable way than rallying!
The Wyedean rally, now in its 40th year is an event I have been too a couple of times now. Having been
brought up with rallying when I was younger, watching the WRC on ITV on a Sunday evening its always
nice to go and take in some muddy, wet, usually Welsh rally stage and watch and old Ford Escort or two slide
past, tail wagging and BDA engine roaring shortly followed by a WRC spec Focus RS, not as spectacular looking
with its fancy 4WD but still with a beauty of its own, looking unsettled yet fully in control.
Cars and Coffee. Something, that has for a very long time gone pretty well with each other.
Most petrol heads choose not go out and get plastered on a saturday night because they are busy fitting car parts or they want to get up on a Sunday with a fresh head and go for a drive.
With their being quite a large group of like minded people doing just that what better way than to meet for a few hours, grab a coffee and have a chinwag.
It happens all over the world and I have found out our home town is no different, so this time I headed down and my aim was to walk around enjoy the cars and leave the DSLR at home but it soon hit me that you don’t really need a DSLR to take some quite nice pictures to share over the internet.
Armed with just my iPhone I thought id try produce a post solely from it, Yes the iPhone. No computer and no DSLR in site just a 1.99 app and a picture edit between sets at the gym.
A few negatives of doing this is my right hand got extremely cold shooting with a metal iPhone it also killed my battery so no Facebook browsing at dinner time for me.
Anyhow here are the results, nothing that special but then do they really need to be… We will leave that for you to decide.
2014. A Year that has gone very quick for both myself and the team at Definitive.
Many weekends have been given up to do what we love, sometime this can include standing out in the freezing cold wind or hammering down rain just to get that one shot.
At the start of this year we had big ambitions, and we still do. Some have been achieved and some are still just day dreams but 2014 as been a year of pure progression.
The name Definitive, can now be seen on top competition cars around the UK. Our “name” is starting to be a recognised name in the rat race media world.
Now If you said that a few years ago we would of said stop lying. It was a hobby and a true passion, that has now lead onto what some might call a business venture.
The team is still a long way off from packing in the nine to five and drink Champaign for breakfast but it’s growing, and growing in the right direction. It is not to say that its bloody hard work because it is but at the end of the day its hard work we all enjoy and so long as their is enjoyment their will always be Definitive.
For me personally 2014 as given me a lot of good opportunity as far as my photography career goes. Below is a brief overview of my favourite pictures thought out the year, Where they were taken and why they where taken.
I feel 2014 has given Definitive the challenge it needed, and in 2015 we are looking to challenge our selfs even further, Work even harder, and lastly strive to improve our skills to bring you our fans the best media content we can.
Happy New Year from all of us at Definitive.
Our good friend Marc Huxley, car builder and lifestyler competed in a few rounds of the British Drift Championship this year and is planning on doing a whole season next year. For this he wanted a little video to show him, his car and his attitude. We kindly obliged and this was the result. Go check him out Huxley Motorsport!
You may of already seen our Round 6 photo's on here, well here is our Round 6 video.
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