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!
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