The sun-drenched weekend of 23-24 June helped draw big crowds to Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire for the Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel. Aside from splendid gatherings of classic road and competition cars, motorcycles, vintage aircraft and military machines, with special guests including five-time Le Mans 24-hour race winner Derek Bell and seven World War Two veterans to honour the centenary of the RAF and the end of the First World War.
The array of machines that took to the show’s demonstration track ranged from the 1914 aero-engined Fafnir Hall-Scott Special to the 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Sports that competed in the 1926 Le Mans 24-Hour Race and a 1957 AC Aceca Bristol. Meanwhile, amongst the historic buildings of Bicester Heritage’s Technical Site — the UK’s best-preserved World War Two bomber station — a specially curated collection of classic cars gathered for the inaugural Flywheel Concours. Six categories of cars were present, all pre-1976 to reflect the fact that RAF Bicester was closed in that year.
As well as the Flywheel Concours, visitors got a behind-the-scenes look at the businesses that operate in the technical site at Bicester Heritage, including vehicle storage specialist Historit, Porsche experts Sports Purpose, paint restorers Auto Wax Works, and historic car sales companies Pendine and Robert Glover Ltd.
Air displays included the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Tiger Nine and the Bremont Great War Display Team with a full nine-ship performance. The wartime veterans on hand included 97-year-old Battle of Britain veteran Wg Cdr ‘Tim’ Elkington. Some of them took to the skies in a Tiger Moth (below) of Bicester-based vintage pleasure flight operator Finest Hour Experiences.