As Bicester Heritage prepared to open the gates on Sunday 4th January, the milky morning sun lost its battle with the freezing fog over North Oxfordshire and seemingly retired to bed. Bicester was very cold.
The chill made for a memorable morning, with intrepid automobilists and motorcyclists braving the conditions only to arrive with ice inside their windscreens, or in the ‘bikers case, across their chests and goggles. Out of the mist loomed all manner of machinery, from Ferraris to Porsches (60), Morgans (50) to Morris Minors and even a Bristol Bus; there was an eclectic mix to satisfy all eyes.
The Motor Transport Yard soon became full, with visitors searching for bacon rolls and cups of coffee to thaw the onset of frostbite. Beside them several Bugattis and Ferraris rapidly ticked cool opposite Austin 7s, Bentleys and a D Type Jaguar. On the western avenue and airfield apron further refreshments were served to the many, whilst those who had discovered sustenance in-between layers of bread or in hot cups of tea, roamed the Technical Site to see what was on offer.
The Porsche Club GB put on a spectacular display, arriving together and dominating the side of Hangar 79, 911s of all ages could be found. Beside them the entrance to the airfield led to further classics displayed around the Perimeter Track, beside vintage and classic aircraft that materialised from the mist. The WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust’s RAF BE2e looked phenomenally evocative, inspiring thoughts of the RAF station in period.
Bicester Heritage would like to thank those that visited, survived the chilly morning and supported the first event of 2015. The next Sunday Brunch Scramble will be held on the 26th April with further information to follow in February.
Posted on 15th January 2015