Bicester Heritage held its second Stay Home Scramble virtual event live on Father’s Day.
Through social media channels Facebook and Instagram, the Bicester Heritage team posted twelve video interviews with a selection of specialist businesses, each giving a five to fifteen-minute insight into their latest projects, stock, stories, and action.
The interviews provided some fascinating history and a behind-the-scenes look at the specialist’s workshops and showrooms. Delving into how some came to be at Bicester, their experiences of lockdown, and how this affected them and Bicester Heritage as a whole. The Station Chaplain, the Reverend Adam Gompertz also took to the test track to learn how to double-de-clutch in a vintage Bentley.
James Turner, of Sports Purpose, kick-started the live event. James has reported his best sales yet for his growing business, all delivered during the lockdown. He discussed his race series the 2.0 Litre cup and introduced his 2 litre 911, nicknamed ‘Stripey’, the Paul Smith Porsche’ art car’ which is often displayed at Scramble events. Watch James at Sports Purpose here.
Robert Glover of Robert Glover Limited gave a tour of his showroom, introduced his Alfa Romeo 6C and shared some Pathe footage of the car winning the Irish Grand Prix in 1929. See the Pathe race footage here. Watch Robert Glover’s video here.
Rob Hubbard of Bonhams MPH gave a tour of the guardhouse, one of the most prominent buildings on-site, and introduced his current consignment of vehicles for their online auction on 25th July. Watch the Bonhams MPH video here.
Martin Greaves, the owner of Classic Performance Engineering, has what is arguably one of the best-looking workshops in the country. Martin and his crack team of mechanics look after a variety of cars from Ferrari 250s to Fiat Topolinos. View the workshop tour here.
James Mitchell of Pendine took us on a tour of The Blast House, the former RAF power-station-turned-temple to post-war British motoring history. His showroom is a dream garage with some incredibly rare machines available to purchase. Here is the Pendine Tour.
Guy Lachlan joined us twice at the Stay Home Scramble, firstly for a tour of Fuzz Townsend’s Classic Oils, based in the RAF’s Lubricant Store at Bicester Heritage. And secondly to introduce his rare Caterham 21. See his tour here and the Caterham 21 here.
Ewen Getley of Kingsbury Racing Shop also showed us his beautiful workshop. The perfect blend of historical buildings and modern enterprise, with 1920s cars being restored and serviced in the RAF’s former engine fitting shop. View Kingsbury Racing Shop’s tour here.
Finally, we talked to Chris Thompson of Finest Hour Experiences who took off in the Cap 10 to show us some aerial acrobatics. From 1st July The Bicester Aerodrome Company will manage the airfield at Bicester Heritage securing the future of aviation for this iconic RAF Bomber site. Join us on the airfield here.
And finally, Philip White signed off from the new Command Works buildings which are due to be completed in July, the first addition to the historic site in nearly 80 years.