Bicester Heritage is excited to welcome carburettor specialists and classic vehicle enthusiasts Burlen as the latest addition to the quarter, based out of the Old Fire Party House, Building 87.
Born in 1971 through the merging of SU (Skinners Union), AMAL and Zenith carburettors, following a partnership between John Burnett and Mike Cullen, Burlen remains in the family, as John’s three sons; Mark, Andy and Jamie have now taken over the business. A shared passion for classic vehicles, bikes, tanks, and aviation will make Bicester Heritage’s ‘motoring marina’ the ideal backdrop for the brothers to continue growing their business.
Carburettors remain an essential component for any period car, motorcycle or aircraft owner, enhancing performance through fuel injection, while also finishing off the overall look of any restored vehicle.
While all carburettors, and associated parts will continue to be manufactured in Salisbury, as well as those of the J40 Motor Company, the Bicester Heritage site will be used as a brand showcase centre and entertaining area, both regularly open to visitors.
Burlen at Bicester will showcase a range of products from Amal, SU and Zenith carburettors, along with curated items from each brands history. A number of classic display vehicles will also be on site including the famous Burlen racing Minis, classic American hotrods and a variety of classic cars. In the near future a range of carburetters, parts and accessories will be on sale to Bicester Heritage specialists and site visitors alike.
The J40 Motor Company will also call Bicester Heritage its home, with a permanent display of Austin J40 pedal cars, spares, and accessories available to view and purchase.
Burlen will also create a relaxing lounge area designed to suit the style of the architecture of Bicester Heritage while showcasing the history of the Burlen brands through historical artifacts, products, technical drawings, and material from the company archives.
Mark Burnett, Burlen’s Managing Director, said “Burlen has served the classic vehicle community for many years, and looks forward to becoming a part of the community at Bicester Heritage. We are proud to work alongside the experts, specialists and talent residing on site and feel we perfectly align with the experiences and services guests to the site have become accustomed to. While we won’t be fully open in time for the October Scramble, we will be on site, with open doors, ready to greet enthusiasts and share our vision for the future.”
Dan Geoghegan, CEO, Bicester Heritage adds: “Despite the humble carburettor no longer taking centre stage in the contemporary motoring industry, it remains a key component for classics. It’s a pleasure to have another family-focused business join us, and we look forward to seeing their collection at our upcoming Scramble event.”