Bicester Heritage Opens Its Gates For The First Time In 2017, As The Sunday Scramble Takes Centre Stage


January 8, 2017 By Mike Lee
Last updated on January 8, 2017

Bicester Heritage Opens Its Gates For The First Time In 2017, As The Sunday Scramble Takes Centre Stage

  • Hugely popular Sunday Scramble open day returns to Bicester Heritage for the first time in 2017
  • Upcoming event gives the public the chance to take in all of the sights and sounds of at the UK’s only business campus dedicated to the restoration, storage, maintenance and enjoyment of vintage vehicles and aeroplanes
  • Cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes are all celebrated at the highly acclaimed Sunday Scramble, where over 19 car clubs are registered to attend, along with thousands of enthusiasts
  • The first Sunday Scramble of the year also gives attendees the chance to see some of the unrestored buildings of RAF Bicester before Bicester Heritage begins its fourth phase of restoration at the UK’s best preserved WW2 RAF Bomber Station.

Bicester Heritage is opening its gates to the public for the very first time in 2017 on 8th January, as the first Sunday Scramble of the year returns to the historic motoring community.

Sunday will see the 12th instalment of the event take centre stage, following on from the overwhelming success of Scrambles past. Visitors can enjoy going behind the scenes at over 30 dedicated restoring businesses and also take in stunning displays of historic motorcars and aircraft found on site.

The likes of Classic Performance Engineering and storage experts Historit will be throwing open their doors on the day, giving guests an insight into what it takes to store, run and maintain a historic automobile.

Bicester Heritage was recently crowned the Industry Supporter of the Year at the 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards (IHMA), and the Sunday Scramble is the perfect way to become immersed in the atmosphere of this unique supportive ecosystem of business, skills and engineering expertise.

From serviced vehicle storage to specialist dealers, an upholsterer, vintage car radiator manufacturer, exhaust fabricator, classic car service centre, grand-prix car preparation and more, it’s the true home of the classic car and a one-stop-shop for the historic vehicle owner.

The specialist businesses will throw open their doors to more than 1,000 guests of all ages, while there’ll be almost as many cars for them to enjoy – spanning 100 years of automotive history.

Only at this event can you see  and get close to the likes of a Ferrari F40 parked alongside a BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile, vintage Bentleys to Austin 7s, legendary two-stroke RD350 YPVS and RD400 motorbikes and a Tiger Moth biplane in all their glory.

The upcoming Scramble will be the first for a new Bicester Heritage specialist, The MG Automobile Company, which will open its doors for the first time. Specialising in pre-War MG parts, it is a must visit for any MG enthusiast.

Hagerty International will host its fifth live Valuation Arena at the event, allowing classic car owners to have their vehicle assessed by a team of experts who photograph the car and provide a valuation certificate. It costs just £15 and all proceeds going to charity.

Finest Hour Experiences will be offering the chance to head up to the skies in a stunning Tiger Moth aeroplane for a trial flying lesson provided that the weather is fine and that the warmest clothes are worn!

The first Sunday Scramble of the year also gives visitors the chance to sample the charming dereliction of the unrestored buildings of the former RAF base before Bicester Heritage rolls out its fourth phase of restoration. Over 70% of the site has been carefully restored and reactivated for modern commercial use so far, using 1930s British Standard colours, period correct brickwork and roof tiles.

The completion of phase four means an extra 30,000 square feet of workshop, office and engineering space effectively bringing the majority of the historic Technical Site to completion.