Have you been to Bicester Heritage
yet? If you’re a car, motorcycle or aircraft enthusiast, you really should.
Formerly RAF Bicester, this atmospheric
and exquisitely photogenic Oxfordshire site is the best preserved of Britain’s
pre-war bomber bases, and is rapidly being developed into an important centre
for the enjoyment, preservation and storage of vintage and classic machinery. Among
a diverse programme of events is the quarterly Sunday Brunch Scramble, based
around the Scramble Cafe, where enthusiasts and specialists gather to share
The next Sunday Scramble will be held on April 26, and
Rally Round is very pleased to be taking part. Promoting November’s Thunder Dragon Rally to Bhutan, Rally Director Liz
Wenman will be bringing her ex-works Triumph TR2 ‘PDU20’, the car in which Maurice Gatsonides and Rob Slotemaker
won a Coupe des Alpes on the 1954 Alpine Rally and which Liz recently drove on the VCRR Tour of Wessex. Regular
competitor and assistant on the Bhutan recce, Barbara Shooter will also be there
with her stunning rosso corsa Bristol 401 (below), which will join the display of cars gathered
for The Bristol Owners’ Club HeritageTrust meeting later in the day.
It was actually at
the Sunday Brunch Scramble in August last year that Barbara was so impressed by
a bright blue Bristol 400 that she set out the very next day to buy a 401 of
her own. The car she found was in decent condition but has since been professionally
restored by Rally Round’s Chief Mechanic Charlie McGowan in preparation for a variety
of exciting overseas adventures.
No fewer than 460 historic cars have already pre-registered for April’s Sunday Scramble
and 1,300 visitors are expected; the doors open at 9am and tickets cost a very
reasonable £5.50 including booking fee – you can buy them here.