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Bicester packs in the classics for its final meet of 2018
The surroundings of Bicester Heritage’s former World War Two airfield might be familiar enough at this event – now in its fourth year – but the metal on show is never repetitive. There’s just always something that you’ve never seen before that crawls its way out for the Oxfordshire event – classics on show last weekend included a Chrysler Valiant, Innocenti Coupé and Hustler Four.
That’s not to say that the Scramble is just for aficionados – some exceptionally ordinary-yet-now-rare classics turned out for the event; we couldn’t find a single 205 GTI yet there was virtually every other 205 variant on show.
The presence of the Porschedominated Dick Lovett’s Cylinder Club in the main hangar, as well as the growing number of Stuttgart specialists setting up shop at the airfield, also seems to have encouraged a bumper crop of Porsche devotees this time round as well, with Porsche Club GB’s area having moved to the edge of the meet so it didn’t absorb the whole event.
That’s not to say the scramble has lost touch with its roots, however; for every six-figure 911, there was a rough and ready 924 with its interior stripped out and a pair of bucket seats thrown in! Charlie Calderwood
The wide variety of classics taking part in last Sunday’s meet included this 1971 Volkswagen 1600TA Fastback and 1998 Mini Cooper.
Chaz Mallard and his 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 arrived in convoy to the Bicester Scramble with a GT500-driving friend.
Alex Robbins’ 1988 BMW 635CSi was among the modern classics taking part in last weekend’s gathering at Bicester Heritage.
Paul and Emma Jewson, plus 1968 Spitfire.