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The Fed­er­a­tion of His­toric Bri­tish Ve­hi­cles Clubs’ an­nual Drive It Day kicked off in fine style on 22 April with a huge gath­er­ing of en­thu­si­asts and ma­chines for a spe­cial Sun­day Scram­ble at Bicester Her­itage, where a record 6000 peo­ple passed through the gates.

The former bomber sta­tion was swamped by more than 1000 clas­sic and vin­tage ve­hi­cles, which flooded the net­work of roads and spilled out onto the ex­pan­sive grass air­field. In ex­cess of 45 car clubs made the trip, with one of the most im­pres­sive dis­plays com­ing courtesy of the Jaguar En­thu­si­asts’ Club. ‘Green God­dess’ fire en­gines drew plenty of at­ten­tion, as did a Lam­borgh­ini LM002 that proved a par­tic­u­lar hit with younger vis­i­tors.

On-site spe­cial­ists got into the spirit of the event, open­ing their doors to the pub­lic and swelling the num­ber of dis­play cars. Newly ar­rived Porsche spe­cial­ist Sports Pur­pose (see p214), wowed vis­i­tors with a Lan­cia Aure­lia B20 ‘Out­law’ plus a se­lec­tion of 356s and 911s, while 2010 and 2017 Mercedes For­mula One cars and a gath­er­ing of other rare three-pointed stars in­clud­ing a 450SEL 6.9, a 560SEC and a 300SL ‘Gull­wing’ im­pressed at the re­cently opened Mercedes­benz Motorsport Centre.

Mean­while, Kings­bury Rac­ing Shop showed off its restora­tion of a Bent­ley Speed Six Saloon, which ben­e­fited from a full me­chan­i­cal over­haul while at the same time re­tain­ing its in­cred­i­bly orig­i­nal in­te­rior and pati­nated paint­work. Robert Glover’s brand-new show­room in the Mo­tor Trans­port Yard was open to the pub­lic for the first time, lay­ing on a dis­play of pre-war Alfa Romeos and a stun­ning 1936 Lagonda LG45 (p251).

Bicester Her­itage also wel­comed around 100 clas­sics from Hagerty’s Drive It Day Tour (p204), which be­gan at Jaguar Land Rover Clas­sic Works in Ry­ton-on-dun­smore be­fore fol­low­ing a tulip-style road­book dur­ing the 2½-hour drive to the Ox­ford­shire air­base.

“Sun­day’s Scram­ble was the best yet – a fit­ting mile­stone for Bicester Her­itage’s fifth an­niver­sary,” said man­ag­ing direc­tor Dan Geoghe­gan. “Not only were we able to wel­come more than 6000 vis­i­tors

and some 1000 clas­sic ve­hi­cles to Bicester Her­itage, but also the lat­est new spe­cial­ists. Best of all, the at­mos­phere was both laid-back and in­clu­sive.”

Else­where in the coun­try, thou­sands of clas­sics took to the roads for Drive It Day, with sev­eral key events also mark­ing the an­niver­sary of the 1000 Mile Trial. More than 300 en­trants took part in the Char­ity Clas­sic Ve­hi­cle Club’s Great War Rally, its eighth Drive It Day fundraiser. Crews left Sut­ton Hall, Rochford at two-minute in­ter­vals, fol­low­ing tulip-style notes through the Es­sex coun­try­side be­fore ar­riv­ing at Stow Maries Great War Aero­drome, the 1916 home of B Flight No 37 Squadron. In ad­di­tion to rais­ing £5000 for char­ity, the run at­tracted a wide va­ri­ety of clas­sics in­clud­ing a 1949 Austin At­lantic drop­head and, one of the old­est to take part, a 1913 Sun­beam 12-16.

Stick­ing with the mil­i­tary theme, the Alfa Romeo Own­ers’ Club UK de­scended on the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum at Dux­ford on 22 April, with as many as 600 cars on show rang­ing from the post-war years right through to the lat­est Stelvio SUV tak­ing to the apron. A stand­out dis­play came courtesy of the club’s 105/115 Gi­u­lia group, which gath­ered no fewer than 50 ex­am­ples in­clud­ing Frank St Ge­orge’s 1300 TI saloon, Peter Vaughan’s orig­i­nal 2000 GTV and Bar­rie Watts’ S4 Spi­der. Ian Jeph­cott’s painstak­ingly re­stored 2000 Ber­lina was a real treat, too.

In ad­di­tion to the many regis­ter dis­plays, at­ten­dees could en­joy watch­ing spir­ited fly­ing demon­stra­tions from a Spit­fire and a Har­vard, as well as Dux­ford’s res­i­dent De Hav­il­land Dragon Rapide.

Fur­ther south, the Head­corn Clas­sic Car Meet held its se­cond an­nual gath­er­ing at Head­corn Aero­drome, near Ash­ford in Kent. The former WW2 site, which is now pri­vately owned and is home to the Lashen­den Air War­fare Mu­seum, played host to more than 100 clas­sic and vin­tage ve­hi­cles. Th­ese in­cluded a rak­ish Chevro­let Bis­cayne and a smart Ford Con­sul Clas­sic, each fin­ished in a sim­i­lar shade of red and rep­re­sent­ing a sim­i­lar de­sign theme, al­beit from op­po­site sides of the At­lantic.

‘The Great War Rally at­tracted a wide range of clas­sics and raised £5000 for char­ity’

Above: sev­eral ‘Green God­dess’ fire en­gines turned heads at Bicester Be­low: this Lambo LM002 was an­other star of the 22 April Sun­day Scram­ble

Clock­wise from top: F40 in the sun at Bicester Her­itage; 1913 Sun­beam was one of the old­est Great War Rally en­trants; im­pres­sive turnout at Dux­ford; Ford Con­sul at Head­corn; Rolls-royce and ‘Bull­nose’ at Stow Maries

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