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Classic Sports Car - - News - ALAS­TAIR CLE­MENTS Editor in chief, Clas­sic & Sports Car

There’s some­thing par­tic­u­larly spe­cial about an old car with an ap­pro­pri­ate back­drop. We could have shot this month’s Mercedes 300SL ‘Gull­wing’ fea­ture (p138) any­where, but for­mer editor James Page was adamant that it had to be at the for­mer RAF sta­tion at Green­ham Com­mon. The aban­doned nu­clear mis­sile si­los and crack­ing con­crete of this Cold War-era base gave the per­fect at­mos­phere for Tony Baker’s won­der­ful pho­tog­ra­phy of a car whose first home was on the other side of the Iron Curtain.

An­other Bri­tish base that was also long ne­glected – but is now very ac­tive once again – brought this to mind in early Oc­to­ber. I’ve been mean­ing to get to one of the Bices­ter Her­itage Sun­day Scram­bles ever since they be­gan four years ago, but some­how fate had con­spired against me and un­til the fi­nal event of this year I hadn’t man­aged to make it.

Boy, have I been miss­ing out. The com­bi­na­tion is just about ideal: one of the most var­ied col­lec­tions of cars I’ve had the pleasure to view, min­gling with the his­toric build­ings and leafy av­enues of the re­stored Bices­ter Tech­ni­cal Site – with the bonus of its knowl­edge­able and en­thu­si­as­tic res­i­dents open­ing their work­shop doors to share their lat­est projects. And all ac­com­pa­nied by a de­light­ful, re­laxed at­mos­phere, in which en­thu­si­asts can sim­ply get to­gether and talk about the things they love best: the cars. Per­fect!

“My favourite de­tail is the di­als. I love time­pieces, and the crafts­man­ship is on the level of the Swiss watch­mak­ers”

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