The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start

The Classic Car Drive in Weekend got off to a flying start last weekend at Bicester Heritage. The inaugural event, organised by the team behind the London Classic Car, welcomed over 8,000 petrolheads to the wonderful backdrop that is the former WW2 RAF base on the edge of the ancient Roman town of Bicester.

The four day weekends action kicked off on the Friday with 1,000 automobiles of all ages going on display at the old airfield. Visitors were treated to a brilliant array of car clubs from across the UK and surrounding areas. Due to the ongoing COVID restrictions for public events, all display cars were spread out across the airfield, which allowed owners and ticket goers to move freely and keep to social distancing rules.

The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
There was a great variety of marques on display at Bicester Heritage
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
Including this very nice 1965 Bristol 409 on the Bristol Owners Club stand

Also attending the inaugural The Classic Car Drive in Weekend was the Waterloo Classics Car Club. On display was club founder Darren Sullivan Vince’s BMW 502 V8, Take to the Road’s own Vauxhall Viceroy, the one of a kind WB Special and of course the Unipower GT, which was featured earlier this year.

The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The Waterloo Classics Car Club had some of the rarest classic cars in the UK on display on the Friday
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
This fantastic WB Special is the only one in existance

Along with the fine selection of car clubs and exhibitors, visitors had the opportunity to browse the impressive catalogue of motors that were auctioned that weekend by Bonhams MPH. There were cars to suit all tastes and budgets, from restoration projects to high end collector cars. More than £1m lots went under the hammer in Hanger 113, making it a very successful weekend for Bonhams.

The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
There was a fantastic array of cars up for action at Bicester Heritage

The centre piece display over the weekend however was the live action that took place on Bicester Heritage’s own test track. Motorpsort fans were treated to a fantastic spectacle with over 60 motorsport icons revving up for hot laps around the circuit. It was a superb live display, with vintage racers and historic Grand Prix cars in action.

The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The 1976 Triumph Dolomite touring car waits in the paddock
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The fantastic 1965 Lola T20 Mk2 resting in the shade
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The 1929 Menasco Pirate makes it way to the start line



The paddock was a hive of activity as drivers and their mechanics prepared the cars for demonstration sessions. Visitors were able to wander through the paddock and admire these rare racers up close, all whilst maintaining the required social distancing.

The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
Admiring the Maserati 250F
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
Grant William’s with his famous Jagaur Mk1 “BUY 1” racer

Plus there was a special tribute to rally legend Colin McRae who became the first British driver to lift the World Rally Championship title exactly 25 years ago in 1995. A total of 5 Subaru rally cars that were driven by the late rally legend were on display, with each one driven in anger around the track. The sight and sound of these legendary Subaru’s in action really was something else and it was a fitting tribute to the achievements of Colin McRae.

The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The Colin McRae tribute display really was very special
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
Flying round the track as only a Subaru Impreza WRC rally car can
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The Subaru display on track was a real treat for fans
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
Giving some beans into the corner

Continuing with the rally theme were a pair of bonkers Audi Quattro rally cars, which tore up the track over the weekend. The whoosh of the turbos and the squeal of tyres made onlookers grin with glee as they raced round the track. Which, as you can imagine, didn’t take them very long to get round!



The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The mighty 1985 Audi Quattro S1 E2 monster
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
An insane 400BHP track weapon
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
Followed by more equally impressive Audi Quattro action
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
One could watch these tear up the track all day
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
It was great to see the 1983 Lancia 037 EV02 Group B in action
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
It was quite a handful on track as one would expect from a bonkers Lancia Group B rally car

Spectators were also treated to fantastic live demonstrations from a wonderful mix of vintage and classic racers, with many of the cars regular competitors on the historic racing calendar.



The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The fantastic 1930 Bugatti Type 35B in action
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
Getting the lean on as it powers into the corner
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The BUY 1 Jaguar was also getting the lean on
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
And of course it cocked its wheel in style as only Grant can do
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
This Ford Escort added more bonkers rally action to the live demos
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
And they can cock a wheel too just for fun!

The GPBox Vintage Car Memorabilia Collection

After a very long and difficult summer it really was a very special weekend at Bicester Heritage. It was the perfect opportunity for owners and drivers to blow of some steam on the track, plus it was a rare day out for enthusiasts who relished the opportunity to see rare racers in action in what is very likely to be one of the last live events on the motoring calendar. The organisers of the The Classic Car Drive in Weekend are to be congratulated for staging such a successful event in very challenging circumstances.

The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The 1958 Lister-Chevrolet Knobbly waiting patiently to head out on track
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The 1951 Jaguar C-Type powering through the corner



The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The 1953 Austin Healey 100 in action
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
The flag has come down on this years event…
The Classic Car Drive in Weekend off to a flying start
But we are already looking forward to 2021!

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