Four thousand avid motoring enthusiasts journeyed to Bicester Heritage to enjoy some spectacular wonders of the automotive world, right here in the UK. Globally-renowned, Los Angeles-based online classic car publication Petrolicious chose to hold its first European event at the former RAF base following the success of another Stateside export Luftgehkult held at Bicester Heritage last year.
Over 4,000 visitors were spoilt for choice across the site, with myriad motoring marvels too plentiful to list in full. The grounds of Bicester Heritage in the former RAF-Technical Site were curated with a carefully selected array of historic and modern vehicles, with many of racing’s most historic competitors in attendance, with the likes of the Audi Sport Quattro S1, Ford S2000 and a line-up of WRC Imprezas – including an ex-works Colin McRae car. Williams also brought along a vintage Marlboro F1 transporter with not one, but two Formula One cars – the championship-winning FW11B and the FW07.
Endurance Legends were celebrated with the likes of the Le Mans class winning Aston Martin DBR9 and astonishing Porsche 996 RSR, an Alpine Dynasty display drew great crowds with examples old and new of the recently revised marque, and 100 years of inimitable design house Zagato was marked in fitting style. A flock of Ferraris including 275 GTB, F40, F12 TDF and even the Mondial QV lined up by the hangars, while Alfa Romeo Avenue was a similar display of Italian flair. With gasser-style hot rods, a superb example of a Citroen XM and a Volvo 262C Bertone complete with Chevrolet V8 engine swap contained in close proximity, the line up was extensive, varied and bathed in glorious British sunshine.
Timing Partner Bremont hosted an incredible display of the Jaguar D-Type as they launched their latest collaboration with the British marque. With just 300 pieces of the limited edition being made, the new model of Bremont is a rare one indeed. Morgan Motor Company displayed its latest range of hand-built British sportscars in Hangar 113 (the vast events space at Bicester Heritage) alongside the underpinnings of its upcoming model, revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show – the Plus Six. Singer also brought the test-mule for its ‘DLS’ Porsche 911, along with one of the car’s most important test-drivers – Marino Franchitti. Visitors were also able to experience screenings of Petrolicious films past and present, guest artwork and motoring interviews throughout the day.
Bicester’s on-site specialists were out in force at last week’s event, opening their doors and showcasing the latest services and products to grace the buildings of the former RAF base. Classic car specialists Robert Glover Ltd drew a crowd with the 1923 Bequet Delage, Pendine with an Aston Martin DBR4, and pre-war Riley and MG experts Blue Diamond Services displayed some of their stunning projects and current stock. Fuzz Townshend Classic Oils, Auto Wax Works, Kingsbury Racing Shop, REEF, Porsche Classic Life all warmly welcomed guests, while the on-site Wriggly Monkey Brewery were serving their cool beer to all those in need of refreshment from the hot spring sun.
Dan Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, commented: “We are delighted that Bicester Heritage was anointed as the location for the inaugural Petrolicious Drivers’ Meeting, a great honour. We were delighted to be part of the relaxed vibe and home to an innovative gathering of next generation historic motoring devotees”