My excitement built as I began to spot other scramblers making the pilgrimage to the first Sunday Scramble of 2019.
There was a convoy of Porsches, I even tried racing one off a roundabout (I lost). Then a mint Dolomite Sprint comfortably and slightly surprisingly cruised past as we made our way to Bicester Heritage for the event.
It was an early rise to get to the former RAF base for the 9am start, but as the sun broke through the murky left overs from the night before, my lack of sleep was quickly forgotten.
Without even getting out of the car my petrolhead cravings had been satisfied, the car park was a wash with rare, unusual and beautiful cars.
As I walked through the gates, I quickly realised just how special the event was. It’s not every morning that you’re greeted by the sight of a huge pre-war Bentley clattering over a kerb before being casually left, presumably parked, under a tree.
This set the tone for the rest of the day. As I wandered around the old air force base it was hard to know where to look.
In front of a nicely run-down building there was a stunning Mini joined by an ever-awkward looking Marcos. Further rotation of your neck would reveal a line of various 911s, then a perfect 356 and then a Hillman Imp.
The sheer variety of cars dotted around the architecture in a seemingly random, yet deeply satisfying way was a wonder and this was reflected in the atmosphere of the place, it was buzzing.
There was truly something for everybody. Looking past some old Americana you’d spot the distinctively angular shape of an Aventador and next to the line for coffee, a 600LT sat looking ready to set a new lap record around the 420-acre site.
Multiple car clubs attended the event and were parked up in a sperate area of the car park. Personally, I wasn’t that interested in this, but should anyone prefer their car shows to come in designated sections, it would no doubt add to the experience.
Bicester Heritage isn’t just used for shows, it is also a hub for car related businesses and for the Scramble some opened their doors to the public. This allowed us to catch a glimpse of what goes on when the site isn’t swarmed with enthusiasts.
It appears that Bicester heritage are succeeding in their ‘plan to create the UK’s principal destination for anyone who wants to experience motor cars from all eras, including the future.’ I’ve got my eyes glued to the website as I’m keen to attend more events at this glorious venue.