Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage is one of the must-do events on the classic car enthusiast’s social calendar. It may be a 4.45am start and 224-mile round trip for us, but this event is well worth the effort!
Our last trip to Sunday Scramble was in October 2019, in the times prior to Covid (remember those?), and of course given the restrictions we’ve all got used to living with, you have to expect events to look slightly different to what they did before. Yes, the first Sunday Scramble of this year did have a different look and layout, but the atmosphere and buzz that we all love was still there. In fact, we may even go as far as saying it was the biggest turn out of classic cars and visitors that we have experienced at this event.
Part of the charm of Sunday Scramble is the cars lining the internal roadways of this former WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station, interspersed between the heritage restoration and engineering works which are based at the technical site. This year saw mostly curated displays inside the main enclosure. The supercar display outside the Hangers was quite a sight and it was great to see a few hotrods dotted in between. Classic and iconic Porsches were grouped together outside one of the Porsche works businesses, as were the fine selection of early Bentleys. We were particularly drawn to the Ford Model Y stocker displayed with the Heritage Skills Academy. In fact, we were quite taken aback when one of the young apprentices, who had seen us looking around the car with interest, approached us and offered to take us out for a drive in the car. What a great way to get young people interested in classic cars!
So, what were our event highlights?
The best of show for us had to be the stunning pale blue Porsche 356 Speedster complete with a vintage suitcase on the luggage bar covered with nostalgic European travel stickers – if you were wanting to meander through the French countryside, this is the car to do it in. For adventures closer to home, we’d pick the restomodded 1968 Volvo Amazon 221 estate with fold-back sunroof; and just for pure fun, what about driving the 1934 Frazer-Nash Norris Special with a 4-speed chain gearbox around a historic racetrack!
Sunday Scramble is sure to be back later this year so do keep an eye out for details, it’s well worth the drive.
Enjoy the photos!