Drive It Day is a wonderful celebration uniting cherished vehicles owners and promoting all that is good about our British motoring heritage. So, after last year’s low-key Drive It Day, it was great to see this year’s event take a much more encompassing approach. Events and drive outs took place up and down the country, including at venues such as Brookland’s Motor Museum, the Rootes Archive Centre Trust, and at Bicester Heritage. The latter of which was our roving reporters base for the day.
Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage has certainly become a firm favourite on the classic car owners’ social calendar over the years. So, with the added benefit of coinciding with Drive It Day, April’s Sunday Scramble felt more nostalgic than usual.
The well-oiled format of Sunday Scramble is part of this events appeal. Even though we have been going for several years now, the displays of vintage vehicles, classic cars and supercars casually lining the roadways of this reimagined heritage site never cease to excite. After refueling with a delicious brioche bacon roll and a barrister coffee, we wandered around the vehicles and mooched in and out of the engineering and restoration workshops soaking up the octane-tinged atmosphere. Outside, the show continued with more interesting and unusual vehicles parked around the edge of the airfield.
With so many outstanding vehicles on display, it’s hard to shortlist our favorites! But to give you a glimpse of the day, here’s a quick roundup of the vehicles that we were particularly drawn to. Top of the list would be the stunningly restored cream 1937 Lancia Aprilia. As one of the first cars to be designed using a wind tunnel, Lancia Aprilia’s of this condition are a rare find. Next on the list, we were drawn to a couple of commercial vehicles. The 1954 Ford Pilot van was an outstanding example of a classic commercial, and the 1975 blue Bedford van is a true retro survivor. From commercial vehicles to estates, we would have loved to have driven home in the green 1968 Audi 80 Variant. Finally, the turquoise 1973 Daimler Double Six nestled amongst the trees captured the whole essence of this fabulous event.
Sunday Scramble will be back later this year so do keep an eye out for details, it’s well worth the drive.
Enjoy the photos!