Neglected for the best part of 40 years, the former RAF Bicester had laid almost dormant since its days of WW2 bomber station duties.

However, in 2013, the dilapidated 348-acre site began a new lease of life as Bicester Heritage – the UK’s only centre for historic motoring excellence.

Refurbished and restored, with more than just a few licks of ‘30s British Standard colour palette paint, the 19 listed red brick buildings, hangers, tree-lined avenues and active airfield, now provide an authentic period setting for industry specialists, vehicle owners, enthusiasts and visitors alike to meet, share their passions and immerse themselves in a bygone age – complete with all the sights, sounds and smells.

With a sea of shining bodywork as far as the eye can see, this third annual flagship event really is a petrolhead’s paradise.

With almost every motoring marque represented it’s near impossible to pick a dream ride home. At a push, I’d plump for a gleaming ‘60s Jaguar E-Type…or would it be a blood red Ferrari? One thing is for sure, like all speed freaks, my veins were pumping with high-octane fuel. It’s a unique event in many ways – not least in it’s ability to make grown guys (and girls) sigh.

Joining established players such as Silverstone Classic and Goodwood’s Revival, Flywheel aims to combine not just motoring, but aviation and military endeavour too. From the tyre-squealing action as veteran competition vehicles do their thing on the track to recreation dogfights in the blue skies above and grass-churning army hardware displaying all its might on the infield – including a 1971 Alvis Scorpion tank showing just what it’s capable of regardless of the muddy surface under its tracks.

Thankfully, the mud wasn’t an issue elsewhere as jam sandwiches and a good ol’ cuppa were enjoyed on tartan rugs all around the Watch Tower – accompanied by a tuneful trip back in time from The Candy Girls. And, located in the vintage funfair, one much-loved entertainment still shows how skilled motorcyclists defy gravity on a vertical wooden wall. Built in late 1920s USA, the Demon Drome nearly ended its life 60 years later in Skegness before being restored to its former glory. This Wall of Death now continues to thrill spectators of all ages (including me) and is a fitting finale to a fun-filled family day.

Dedicated to the future of the past, Bicester Heritage is on the cusp of something truly special – right here in our county. For your next opportunity for a sneak peak inside this unique petrol-fuelled ecosystem, jot October 1st’s Sunday Scramble in your diary now.