AFTER 18 months, car fanatics were able to return to Bicester Heritage’s popular scramble event at the weekend.

The motor site threw open its gates on Saturday and Sunday to welcome up to 4,000 guests per day united by a love of cars.

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Vehicles ranged from priceless racing cars to cult classics and covered the 20-acre pre-WW2 RAF Technical Site.

A carefully designed new format meant a much smaller attendance, with more space ensuring that it adhered to government guidelines.

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Many new on-site specialists, The Little Car Company, Electrogenic, Howden Insurance, Morgan Motor Company, Singer Vehicle Design, and Sky Wave Gin put on a show for guests, as did the event partners, Hagerty UK, Bremont, StarterMotor and Motorsport UK.

Visitors were treated to a special celebration on the event’s ‘loop lawn’ which involved two cars and the family of a legendary racing driver.

An original ‘Blower Bentley’ was presented by Bentley Motors Limited. Acknowledged as the most famous, and most valuable Bentley, it was campaigned by Sir Henry Ralph Stanley ‘Tim’ Birkin and competed in a number of high-profile races, including the 1930 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Joining the famous Blower on the Saturday were relatives of Mr Birkin, including his grandson and great grandson, who visited the event with their own 1927 3/4.5 litre Bentley.

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Bicester resident Cayah Benjamin was amazed by the cars that were on site. He said: “What a weekend it was. There were so many nice cars there. I was at the entrance on the Help for Heroes stand so I got to see them coming in and got to sit in a few. “It was absolutely amazing.”

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The new Bicester Heritage Members Club ‘Scramblers’ was also launched over the weekend, giving members access to curated media, advanced tickets and exclusive themed events.

‘Scramblers’ enjoy stories about car culture through the lens of on-site specialists as they build and support the future for historic motoring.

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Enthusiasts can register to join for free membership at Details of future scramble events this year will be announced soon.

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