Race car theme brings packed-out Bicester Heritage for March Assembly
Motorsport UK welcomes Scramblers into its HQ
Vintage Velos moves to Hangar 113 for April’s event
Scramblers, the official membership club of Bicester Heritage, marked the start of the race season with a sold-out competition-themed gathering on Sunday 26 March featuring hundreds of cars despite the inclement weather.
The Motorsport Assembly brought together genuine World Rally Championship cars, brilliant homages, plus homologation specials and race-inspired road cars with a capacity attendance. It is the second time the monthly coffee mornings have sold out in 2023, following Japanese January at the start of the year.
Motorsport UK, whose headquarters is based in the Command Works, opened its doors and displayed the BAR 006 from the Prodrive heritage collection as well as the Streetcar MINI that promotes grassroots motorsport up and down the country.
Auction partner Collecting Cars returned once more with its evocative Audi Sport-liveried Toyota GR Yaris and Motor Spirit began its Scramblers link-up with an unmissable display. A rugged, lifted Land Rover was joined by young karter Alfie Allen to show the breadth of the newly renamed company’s offering.
The prime display spot alongside the Wriggly Monkey Brewery was handed over to Tommi Mäkinen’s final WRC car, the Prodrive Subaru Impreza he drove to third at the 2003 Wales Rally GB.
All sorts of motorsport-themed cars lined the damp Bicester Heritage avenues, from Rover 200 BRM to modern supercars and genuine club race and rally cars.
Scramblers will be looking back for the next Assembly on Sunday 30 April, with bicycling manufacturers-turned-car makers on display for Vintage Velos along with any car-carrying bikes – new or old.
A social ride route will also be running around the site, Trek Bicester is hosting a ride-out to the event from its shop, and a cyclo-jumble will be in Hangar 113.
Tickets cost £5 per person from scramblers.bicesterheritage.co.uk/shop, with free passes for Merlin and Pegasus members.