The Flywheel Heritage Festival
Location: BICESTER HERITAGE Buckingham Road Bicester Oxfordshire OX27 8AL,
Cynics who claim that nostalgia isn’t what it used to be may have to revise that notion if they head to Bicester Heritage site next month.
That’s because the Flywheel Heritage Festival (July 2-3) promises some of the best in historic military, aviation and motoring endeavours.
Where else could you see 100 hand-selected competition cars and motorbikes in action and enjoy a tank ride?
More than 12,000 people are expected to descend on the Oxfordshire site for the weekend.
Sir Stirling Moss, his cars, and all things motors
For years a popular refrain of traffic policemen to speeding motorists was: “Who do you think you are - Stirling Moss?”
The festival will give you the chance to meet the actual man himself. Yes, Sir Stirling Moss, 86 years young and indisputably one of Britain’s all-time F1 racing legends, will be on hand both days to sign autographs.
You’ll also be able to see some of the cars most synonymous with him, including the iconic Jaguar C-type. Moss won the French Grand Prix in Reims 64 years ago in the stunning Jag pictured here.
Jostling for centre stage will be an array of classic automotive gold, from competition cars to vintage Bentleys; from D-type Jags to beautiful Bugattis.
Bike fans will swoon at a twin-cam racer dating back to 1924, courtesy of Harley-Davidson. An Ariel Model E, complete with a manual gearbox (1928), and James trials model (1953) should also turn bikers’ heads.
Classic commercial vehicles and buses will add to the mix, which spans through a variety of ages.
Don’t leave without…
• Checking out the Footman James classic car insurance stand: See what the latest deals are first hand and have a look at all the classic memorabilia on display
• Enjoying the aircraft displays: Over 30 planes will be on show, including the Yakovlev YAK-50, Spitfire MH434 and P-51 D Mustang. You can also go for a flight in a Tiger Moth or look skywards for the RAF military fly-pasts
• Sampling the other entertainment: This includes a tank ride, fun fair, live music and a re-enactment of the Dad’s Army-like Bicester Home Guard
Adult tickets cost £23 in advance per day with weekend passes going for £41. Children (5-15 years) get in for £7 and £12 for one and two days respectively. Children aged four and under go free. 10am-6pm.