Gallery: Bicester Heritage’s excellent Flywheel festival of old cars and planes


Gallery: Bicester Heritage’s excellent Flywheel festival of old cars and planes

Celebrating Bicester’s 10th anniversary was a cavalcade of stone-cold classics

Paul HorrellPublished: 20 Jun 2023  External link to Top Gear Magazine Subscription – 5 issues for £5Skip 23 photos in the image carousel and continue reading1 / 23

If you like anything petrol-powered and classic, Bicester Heritage was the place to be last weekend. The Flywheel festival was a huge gathering to celebrate the venue’s 10th anniversary.

As usual for Bicester events, the cars were a wonderful eclectic collection, with no room for snobbishness. If you mix a Blower Bentley with a McLaren F1, or a load of rally Escorts with a Mk2 Crayford Cortina convertible, well you get a fraction of the variety.

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Around 100 of them sprinted around the figure-of-eight track, while classic planes buzzed the sky.

Bicester Heritage is a WW2 bomber base near Oxford, its hangars and command buildings now revived and converted into classic-car workshops and associated businesses. It has become a vibrant hub for the hobby.

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Bicester regularly hosts themed classic-car gatherings at the weekends, but this happy all-comers blend was surely the best of the lot.

Click through for a gallery of some of’s random faves and impressions.

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Photography: Paul Horrell

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