Bicester Heritage to host more than 100 competition cars


More than 100 competition classics are poised to flock to the third annual Flywheel Festival, which takes place at Bicester Heritage on 24-25 June.

The celebration of motorsport will include everything from chain-driven Edwardian monsters to vintage Bentleys and iconic Le Mans Jaguars, many of which will take to the venue’s specially designed demonstration track. 

Among the jewel’s in Flywheel’s crown is Julian Grimwade’s 1934 Frazer Nash ‘Norris Special’. The car is an exercise in longevity, having competed in more than 450 events and achieving more than 150 wins or first in class recognitions. The feat is all the more impressive considering the car is still fitted with the original Alvis engine dating back to 1948. 

Tom Purves’ 1958 Triumph TR3A will be taking part in the Flywheel demonstrations for the second consecutive year. In addition to outings at Bicester, the car is a former winner of countless concours, sprint, hillclimb and rally competitions. 

Simon Evans’ 1953 Allard J2X Le Mans is set to make one of its first post-rebuild appearances at the show, giving visitors a rare opportunity to see one of the striking sports cars in action: just 11 were ever built. 

"Over the past two years, we've worked hard to deliver an atmosphere that really sets this event apart," said director Richard Grafton. "Flywheel is now firmly-established in the UK's classic calendar because of the quality of cars, motorcycles and aircraft it attracts. Complemented by the spectacular Bicester Heritage setting, visitors can get close to the action in the open-access paddock and stand trackside as hundreds of classic cars, motorcycles and aircraft demonstrate their prowess.”

Photos: Chris Byrne

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