10 things to see at The Classic & Sports Car Show

| 20 Jun 2018

The final countdown is on! There are just a few days left until The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel kicks off – and you don’t want to miss out.

Our show, at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire this weekend (Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June), is packed with things to do. And it looks like we might get decent weather, too.

Of course we’ve got a wonderful selection of classic cars – and we’d love to you to bring yours. Plus you’ll see classic motorbikes, historic aircraft and tanks and lots more, including our very special guest, Derek Bell.

Scroll down for our list of 10 things to make sure you see at the Show – and if you haven't already done so, don't forget to buy tickets here!

1. Watch this Aston Martin DBR4 and other automotive legends on the Demonstration track


There are so many incredible cars taking to the track at The C&SC Show that we couldn't possibly list them all here; instead, you can read a full preview of the track action here.

However, we will pull out just a few highlights for you – starting with the car you see above. This 1959 Aston Martin DBR4 competed in Formula 1 races in 1959 and lived an eventful life thereafter. It's now been fully restored and will be raced at the weekend.

There's also a 1926 Bentley that competed at Le Mans, the awesome (and hugely successful) Norris Special and the 1950 HWM Stovebolt Special – a car that starred in a Hollywood film and is now owned by C&SC's own Simon Taylor.

Another sight to look out for is drummer, TV presenter and classic-car fanatic Fuzz Townshend behind the wheel of the spectacular 1920s Fafnir Hall-Scott Special, while Derek Bell will be taking to the track in a classic Porsche. Speaking of which…


Racing titans take to the track at The C&SC Show

2. Meet Derek Bell MBE!


The five-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner will be the Guest of Honour at the Show on Saturday, and will drive a glorious 1965 short-wheelbase Porsche 911 on the demonstration track.

The motorsport legend will also be signing copies of his upcoming new book, Derek Bell: All My Porsche Races, on the Classic & Sports Car stand – so be sure to pop along and say hi.


Derek Bell to star at The C&SC Show

3. Marvel at the cars in the Flywheel Concours – and vote in the People's Concours


There'll be two separate concours competitions taking place at The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel, and both will be unmissable.

The Flywheel Concours will feature specially selected vehicles – from supercars and rally cars to stars of the silver screen – in five different classes, and all are sure to be worth checking out.

The People's Concours, meanwhile, is all about the cars brought in by the many classic car clubs exhibiting at the Show.

You'll get to vote for your favourite car from each display, with the winners then competing for the inaugural David Evans Trophy, named in tribute to our long-serving and much-missed car clubs liaison, who tragically passed away earlier this year. 


Could your car be the star of our Show?

4. Look up to the skies for some air-based thrills


The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel is as much about aircraft as it is about cars, and a host of magnificent flying machines will be putting on breathtaking displays over the course of the weekend.

You'll be able to watch one of the only two remaining airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world in a full-on air display, alongside a Spitfire and Hurricane, with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and there'll also be a WW1 dogfight featuring the likes of the Sopwith and Fokker Dr1 triplane.


My flight in a WW1 plane over Bicester Heritage

    5. Buy your new car at the Brightwells auction


    Whether you're looking to buy your first classic car or merely want to add to your collection, Brightwells' Bicester Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles auction looks like a must. There are 100 lots up for grabs in total, ranging from a pristine Jaguar E-type with less than 2000 miles on the clock to a rare 1954 Bentley Countryman and a unique 1974 Ford Capri Uren Stampede.

    We particularly like the look of the car you see above: a 1986 AC 3000ME in tip-top shape.

    There'll also be a dedicated Private Sales Paddock at the Show, in which you can pick up a bargain – or sell your own classic. Further details here.


    Our 10 favourite cars at Brightwells' C&SC Show auction

    6. Get up close to the military machines


    We'll have a wealth of military machines on show at the, er, Show, with the big stars being the tanks. A giant Sherman tank will be taking part in the displays, as will a Grant tank that was once a test-target vehicle – you can count the bullet holes in it, if you like. You'll even be able to take a passenger ride in a Jaguar E-type-engined Spartan reconnaissance tank.


    Military displays at The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel

    7. Meet the specialists


    Bicester Heritage is of course more than just the location for the Show – it's also a world-renowned hub for all classic car-related specialists, dealers and enthusiasts.

    The immaculately-restored Technical Site – the former RAF Bicester – will be open throughout the weekend, and many of the workshops and showrooms will be opening their doors to visitors.

    What's on offer? Well, everything from classic car salesrooms such as Pendine and Robert Glover Limited to master-craftsmen such as Olliminium and Heritage Engineering. There's also a classic bicycles shop – Golden Age Cycles – and even an automotive-themed brewery in the form of Wriggly Monkey.

    8. Watch some two-wheeled antics


    (Credit: Gatehouse-Photo.com)

    As well as all the four-wheeled thrills at the Show, there'll be several unmissable motorcycles display taking place on both days.

    A plethora of classic 'bikes will take to the track, among them a 1924 350cc Henley 350 Sport, and a very special 1966 MV Agusta 350/3 cylinder 7 Speed.

    Off the track, meanwhile, the Demon Drome Wall of Death team will push the boundaries of physics – and engineering – to their limits.


    Motorbike highlights at The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel

    9. Head along to the Pistonheads Sunday Service


    (Credit: Andy Liu)

    Our sister brand Pistonheads is holding one of its legendary Sunday Service meets at the Show. It'll kick off at 0830 on Sunday 24 June, and it looks like being a big one: more than 150 cars are already signed up to attend.

    You can sign up for the event here, and even if you don't do that we'd heartily recommend that you pop along to check out the varied selection of cars. 

    10. Find out how much your car is worth


    Hagerty Insurance will be at the Show all weekend, and will be offering free valuations – in exchange for a £15 donation to charity. 

    Whether you're looking to sell your classic or are merely interested in its current value, it'll be well worth heading along and taking advantage of the offer.


    Hagerty to offer valuations at The C&SC Show


    Click here to buy tickets for The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel