The Perfect Spring Sunday At Scramble
Glorious Scramble

Having attended the first Sunday Scramble of the year back in January, and under much colder and damper conditions, I almost skipped on this year’s spring Scramble.

Retrospectively, it would’ve been a terrible mistake, but here’s why I almost passed it up – we’re a relatively small island with a limited number of interesting cars in this locality, so if you end up going to every single event, you inevitably end up seeing the same people and same machines over and over, albeit just shuffled around within the incredibly picturesque vicinity of the Bicester Heritage site.

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However with the country being hit by a sudden and uncharacteristic heatwave, the forecast for this year’s spring Scramble looked a) a statistic impossibility and b) like it was going to offer an incredible turnout. Nothing brings British people out of their homes like that glowing orb of light in the sky, if only to stare up at it in wonderment and confusion.

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Boy was my prediction right. Arriving on site pretty much as early as I thought it sensible on a Sunday, the site was already heaving with glorious machinery at 8:30am. Quickly parking up, I grabbed my cameras and quickly walked back to the main runway down which a steady flow of interesting and diverse traffic was ebbing.

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From ’80s and ’90s performance models to rare exotica, classic convertibles and nimble sports cars, glamorous prestige carriages and the rumble of American muscle and hot rods, the sight of a continuous convoy of cars rumbling towards me was hugely impressive. No two are the same, yet all arrive side-by-side with the sole purpose of enjoying a morning spent in like-minded company.

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Before long the airfield club parking was overflowing, with gleaming machinery as far as the eye could see. Heading through the compound gates into the main Bicester Heritage site, yet more wonders awaited, scattered seemingly at random around the gloriously renovated and reimagined former RAF buildings.

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In case you’ve not picked up on my previous coverage from Sunday Scramble events, the gathering is held a handful of times each year at a 348-acre former WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Once a dilapidated air force site, over the past few years Bicester Heritage has been lovingly and sensitively transformed into a concentration of classic and heritage specialist automotive businesses. It’s essentially the coolest and most aesthetically pleasing industrial estate in the country, I dare say.

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Each of the former RAF buildings has been repurposed to suit Bicester Heritage’s aim of catering for classic and performance enthusiasts, and each of which, on this glorious Sunday, had its doors flung open for all to peer into, wander around and enjoy.

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Elsewhere, the smell of sizzling bacon and freshly poured coffee filled the tree-lined avenues, leading you to grassy open areas bustling with show-goers getting their morning fill. Sunday Scramble really is incredible on a day like this.

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I could wax lyrical about this event for hours, but there’s really nothing quite like it. The setting, the atmosphere, and the sheer variety of cars and people in attendance are second to none. It brings with it a vibe that’s perfectly matched to a sunny and warm spring Sunday morning in England.

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For those of you who missed it – I implore you to make it along to the next event in October, if you’re able to. In the meantime, and for those not fortunate to be within driving distance of Bicester, open up this story on your desktop computer, click on the first image to enter Presentation Mode and enjoy the gallery as it was meant to be enjoyed – in glorious full screen, high resolution. Let me know if you find a new desktop wallpaper in here too…

Onto The Gallery
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Jordan Butters
Instagram: jordanbutters
jordan@speedhunters.com

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1

Totally fell for the click-bait lead photo....thought this was going to be luftgekühlt 5 coverage!

2

That's on the way :)

3

Welp, now i have to decide between the two R500's or the trio of track preped JDM boys

4

As one of those track prepped JDM boys, thank you!

5

It was a truely awesome show as always. Unique due to the location. Rare to have so many ex raf buildings so well preserved and accessible. And a very diverse collection of cars. Don't suppose you got any pics of my blue Z31? I took a few pics but totally forgot to take any pics of my own car!

6

Super images Jordan - looks like a very cool day.

7
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Lovely stuff as always - gutted I missed that Viper. Some other shots here: http://www.jonshootsthings.co.uk/sunday-scramble-2018/

8

Lancia Aurelia GT! Now that's one rare beauty!

9

What make is the car bearing liscence plate 167 UYX?

10

I think its a Lancia Aurelia Coupe

12

Thanks! What an incredible looking car..!

13

Dont suppose you have any photos of my xk120 do you Jordan. It was parked in front of the yellow 250GTO

14

This was such an awesome event – too much to see in one day if anything! I liked the new AMG Mercedes F1 room, no pics of the gullwing?

Author15

I missed that part completely. There was far too much to see in one morning!

16

Great shots! It’d be hard to narrow it down to just ONE wallpaper. I wish presentation mode was available on mobile.
What’s the story on the Jag with rockets and a Gatling gun?

17

One of the 10 Jag XKR cars used in the James Bond film, Die Another Day

Author18

It's from Jaguar's collection – it was the car in the Bond film Die Another Day.

19

Good to see japanese nostalgic cars coming up more and more of interests in europe. The yellow Rx7 and GTR 2000 rocks the british scene

20

Incredible photos Jordan. What a lovely day it was, you're not wrong about our obsession with that glowing orb in the sky!

I don't suppose you had a pic of the Blue Datsun 240z? I'm sure I saw you as we were entering the event, at approx 10am.

21

Some lovely shots, as usual. Did you capture the Green & Black '56 Chevy Bel Air ?

22

Let me know if you find a new desktop wallpaper in here too



Babes, I have a collection of thousands of desktop wallpapers (almost all labelled by name and model year) collected mostly from SH and petrolicious that I use for my wallpaper slideshow. Adding a couple more :)

23

What a great mix of autos. My favorite snap is the "compact" Lark with the itty-bitty MG TC lurking in the back ground.

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