Petrolicious’ First European Drivers Meeting is a Smash Hit
U.K. event featured Jaguar D-type, classic Williams F1 racing cars, rally royalty Subaru Imprezas, Zagato icons, and so much more.
Over four thousand auto enthusiasts recently journeyed to Bicester Heritage in England to take in some spectacular wonders of the automotive world. The event, held by Petrolicious, was the first European meet for the Los Angeles-based publication.
The successful event gave attendees myriad motoring marvels too plentiful to list in full. The grounds of Bicester Heritage in the former RAF-Technical Site were curated with a carefully selected array of historic and modern vehicles, with many of racing’s most historic competitors in attendance, with the likes of the Audi Sport Quattro S1, Ford S2000 and a line-up of WRC Imprezas–including an ex-works Colin McRae car. Williams also brought along a vintage Marlboro F1 transporter with not one, but two Formula One cars: the championship-winning FW11B and the FW07.
Endurance Legends were celebrated with the likes of the Le Mans class winning Aston Martin DBR9 and astonishing Porsche 996 RSR, an Alpine Dynasty display drew great crowds with examples old and new of the recently revised marque, and 100 years of inimitable design house Zagato was marked in fitting style. A flock of Ferraris including 275 GTB, F40, F12 TDF and even the Mondial QV lined up by the hangars, while Alfa Avenue was a similar display of Italian flair. With gasser-style hot rods, a superb example of a Citroen XM and a Volvo 262C Bertone complete with Chevrolet V8 engine swap contained in close proximity, the line up was extensive, varied and bathed in glorious British sunshine.
Timing Partner Bremont hosted an incredible display of the Jaguar D-type as they launched their latest collaboration with the British marque. With just 300 pieces of the limited edition being made, the new model of Bremont is a rare one indeed. Morgan Motor Company displayed its latest range of hand-built British sportscars alongside the underpinnings of its upcoming model, the Plus Six. Singer also brought the test-mule for its ‘DLS’ Porsche 911, along with one of the car’s most important test-drivers–Marino Franchitti. Visitors were also able to experience screenings of Petrolicious films past and present, guest artwork, and motoring interviews throughout the day.
“We are delighted that Bicester Heritage was anointed as the location for the inaugural Petrolicious Drivers’ Club meeting, a great honor.” said Dan Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage. “We were delighted to be part of the relaxed vibe and home to an innovative gathering of next generation historic motoring devotees.”
Bicester’s on-site specialists were out in force at the event, opening their doors and showcasing the latest services and products to grace the buildings of the former RAF base. Classic car specialists Robert Glover Ltd. drew a crowd with the 1923 Bequet Delage, Pendine with an Aston Martin DBR4, and pre-war Riley and MG experts Blue Diamond Services displayed some of their stunning projects and current stock. Fuzz Townshend Classic Oils, Auto Wax Works, Kingsbury Racing Shop, REEF, Porsche Classic Life all warmly welcomed guests, while the on-site Wriggly Monkey Brewery were serving their cool beer to all those in need of refreshment from the hot spring sun.
Bicester Heritage has recently launched tickets for something special, or rather something super, as June 23rd will be the date of the inaugural Super Scramble. Promising to expand on the much-loved features of the traditional Sunday Scramble, this new event is sure to be another sell-out success.
Photos: Bicester Heritage