Roaring success has been confirmed by the Petrolicious Drivers’ meeting attendees at Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire, on Sunday, May 12.
A reported 4000+ visitors made the trip to Bicester Heritage for the first Petrolicious Drivers’ meeting and were not disappointed at the fantastic turnout.
The Petrolicious #DriveTastefully motto was given an airing and witnessed around 2200 cars tactfully positioned around the glorious backdrop of the restored former RAF buildings of the Bicester Heritage Technical Site and outside the huge events hangar.
Inside the hangar, the Petrolicious Drivers’ Meeting broke new ground for a Bicester Heritage car show by kitting out the 50,000 sq ft space with motoring artists’ area, trade stands and a cinema showcasing Petrolicious films. Next to the screen were the cars that starred in the films being shown – including a Ferrari Daytona, ‘The Rusty 911’ Porsche, a Golf GTI Mk2, NSU Ro80, Mercedes-Benz 280SE, Lancia Delta Integrale and Bentley 4 ½ Litre.
Sponsors Jaguar Landrover SVO, Morgan and Aston Martin Works all had stands in the hangar showing new cars and old, while Bremont used the event to launch its new Jaguar Dtypewatch, complete with not one but two Dtypes on display, as well as a Jaguar Project 7.
In the paddock area outside the hangar, it was impossible to miss the restored black and redliveried Ford truck that served as Frank Williams’ first ever purpose-built race transporter. Alongside were two historic F1 cars – the 1979 FW07 and 1987 FW11B – from Williams Heritage. The display marked the 50th anniversary of Frank Williams’s first Formula 1 race.
Elsewhere in the paddock were special displays from:
The Slowly Sideways rally group, showcasing Group B and other rally cars of the 1980s-onwards
The Endurance Racing Legends group, with Le Mans and endurance race cars of the 1990s and 2000s, including Aston Martin DBR9, Jaguar XJR15 and TVR T400R
The Singer Design and Lightweighting Study (DLS) 911 test mule, delivered by racer and Singer development driver Marino Franchitti
A genuine Brumos team Porsche 911 RSR
Multi-million pound Ferrari display that included F40, Daytona, 330GT, 275 GTB and blogger Mr JWW’s F12 TDF
XJ220 and Project 8 from sponsors Jaguar Land Rover SVO
Adding to the mix, many of the specialists based at Bicester Heritage opened their doors to the visitors. These included specialist car dealers Pendine, Robert Glover and Legends Automotive, prewar Riley and MG specialists Blue Diamond Services, Bentley specialists Kingsbury Racing, Classic Oils and training course provider Heritage Skills Academy.
Even the car park was stunning, with visitors in classic and interesting modern cars directed to the ‘#DriveTastefully’ parking area, resulting in a fascinating show of its own, with everything from lowriders to a roadlegal Group C Jaguar race car.
More Petrolicious Drivers’ Meetings are planned in the near future.
Photography credit: White Wall Media / Petrolicious