A new concours competition, the Flywheel Concours will encourage owners of eligible vehicles to nominate their cars for inclusion.
The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel (Bicester Heritage, 23-24 June) stipulated there will be six separate themed classes, all curated by experienced classic motoring and motorsport consultant and writer Gary Axon.
Each class will have its own display area within the historic Bicester Heritage Technical Site and will be assessed by expert judges.
For the 2018 show, the Flywheel Concours classes are:
• The Dawn of the Supercar: No concours is complete without a display of the legendary supercars that graced every schoolkid’s bedroom walls in the 1960s and ‘70s. From the game-changing Lamborghini Miura of 1966, via the Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’, Iso Grifo, Maserati Bora and Aston Martin V8 to the original Lotus Esprit S1 and others, the genesis of the late-20th century high-performance supercar will be celebrated with a wonderful array of exotica.
• Movie Star Cars: The Show organisers are looking for a selection of cars that have either starred on the silver screen or are highly accurate facsimiles of movie motoring greats, such as the Bullitt Mustang GT390, The Italian Job Minis, or the Herbie ‘Love Bug’ VW Beetle.
• British Leyland: 50th Anniversary It’s been 50 years since British Motor Holdings merged with the Leyland Motor Company to form British Leyland at the height of the Swinging Sixties. This class celebrates some of BL’s finest – and more unusual – classic makes and models, including MG, Triumph, Jaguar, Austin-Healey, Rover, Daimler, Austin, Morris and Wolseley.
• Gassers: In the 1960s: One of the most popular drag-racing categories was the Gasser Class. These street-legal cars ran on pump fuel – hence the name – and to improve the launch, racers would lift the car to throw weight over the rear wheels, creating a unique look. Weather permitting, these awe-inspiring vintage drag-racers will put on demonstration runs over the weekend.
• Classic Rally Cars: Loose-surface heroes will move from special stage to centre stage with a selection of rally cars that went that extra mile, through the gravel, mud and snow, be that on RAC Rally stages or the classic Continental events that saw cars tackle passes such as the Stelvio. Pre-1976 rallying will be celebrated with cars such as the Sunbeam Alpine, Mini Cooper, Ford Escort, Saab 96, Lancia Fulvia and more.
• Stars of the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show: Earls Court reopened its doors in 1948 for Britain’s first post-War motor show and the 70th anniversary of this momentous occasion will be celebrated at the Show with a collection of cars launched in that year. Owners of models launched in 1948 – including the Land-Rover 88, Jaguar XK120 and MkV, Porsche 356, Morris Minor, Citroën 2CV, Aston Martin 2-Litre and Bristol 401 – are invited to nominate them for selection.
Enthusiasts lucky enough to own a car potentially suitable for one of the Flywheel Concours classes should contact Gary Axon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Car clubs join in the concours fun: The C&SC People’s Concours
In a separate initiative, organisers of car clubs that register to attend the Show will be invited to nominate one car per day of the Show from those representing their club, to take part in The Classic & Sports Car People’s Concours. This will be judged by the visitors attending the Show and by followers of the Show’s social media accounts. Cars are only eligible for this if nominated by a registered club official.
The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel combines world-class classic competition and road cars and ‘bikes, some over 100 years old, plus a dazzling array of vintage aircraft, an impressive collection of military machines and incredible live demonstrations both on the ground and in the air at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire on 23 and 24 June 2018. There’s also a Vintage Village featuring period fairground rides, live music performances, shopping and food stalls.
Advance ticket prices start from £23 per adult, £10 per child (5-15) and £55 per family. Entry for children under the age of five years is free, as is parking. VIP package upgrades are also available, which include parking and hospitality. For further information and to purchase tickets for The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel, visit www.classicandsportscarshow.com.