Hundreds of classic car fans, including me, drove our treasured machines to the historic former RAF base in Oxfordshire, now home to Bicester Heritage, on Sunday 26 April, which was appropriately also the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs’ Drive it Day.
The sun shone (a bit), chrome twinkled, and enthusiastic voices shared intimate details of lengthy restorations, secrets of smooth running on modern fuels and generally compared notes on classic ownership.
After completing a satisfactory sprint to the old aerodrome, Plimsoll, my ‘trusty’ 1957 Series I made an instant impression on the first chap who wondered past, by evacuating a couple of pints of coolant by his feet.
There was only a small handful of Land Rovers among the large and fascinating haul of classic cars and vehicles, but I’m sure this is set to change. Joining me in the vanguard was ALRC’s international liaison officer, Derek Spooner’s splendid Series I 86in Station Wagon. I was also fascinated to see what I believe to be a Ford Model A, a veteran of several international adventures, owned and driven by Adrian and Barbara Shooter. The couple’s awesome 130 Defender camper featured in the June 2014 issue LRO. Bicester Heritage’s own 110 Hi-Cap was busy bumbling about the place making sure the event ran smoothly. There were a couple of other Land Rovers present too; one in particular will hopefully appear in LRO magazine soon, so look out for that.
Finally, of course, there was Plimsoll. The awkward damp patch remained all morning but those who stopped by for a chat didn’t seem to mind.