15 May 2018

The Flywheel Concours

The Flywheel Concours promises to be something rather special...

Not to be confused with the Show's People's Concours, which is judged by the general public, the Flywheel Concours is a more formal affair. There are five 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 Concours classes are:

  • The Dawn of the Supercar (presented by JBR Capital): No concours is complete without a display of the legendary supercars that graced every schoolkid’s bedroom walls in the 1960s and ‘70s. Entrants in the inaugural Flywheel Concours include a 1971 Aston Martin DBS V8, 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT, 1972 Maserati Bora and the 1976 Earls Court Motor Show Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer (BB)- pictured below.

  • Movie Star Cars Among the fine selection of cars that have either starred on the silver screen or are highly accurate facsimiles of movie motoring greats, we will have the 1911 Vauxhall C-Type Prince Henry (kindly loaned by Vauxhall Heritage) that was used in Steven Spielberg’s 2011 film adaption of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel War Horse, the 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible that starred in the 2012 film Dark Shadows, the 1962 Jaguar E-type Series 1 Coupe that starred with Sean Connery in the 1962 movie Woman of Straw, a 1967/68 Bullitt Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500, a 1974 Blues Brothers Dodge Monaco police car and a 1975 Man With The Golden Gun AMC Hornet Coupe.

  • 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 ‘60s. This class celebrates some of BL’s finest  classic makes and models, with entrants including a 1969 Austin 3-Litre, 1976 Jaguar XJ12 Coupe, 1968 MG C Roadster, 1974 MG B Roadster, 1975 MG B GT 50th Anniversary Edition, 1970 Mini Cooper S MK 3, 1975 Mumford Morris Marina Convertible, 1976 Morris Marina 2 1.8 Special, 1974 Rover 3500 V8 (P6), 1974 Triumph 2000 MK 2, 1968 Triumph TR5, 1972 Triumph TR6, 1976 Triumph TR7 and 1975 Vanden Plas 1500 Allegro.

  • 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. Our rallying contenders include a 1934 Derby Bentley that competed in the 1935 Monte Carlo Rally, as well as the demanding RAC Rally in 1935, 1936 and 1937and a 1969 Austin Maxi. Endearingly called Puff, to help her fly, this Austin Maxi was driven by three pioneering women, Tish Ozanne, Katrina Kerridge and Bron Burrell. This exceptional female team set off in arguably the most gruelling rally of its time - the 1970 World Cup Rally from London to Mexico. Nearly 50 years later, this authentic Maxi and two of its original crew have been reunited and are rallying again, with Puff brought back to life by the engineers at Project Shop, based here in Bicester. With sights firmly set on 2020, the ‘dream team’ are focused on repeating the journey and completing this iconic rally from London to Mexico and finishing what they started 50 years ago, in the original car!

  • 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. This class includes a 1949 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports (DB1), 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster, 1949  Land Rover 80” Series One, 1950 Tatra T600 Tatraplan and a rare 1950 Vauxhall Wyvern L-Type, which is kindly loaned by Vauxhall Heritage.