Banbury and Bicester College opened up its workshop doors to welcome the record-breaking crowds that flocked to Bicester Heritage on Sunday 7 January 2018 to see an unrivalled exhibition of classic vehicles at the famous Sunday Scramble. Classic vehicle enthusiasts from throughout the country braved the cold weather to gain access to the coveted site on the former World War 2 RAF base. The site hosts over 30 specialist businesses, which cater for historic vehicle restoration and preservation.
The Sunday Scramble entices hundreds of classic vehicle car owners to bring along their cars for display and thousands of enthusiasts attend to get a rare chance to see an exceptional range of vehicles. Banbury and Bicester College's workshop, the 'Engine Test House', opened up its doors to welcome visitors, display students' projects and present the specialist skills and knowledge of our tutors. Two new additions to the ongoing projects include a 1928 Ford Model A which is in need of a suspension rebuild and a 1956 Austin A30 which is being prepared for trials and hillclimb. Our classic vehicle restoration programmes have been developed in response to a skills gap to ensure that there is a future workforce to maintain and restore classic vehicles. Last year, Banbury and Bicester College launched basic and intermediate maintenance courses designed for enthusiasts, and the 2018 course dates were announced at Sunday's event.
Matthew Salt, Vocational Trainer Assessor at Banbury and Bicester College, said: "This year's winter Sunday Scramble was even bigger than last year's, which saw over 2,500 visitors. It's clear that Bicester Heritage's success and fame is going from strength to strength. The incredible variety of cars on display attracts people from all over the country and the events are highlights of our year. It is so exciting to be able to open our workshop to the public and show them our specialist classic vehicle maintenance skills and the projects that we are working on. We released our 2018 classic vehicle maintenance course dates for enthusiasts at the Scramble and judging by the interest we had, we are looking forward to a very busy year."