One of the advantages of getting to these events early is having the enjoyment of watching cavalcades of cars pass you by, searching for the best spot to park up. The sound of high-powered engines having come from a long run, still smelling of hot oil and unfiltered exhaust gases - an intoxicating cure for the tiredness from the early morning start!
The early morning light was incredible, though certainly proved a challenge fighting some of the contrasting shadows and highlights, but it was certainly a challenge worth dealing with. It may have been a little on the cold side, but the photographic opportunities certainly made up for the early start!
Its been a long time since I've seen a 959... and what a stunning example this was at Sports Purpose. By around 10am this whole area proved very difficult to get anywhere near - they may be a relatively new company to the campus, but Sports Purpose certainly know how to draw a crowd - and impress!
This unique 1965 Porsche 911 'Art Car' by Paul Smith has proved a hit with crowds wherever it goes, drawing huge amounts of attention at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, and now continuing to do so at the Sports Purpose facility. The craftmanship on the car is absolutely astounding, down to the continuing stripes throughout the inside of the car also, and the small little details that add up to create one of the most unique and wonderful short-wheelbase 911s out there.
This 964 Carrera in the striking Tag Heuer livery (as raced by Mika Hakkinen in the Carrera Cup) caught my eye, and there will be a full photo feature of this car coming soon - watch this space!
Low winter sun and iconic side profiles are a match made in heaven. Documenting these events is all about capturing moments such as this - a few minutes earlier or later and this would be a very different scene as the sun moves across the sky and the crowds begin to pile in.
Whilst Bicester Heritage is certainly about embracing the preservation of classics and keeping the history alive in the purest form possible, there is certainly a growing trend of embracing the more modified side of the classic car community, with a number of less 'traditionally' modified cars dotted around the campus. This late Beetle caught my eye, with a severe (yet tasteful) altitude adjustment and yellow - tinted headlights (who doesn't love those!).
Whilst I have learnt to not be too surprised by the apparently eclectic mix of cars on display at these events, there is always one or two that still manage to catch you by surprise, such as this absolutely immaculate Ford Model A coupe, looking as if it had just rolled off the production line back in the late 1920s.
As always, Finest Hour Flying Experiences were running throughout the day, allowing visitors the chance to take to the skies in one of their vintage De Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft. Little things such as this are what set apart Bicesters' Sunday Scrambles apart from the rest, being on an active airfield allows them to run such demonstrations and experiences as this, and not many other car shows can compete.
As with previous 'Scrambles' the various workshops and companies around the campus flung open their doors to the general public, allowing a rare insight into the time-warp worlds of these garages, showcasing the projects that are currently on-the-go, and giving ample photographic opportunities not usual available to the average bystander.
One thing that certainly becomes apparent when taking in all of these scenes is the sheer amount of money and value that is underneath one roof... it beggars belief at times!
Is there any car that doesn't look fantastic in Martini livery? Of course one of the most famous wearers of this wonderful colour scheme is the iconic Lancia Delta Integrale.
The Pendine Historics building - located in the 'Blast House' always plays host to some really special offerings, though this was certainly a surprise even to those aware of the high calibre of vehicles at Pendine. It is of course none other than the Ex-IMSA Championship winning 1990 Nissan NPT-90, also of Sebring 12-hour fame.
Group C cars will always be a favourite of mine. Whilst I am not old enough to remember the 'glory days' of the 1990s, the low roofline, wide track and imposing appearing of these cars define the saying of 'it looks fast even standing still' for me; And it is always a pleasure to be able to see them up-close and personal.
That's all from our photo coverage from October Scramble at Bicester Heritage; If you missed out on this event, make sure you get down to Bicester for the next one on January 6th, I can tell you now that the early mornings and the freezing cold temperatures are worth it!
As I have previously mentioned, there are some individual features from what I saw as 'standout' cars of the show coming soon, so be sure to look out for those - keep up-to-date with the site by following us on Instagram and Twitter.