Bicester Heritage is a 348-acre former RAF Bomber Command Station in Oxfordshire that has taken on a new lease of life as a centre of excellence for all things to do with historic motoring. These amazing photos are by Amy Shore Photography.
When the site was purchased from the MOD by the Bicester Heritage team in April 2013 it had been placed on Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register and designated the most at risk of all defence estates in Britain in 2008. Now, after some 100 years of being off limits to the public and being mothballed by the RAF in 1976, the base has been returned to its former glory and reopened as the best-preserved WW2 RAF Bomber Station in the UK.
More than 30 specialist businesses operate from the unique site, and between them they cover every potential requirement for storing, running and maintaining a historic car. The skilled craftspeople based at Bicester Heritage range from historic grand prix car preparers and magneto specialists, to dealers and exhaust manufacturers. Together they provide a supportive ecosystem that seeks to revolutionise historic car ownership.
Bicester Heritage events include regular Sunday Scramble open days and each summer, Flywheel Festival.
It is located just off the M40, and a mile away from Bicester railway station, meaning it can be reached from London in less than an hour by road or rail.