Hagerty Renaissance – Bicester Heritage 2018

Congratulations to Hagerty Insurance U.K. for having the brilliant idea of organising an alternative to the renowned Goodwood Revival Meeting. The Hagerty team realised that not all enthusiasts are able to travel to Sussex to experience the Revival meeting first hand. Bicester Heritage’s central location presents a wonderful venue on which to base a credible alternative which they named Hagerty Renaissance.

Owners of cars covered by the historic tax class were invited to bring their cars to display to an adoring crowd of ‘petrol-heads’. They even organised the weather, something that many event organisors in the U.K. wished that they were able to do 🙂 There was also a big screen on which to watch the various events at Goodwood Revival. Personally I was too busy photographing the exotic machinery at Bicester Heritage.

Thanks to an invitation from my friend David Scothorn, a fellow supporter of the Warwickshire County Record Office’s Healey Motor Company archive project, I was a member of that adoring crowd. I was delighted by the fact that so many visitors had taken the opportunity to dress in period costume. I was also struck by the friendliness and helpfulness of the many volunteers who helped organise the event.

I hope that this will be the first of many similar events. Bicester  Heritage is all about classic cars so it was inevitable that I was able to take photos of cars which weren’t necessarily part of the Renaissance event. I have labeled them accordingly. Here are some of the photos that I took –

David Scothorn’s recently acquired Austin Seven Van

Jaguar XK 120 Coupe

Ford Model A four door Tourer

A la mode!

A Miscellany of pre 1939 Rileys –

A Trio of Berkley four wheel (they made three wheelers as well!) sports cars

Berkley sports cars
MGA with a ‘one off’ special front end commissioned by the original owner who bought the basic car from BMC competitions Dept., Abingdon. The whole outer body is made of aluminium. It was later fitted with a twin cam engine.

c.1970 Fiat Abarth 1000 Grand Prix

1964 Rene Bonnet 210 DJet

VBE Restorations Petronella Bentley Project, Wonderful! i.m.o.

Alvis Speed 20

MG SA Saloon

Jowett Jupiter

A Brace of Austin Healey 3000 Mk IIIs

The Jensen Boys

C-V8 Mk. III

Interceptor SP

Jensen-Healey soft top

Triumph TR2 Streamliner Record Breaker

Early Morgan Three Wheeler

Ann Oetterli’s Healey Silverstone

Simeon Cattle’s Project Shop (Simeon in the centre of group)


Around Bicester Heritage

Gordon Keeble

c. 1964 Lancia 2.8 3C Superleggera Coupe by Touring, Milano
Superleggera Logo

c. 1928 Singer Junior

C. 1912 Overland Two Seater Sports

Wriggly Monkey Brewery, Bicester Heritage


There were more but that is enough for now. I hope that you enjoyed looking.


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