Friday, 29 June 2018

Back To Bicester

Last Friday evening I headed south to Banbury to spend the night with friends at the ESS&EMM Bed and Breakfast - a lovely opportunity to meet up as I hadn't seen them for a while, and of course Banbury made an excellent start for Saturday morning and this year's trip to the Bicester Flywheel event.

I'd really enjoyed my visit last year, so had jotted 2018's event in my diary as soon as it was announced.  I slipped into my while lace dress, high heels and, with a parasol against the scorching sun, headed off in convoy to Bicester.  Last year, as early as we were, it was quiet on our arrival at just after 9.00am - this year a line of cars, many of them lovely old classics, were waiting for us as we neared the Bicester Heritage site.  Thanks to good organisation, though, we were soon through the gates and parked up.  Tickets bought, we entered the main site.

Whilst the gentlemen of the group perused an early-arrived line of classic cars, I headed inside one of the marquees to check out some vintage stalls.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
Sadly, there wasn't much to tempt my money from my purse - I debated about some lovely sheer delicate white gloves, but they were too tight a fit - even for my slender hands.

Back outside, the sun burned bright in the summer sky, but a cool breeze winnowed endlessly over the flat ground, keeping the temperature low for the morning.  Lured by the noise of engines being revved, tuned and warmed, I wandered over to the paddock area where the cars that would take to the short track were being prepared for the day.  Already here there was plenty of hustling and bustling, the still morning broken by the bark and roar as a racing engine was fired up, the smell of high-octane fuel simmering in the air.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
One car in particular shattered the genteel atmosphere with a Thor-like roar as its V12 kick started.  It was a Broadspeed Jaguar, and I remembered its war cries from Shelsley Walsh a few years ago, like a mechanical mix-up of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Broadspeed Jaguar.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - the source of THAT noise...
You certainly couldn't stand next to it too long while the engine was running, and all of the mechanics working on the car had ear-protectors - but what a remarkable sound.

I spent quite some time looking at the fantastic display of cars, spanning the best part of a century in age.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

We reconvened as a group and headed over to the figure-of-eight track that was laid out, where the cars and bikes would run.  Finding a suitable place we camped down... but not before sending a couple of the gentlemen on the long walk back to the car for our picnic... well, what are submissive guys for if not to take an order or two?

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

There was certainly a sense of occasion when the hot rod 'Kandy Twist' arrived on the start line, it's V8 throbbing and resonating like a giant vibrator.  It was, sadly, a bit of a let down, trundling slowly round the track little faster than, well, a mobility scooter.  All show and no go - I've been fucked by boyfriends with similarities.  Never mind... better luck next year.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
Soon it was the turn of the motorcycles, and with a couple of keen bikers in the group we stayed to watch.  Like the cars, there was some lovely machinery, and a somewhat bizarre pedalled motorcycle that had unknown beginnings - but was, according to the PA, likely to have been a circus bike.  The rider looked like he was astride the back wheel when he took it round the small circuit.  I certainly hoped there was a saddle there for him to sit on, otherwise his testicles would have either been nicely buffed or else left somewhere on the tarmac.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
Picnic done, a few of us headed off to see what else the event had to offer.  Back among the stalls and marquees I watched an artist creating paintings... using toy cars instead of brushes.  Quite impressive - I bet his carpets were worn out in his childhood bedroom though.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - artist, Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
I strolled over to the car park where lines of classics and sports cars were lined up.  I immediately fell in love with two old American cars, red paintwork gleaming in the sun, images of a glamorous 1940s Hollywood immediately coming to mind.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
It was a wonderfully mixed up line of classics.  Nearby, a suave Aston Martin sat in cool contemplation, with a stylish Ford Thunderbird, a glowering Mercury Cougar and a gloriously happy Frog-eyed Sprite as unlikely companions.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
Of course, this being Flywheel, the entertainment wasn't just on the ground.  Up above, in the clear blue skies, World War One biplanes shared the air with other airborne predators...

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - unplanned entertainment, Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
Which led to one of the weekends main attractions - the return of the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight.  The flight has been grounded for a few years while urgent repairs were carried out on the Merlin engines of the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster, so it was a real privilege to see them in formation once more.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
The lengthy display was wonderful to behold, and with one last low-level pass, the trio flew on, a huge round of applause from the Flywheel crowd cheering them on their way.  Glorious.

With the air entertainment over for the time being, I had a further look around the car park - tempted by a royal line of Morgan sportscars.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Morgans, Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
I had a good look around the roadsters, marvelling at the lovely contours of the bodywork and gorgeous interiors, remembering my trip in one at Shelsey Walsh a few years ago.  Among the vintage-styled cars was a more modern version - a gleaming black Aero.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - MY Morgan (I licked it) Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
It was fabulous.  I immediately envisaged being whisked away in it by a louche cad for a dirty weekend away, stopping midway to our hotel for a quick pre-bedroom fuck in the hot and soft leather seats... only to see the tiny space available inside the two-seater car.  Maybe I'd just have to lean over that long bonnet whilst my cad thrust his steeled piston into my oiled cylinder.  I'd have to be careful not to rub my hard bare nibbles on the hot engine cover, though...  Hmmm... might have to think that fantasy through a little more.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - it's mine, I tell you... Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
With the car park visit (and subsequent fantasies) done, it was a slow stroll in the summer heat back towards the paddock area, where vintage cars were heading off onto the track.  Once again, the lovely scent of octane fuel perfumed the air.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
Unlike last year, this time we carried on further into the Heritage site, and a whole new world opened up.  Wonderful old wartime buildings and sheds housed numerous vintage and classic car restoration companies - and I marvelled at the skills and craftmanship that are carried on in the 21st century.  All around classic cars stood to be admired and fawned over, no doubt bringing back many childhood memories for visitors.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
For a break we sat at a makeshift pub serving wonderful ale - perfect for a summer shandy.  Surrounded by gorgeous cars and with a flight of World War One biplanes overhead in the blue-blazed sky, it was quite perfect.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
Refreshed by lovely booze, we continued our stroll through the Heritage site.  Next to some old buildings sat a low-slug Ford GT40, gleaming yellow.  I recognised it from my visit to the Silverstone Classic all the way back in 2014.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Ford GT40, Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
It certainly hadn't grown in the intervening years, still standing no higher than my hips.  If the Morgan would be difficult to have carnal relations in, this would be damned impossible... unless you were both contortionists.

Dexi Delite Altrincham and Manchester Escort - Ford GT40, Bicester Heritage Flyweel Festival 2018.
We finally found our way back to the main arena, and with the time now at 4.00pm we decided to head off back to Banbury for a proper drink at base.

It was another great Heritage Flywheel event, though, and remains friendly and relaxed with plenty to keep anyone with a bit of octane in their blood interested.  I can't recommend it enough.

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