Historic aircraft, classic and competition cars and military vehicles of all kinds will converge on Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire for the weekend of 2 and 3 July 2016, when Flywheel returns to Britain’s best-preserved WWII RAF station.

The organisers claim they will be ‘showcasing the best in aviation, motorsport, motoring and military history in a uniquely atmospheric and intimate setting’ – Pilot was there in 2015 and we can only agree. The first Flywheel – held in June 2015 – was a huge success, drawing thousands of spectators who thoroughly enjoyed outstanding displays in the air and on the motorsport demonstration track, and the chance to get up close to an exciting range of military vehicles, aircraft and rare racing cars. Highlights included the return to the former RAF Bicester of the Blenheim bomber for the first time in over seventy years and fine air displays by Peter Teichman Spitfire and the Great War Display Team’s WWI replicas. On the ground, excitement was generated by the flame-throwing Bentley-Packard special with its 41-litre engine, a throughly pattinated WWII Grant tank recovered from a firing range, a C-Type Jaguar once driven by Stirling Moss C-type and exhilarating performances from the aircraft-engined 1905 Fiat land speed record car. Rides in vintage gliders, a ‘pop-up’ period fashion shoot and military re-enactors really brought the history of the site alive.

Having established a firm footing with the inaugural event, the Flywheel organisers now plan to surpass it for 2016, with more displays and some exciting new content. Further information can be found on www.flywheelfestival.com . Ticket prices will be announced, and tickets will go on sale, later in 2015.

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