Flywheel is full of treats for historic motorsport, motoring, aviation and military vehicle enthusiasts, with spectacular displays and live-action demonstrations. One very special element is that visitors get the chance to get really close to the rare historic racing cars in the open-access paddock, and to the aircraft and military machinery. See below for a taste of what to expect for Flywheel 2017!
All things motoring…
From the tyre-squealing action as historic competition cars and motorcycles do their thing on the demo track to the classic motor club displays and classic cars and motorcycles in the pre-70 parking area, Flywheel presents decades of motoring and motorsport history in spectacular style. Vehicular visitors being put through their paces to entertain you at Flywheel 2017 will include a 1907 Toledo Steam Carriage, a 1914 aero-engined Fafnir Hall-Scott Special, the fabulous 1929 Menasco Pirate, a trio of magnificent 1920s and 1930s Alfa Romeos, C, D and E-type Jaguars and a host of other rare two, three and four-wheeled competition machines from the golden years of motorsport.
Look to the skies
Flywheel offers a feast for aviation fans. The confirmed 2017 air displays will include the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire (Saturday June 24) and Dakota (Sunday June 25), the Great War Display Team's superb 'dog fights' and precision flying from the Tiger 9 team. There's always plenty to see on the ground for flying buffs as well, as those display aircraft have to park somewhere when not entertaining us in the air, and a host of other historic aircraft fly in from all around. Plus in addition to the BBMF Dakota air display, there will also be a Dakota on static display for visitors to get up close to and get onboard.
You can expect to see some fantastic pieces of military machinery at Flywheel, from tanks to armoured cars and Jeeps. There's plenty of fun to be had in the live-action tank arena, where carefully-selected historic tanks are put through their paces, gleefully churning up the ground. And visitors young and old have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to travel in an armoured personnel carrier, with tank rides available on both days.
You're in safe hands at Flywheel, with military re-enactors such as the Bicester Home Guard making regular patrols and Chalk Living History re-enacting life in a Glider Pilot Regiment. And, new for 2017, we'll be joined by the 'Emma Gees' from the Vickers MG Collection & Research Association Displays, who will be portraying a WW2 air landing unit.
In tune with the times
The live music marquee at Flywheel echoes to period tunes from hugely talented musicians as they entertain the crowds with music that was topping the charts in the two World Wars. For 2017 the popular FB Pocket Orchestra will return (Sunday June 25th), while entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday can be found in the form of the Candy Girls (pictured) and Perfect Vintage.
Under the hammer
Brightwells, the official Bicester Heritage Auction Partner, will hold a classic vehicle sale at Fywheel 2017 on Saturday, 24th June from 12-4pm, with free viewing from 9am-7pm on Friday, 23rd June. More...
All the fun of the fair
You can't have a period event without some of the attractions people would have enjoyed decades ago. Traditional fun fair entertainment for Flywheel 2017 will include 'The Grandaddy of all Motorcycle Stunt Shows', the Demon Drome Wall of Death, with its classic Indian motorbikes.
Bicester Heritage site
Bicester Heritage is an endlessly fascinating place, with the historic buildings being sensitively restored for their new roles. As we celebrate 100 years since the Royal Flying Corps took up residency here, visitors to Flywheel have the opportunity to wander around the avenues of the technical site - now a ‘hub’ for classic motoring, motorsport and aircraft specialists - and to spot the Power House – this lovely old building 'starred' as Hut 11, the codebreaking hut where Alan Turing built his Colossus computer, in the film The Imitation Game.