24 November 2014

Former Royal Air Force station serves a new purpose

Bicester Heritage is a novel concept — the UK's first heritage business park dedicated solely to historic motoring and aviation. Located at a former Royal Air Force station, the UK's leading remaining World War-period Bomber Command Station, the facility creates a cottage industry of specialists in order to promote the preservation and use of vintage aeroplanes and motorcars.

More information about Bicester Heritage can be found here: http://bicesterheritage.co.uk/

8 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Fred kopec St. Petersburg, Florida November 26, 2014 at 15:27
    Where in England is it? More importantly can you get there by train?
  • 2
    David Lamb Buffalo, New York USA November 26, 2014 at 17:05
    Brilliant idea! Lets do something like this on this side of the pond (preferably in Buffalo NY!!) One of the reasons (I believe!) that the younguns are not in to the classic car hobby (other than cost!) is that the car clubs mostly do old fart stuff like cocktail parties (which I enjoy, don't get me wrong!) and bland "runs" with silly questions to make the "rallies" "fun". Kids are bored by this stuff and rightly so. Genuine high quality restoration work and the ability to really drive our classics rather than look at them is an area to involve the next generation and preserve our crafts. JMHO! David
  • 3
    MEL SITZBERGER United States November 26, 2014 at 18:00
    This is so interesting. I served at RAF Sculthorpe in the early 60s and I have seen the deterioration of the hangers and buildings that were alive during WWII and into the 1960s. What a nice way to have a portion of a RAF base reborn into a classic car museum of sorts.
  • 4
    Will Smith Tyler, Tx November 26, 2014 at 19:29
    Was stationed at RAF Upper Heyford in 1981-1983, and visited RAF Bicester on many occasions. At that time it was like a ghost from the past, I'll never forget it.
  • 5
    Mister2 Tim Nusbaum Boca Raton, Fl. United States November 26, 2014 at 20:48
    Bicester Heritage seems similar to Greenfield Village in Michigan. Maybe the Henry Ford personage is more obvious. Seeing the opportunity for apprenticeship positions at Bicester seems like a eureka moment for any well endowed young craftsman to learn and virtually live history..
  • 6
    Ike Hollomon United States November 27, 2014 at 08:41
    Damn good show! Brings back many fond memories! Thank you.
  • 7
    Al Davis Leavenworth, Kansas, USA November 29, 2014 at 10:59
    I do hope you are right about generating interesting in the younger generation. From what I see in the USA, a few, but not many, young folks have much interest in the old classic automobiles. Their interest lies in the new Honda's, Toyota's, Subaru's, etc.
  • 8
    Daniel Geoghegan Bicester, UK December 1, 2014 at 11:51
    Thank you all for your positive comments. To answer Fred Kopec's specific question, we are within a mile of both Bicester Town Station and Bicester North Station. The slow train is around an hour from London, the fast is 42 minutes. We are also under an hour from Heathrow, Birmingham, Luton airports. Looking forward to seeing you here.

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