Fashion at Flywheel.

My third year running the ‘pop-up fashion shoots at the Bicester Heritage Flywheel Festival was blessed with good weather. I really enjoy setting up the shoots for the public, the reaction over the last three years has been great. Talking with one hobbyist photographer at this years event, he said it was an added bonus to have the models on site. To quote him. “Cars, aircraft, buildings and fashion models all in period, what more could you want!” Here’s a selection from this years event.

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A Flywheel Exclusive

The weekend of June 24/25 2017 saw the third edition of the Bicester Heritage Flywheel Festival. It was also the third year of the popular “Pop Up Fashion Shoots” that I, and my team of models run over the course of the festival weekend. This year, though the good offices of Andrew Ferguson at Historit, space in hangar 3 was given over so myself and my model team had a place to work out of during the event. During the first day of the event I was in conversation with Historit’s Alistair Emson and asked if it would be possible to have “a quick ten minutes” to get some frames in the main storage area at some point during the weekend. I was asked what I had in mind and Alistair said he would ask the question. At the end of the first day I was told that there would be no problem having ten minutes on day two and just to let him know when.

So, during a break on day two of the festival I took these shots with my model Lillian Love. I like the idea of the shoot. Out of Place, but then again, not so much. A splash of colour against the steel hangar doors and uniform grey car covers. Lillian wears the Fatale Prom Dress by the Pretty Dress Company. Accessories from her own collection.

My thanks to Andrew, Charlie and Alistair at Historit, Bicester Heritage.

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Donington Historic Festival

After six very successful years, the Donington Historic Festival is now firmly established as a major fixture on the international historic racing calendar, attracting thousands of spectators, hundreds of world-class historic racing cars and a large number of classic car club displays. Here are some of the highlights from spending a day in the pit and paddock area during the event.

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Bicester Heritage Drive it Day.

Sunday 23rd April saw the annual Drive it Day at Bicester Heritage. The Spring weather brought out the enthusiasts in droves in what must have been the biggest crowd to date. Bicester Heritage managing director, Daniel Geoghegan and his team yet again put on a first class event at their historic site. The grounds of the Airfield Technical site lend themselves well to showing classic cars of all types off to great effect.

Below is a selection of images from the day and will give some idea as to the diversity on show.

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P & A Wood. Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists.

In January this year, I headed south to the county of Essex to visit a very special restoration facility. Paul & Andrew Wood are genuine enthusiasts and are justifiably proud of the Company they founded in 1967. The brothers left Rolls-Royce once Andrew had completed his engineering apprenticeship, to start their own business working exclusively with Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars from a workshop in Moreton, Essex. With Andrew in charge of the engineering element within the Company and Paul in charge of sales and coachwork, the business flourished to such an extent that by 1970 they had to move to larger premises in Great Bardfield. Due to concentrated hard work and living their adopted motto, “Attention to detail”, many concours events were won by the cars which they had restored. As time passed, the business continued to expand, making it necessary for a second move in 1988 to even larger premises, this time to the village of Great Easton. Existing buildings on the site were modified and converted into Offices, Parts Department and Coachwork facility. Additionally a large new building was erected as an Engineering Workshop, specifically designed to cater for the repair and maintenance of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars.

More recently, a new but traditionally styled Showroom has been designed and purpose built on two levels to display Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars of all ages. In 2001, P & A Wood were appointed as The Official Rolls-Royce and Bentley Heritage Dealers in recognition of the knowledge and expertise that the company had built up with the Classic and Vintage cars. The new appointment also being a unique position within the worldwide official dealer network. Today, with the support of fully trained and diligent staff, P & A Wood continue to provide an extremely high standard of service for their customers.

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Bicester Sunday Scramble

The first event of 2017. Held on the old RAF Bicester airfield site in Oxfordshire, the event, run by Bicester Heritage, encompasses Air Ministry expansion period architecture, classic and vintage cars along with their owners and, it has to be said, an army of enthusiasts. All in all a very nice way to spend a January day.

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