2015 Oily Rag Run

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Oily Rags at Bicester

Weatherbeaten panels, cracking paint, creaking hinges – a lifetime of use proudly on display. A description of a typical Oily Rag motor car? It could just as well be the description of the Motor Transport yard at the former RAF Bicester. The group behind Bicester Heritage are ‘our’ kind of people, and we jumped at the chance when they offered to open their doors to The Automobile for our fifth annual Oily Rag Run.
Typically, by the time the editorial team had cajoled their misbehaving Berkeley into the site, most of the other entrants had long since arrived, and the line-up of Oily Rags was a sight for sore eyes. Ranging from the cherished and mellow to the downright disreputable, with an almost even mix of pre- and postwar cars, both utilitarian and glamorous, it is clear the Oily Rag ethos spreads far and wide in the old-car world.
After a guided tour of the site and a light lunch, we took a scenic drive over the border to Oxfordshire where we gathered at Nuffield Place, the former home of Lord Nuffield, preserved much as he left it by the National Trust. A most civilised location to end the day, and an excellent example of preservation in the non-motoring world.

Riley Nine Monaco

Riley Nine Monaco

Panhard Dyna X86

Panhard Dyna X86

Hudson Super 8

Hudson Super 8

1936 Riley Sprite

1936 Riley Sprite

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Rolls-Royce with Voisin-style coachwork

Dodge Coronet

Dodge Coronet

Lagonda two-litre dhc

Lagonda two-litre dhc

1930 Talbot 90

1930 Talbot 90

Panhard Dynas at Nuffield Place

Panhard Dynas at Nuffield Place

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