Drive-in movie experience for car lovers comes to Bicester

Ten of the best-loved driving movies of all times will top the bill at The Classic Car Drive In Weekend in Bicester.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 11:37 am
Updated Thursday, 20th August 2020, 11:40 am
Drive-in for car lovers comes to Bicester
Drive-in for car lovers comes to Bicester

Aimed at providing petrol-heads with a Covid-compliant outdoor event, the first drive-in dedicated to cars will take place at Bicester Heritage (former RAF base) from September 18 to 20 .

Two giant drive-in cinemas will be at the heart of the festival, with three screenings every day at 11am, 4pm and 8pm.

Screenings start on Friday morning with 1960s classic The Italian Job, the much-loved heist caper starring Michael Caine and, a trio of patriotically painted Minis.

The curtain comes down on Sunday evening with the action-packed Fast & Furious 7. Marking Paul Walker’s final appearance, the seventh film from the hugely popular street racing series is widely hailed as the multi-billion-dollar franchise’s absolute pinnacle.

For those who love a car chase, there is Gone in 60 Seconds, Smokey and the Bandit and, from more recent times, the multiple Oscar-nominated Baby Driver.

For Formula 1 fans, Senna and Rush share the afternoon billing on all three days, while Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky Bobbyboth bring the thrills and spills on US-style NASCAR racing to the state-of-the-art LED screens.

The movie roster is completed by Le Mans ’66 (aka Ford v Ferrari) – a much celebrated 2020 Academy Award winner.

The Classic Car Drive In Weekend 'Full Experience' tickets give access to one drive-in film plus the outdoor Classic Car show, or visitors can select the Drive In experience alone. On arrival, cars will be parked up in socially distanced bays. Sound will be provided either via either a dedicated FM radio channel or via pre-sanitised speakers. Covid-compliant food, drink and toilets are also provided.

“Drive in cinemas have become the somewhat unexpected saviours during these strange times and there could be no better way to bring car lovers back together than by the creation of an unmissable Classic Car Drive In Weekend,” said show director Bas Bungish.

“At Bicester we will have not one but two of these massive drive in cinemas and we will be screening a stunning selection of mind-blowing car-themed movies. It’s going to be double the delight and a truly memorable experience for all those attending.”

The Classic Car Drive In Weekend also features a traditional classic car show with more than 500 classic cars on show, a live Bonhams MPH auction, demonstration runs and parades on Bicester Heritage’s track, dealer displays, traders and a host of enthusiastic car clubs.

Numbers will be restricted to 10,000 over the weekend to guarantee social distancing. Tickets are on general release from 8am tomorrow, Friday August 14 but a pre-sale is already open for those who have already registered online.

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