Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

Another fab thing I did last week was to go to Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage*. Bicester Heritage is the UK’s only centre for historic motoring excellence. It was founded in 2013 on the site of a derelict RAF base, that was marked at risk in 2008. It has 19 listed buildings and 11 areas of Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Now there are over 30 specialist businesses based at Bicester, making it the largest centre in the industry.
The first recorded flight here was in 1911, way before becoming an RAF base. So I don’t think there could be a better location for the Flywheel Festival.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

The Flywheel Festival was great, both my husband and I had a wonderful time. It took me a while to pick only a “few” pictures for this post, as I had almost 500 to choose from. I also made a 8 minutes clip with highlights of the day.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

The last flying display we saw was a dogfight between a Spitfire and a Buchon Messerschmitt. Both planes were piloted by two champions of Red Bull Air Race, Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones. When I heard the commentator saying that I was ecstatic. I watch Red Bull Air Race (RBAR) and I know them from the races. If you are not familiar with RBAR, search online, I’m sure you will find it fascinating.
The commentator said we should search on youtube two clips: Two Planes Fly Through a Hangar – Red Bull Barnstorming (same team as the one at Flywheel: Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones) and Spitfire under bridge. Both clips are amazing, do search for them.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

At the Festival there was a marque filled with vintage items. They all looked so nice. I was tempted to buy some props for my food blog.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

Of course, there were lots of stands with all sort of interesting things like model cars and planes, army style clothing. Lots of things for children too.

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In the Live Music Marque we listened to a few songs by The Candy Girls, a vintage style harmony trio. They are singing songs from the 30s up until the 60s. I really enjoyed it even though it’s not the kind of music I usually listen to. In the clip is a part of one of their songs.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

The flying displays were great too. I enjoyed all of them. They were flying in close formation at times and the commentator was telling us interesting facts about them, like when they were used, if it’s the real plane or a replica.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

One of the two helicopters in the Sioux/Scout helicopter pair flying display.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

Besides the airplane field, there were some army style stands with old items from the wars. It was really nice to have a look at them. The ones mending the stalls were dressed in vintage army costumes. It was lovely. I also liked the soldiers, showing a glimpse of how it was like in the old days.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

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Every Festival has food stalls and this vintage tea room was lovely, very popular. Huge queue of people wanting to have a delicious cream tea. The crockery was vintage and they were different. It looked really nice.
There were other food stands, but, unfortunately, not many vegetarian options for us. Other people were having a picnic and that was lovely too.

Among other attractions were pedal powered planes for children, very cute and fun for kids. There was also a Motorcycle Wall of Death, the thing where they are driving a motorcycle in circles on the wall. Sorry, but I can’t explain it better.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

At one end of the field there were the tank rides. That is something really different, I haven’t seen them before. They were very popular too with lots of people queuing.

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 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

Tiger 9 Aeronautical Display Team. It was very impressive.

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 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

In the Great War Display Team flying display there were planes from the First World War, most of them replicas if I remember correctly. It was an amazing flying display with sounds and fake bombs. I can’t imagine how it would have been in real war.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

This is an 1931 Invicta S-Type.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

It might look old, but this car is just 1 year old, made in 2016. Atalanta Motors made only 22 cars in late 1930s, all with different specifications. The new cars are built to order, hand crafted from scratch, all British made. The company is based at Bicester Heritage.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

A 1901 Toledo Steam Car, isn’t it fantastic?

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

The last car I’m sharing is the 1914 Fafnir Hall-Scott Special.

* I was invited. All opinions are my own.

Bridgestone Event

Last week I’ve been to a blogging event organized by Bridgestone at Chateau Impney, a stunning hotel, as you can see in the picture below. The gardens are so beautiful, I had to take a couple of pictures there.

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Bridgestone is a brand I know from F1 when they were supplying Ferrari. I was a Schumacher fan for a long time, since I’ve started watching the races a few years ago (19 to be more precise, gosh, that sounds like a lot). Bridgestone is the largest company of tyres and rubber products worldwide. It was established in 1931 in Japan. Today it has 13 manufacturing plants and offices in 35 countries; that is impressive.

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The event was focused on a run flat tyre called DriveGuard. This tyre will allow you to drive for at least another 50 miles at 50mph, while giving the same comfort and performance in wet conditions as any other premium tyre. I think that is fantastic. It doesn’t matter where the damage is done, even if it’s on the sidewalls. It can be fitted on most cars with TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system). The tyre is fully recyclable at the end of its life.

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Nature in Art Museum

According to their website, Nature in Art Museum is the world’s first museum and art gallery dedicated to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature. I had to visit this museum as I love nature in art. The museum is small, but filled with wonderful paintings, ceramics and sculptures. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the museum, but I took some pictures outside, in the beautiful gardens.

 Nature in Art Museum

Nature in Art Museum is housed in Wallsworth Hall, an 18th century Georgian mansion. The architecture of the building is beautiful. From the 1740s and until 1987 when it was bought by Nature in Art Trust the building has an interesting history, you can read about it here.

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What I’ve been reading

This post comes a little sooner as I have lots of things to talk about at the end of the month, with us being away at some amazing events and on a short holiday.


It’s unlikely I will finish another book by the end of the month anyway. As I finished 4 books this month, it brings the total of books read this year to 30. I had no idea I will read so much this year. I’m watching less TV and I also spend less time online, so it’s great. Not that watching TV or staying online is a bad thing, but I think I have a better ratio at the moment. Reading before bedtime helps me sleep better too.

 The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The story of Mary, the other Boleyn girl, but in fact the first of the two Boleyn sisters to have a relationship with King Henry VIII. I loved the book, Mary is a likeable character, while Anne and George are portrayed less than nice. While someone who likes Anne might have difficulty with the image she has in this book, for me the book is perfect.
Mary is a lovely girl, in search for love, but manipulated by her family. She was married, but, even so, she had two children with Henry before he started his affair with Anne and put Mary aside. She married her second husband, William Stafford, in secret and they had a wonderful relationship. He was a second son, without any lands or wealth. They loved each other, she trusted him and he was in love with her. It’s a beautiful story.

I looked into the history of Mary and their love story seems like it was real. Mary wrote in a letter addressed to Thomas Cromwell: “I had rather beg my bread with him than to be the greatest queen in Christendom. And I believe verily … he would not forsake me to be a king.”. Heartwarming, isn’t it?

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At Sudley House in Liverpool it’s a special exhibition called Transformation – One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe. Both the museum and the exhibition are free.

Transformation - One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe

Peter Farrer was born in Surrey in 1926 and lived in Liverpool for many years. His father was a schoolmaster and a clergyman. He started cross-dressing from the age of 14. He died this year aged 90. He had an interest in women’s period costumes and he collected garments, evening dresses from the 30s to 80s. He liked dresses made from taffeta. The exhibition displays 21 garments from Peter’s wardrobe.

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How I prepare for 5k

For the last two years I went each year on a 5k race, both very enjoyable: Run or Dye and Color Run. This year I’m going on a serious 5k race: Women’s Running Race Series, sponsored by Roots Collective. I want to get a good time, so I have to prepare. I made a schedule that works with the other things I have to do. I allowed one month for training. I’m relatively fit to begin with, so I think a month is enough.

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In this post I’m going to talk about the workouts, the food and drinks. These delicious blends by Roots Collective will help me get to my goals. If you follow my blog, you know that I try to eat as healthy as I can. Recently I blogged about 1 year of daily smoothies and a few months ago I’ve challenged myself to have 10-a-day for 1 week.

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This is the program I’ve created for this month. After I’ll finish it, I’m going to talk about the program again, to see how it went. I don’t think running is enough to get ready for a race, so I inserted a few Insanity cardio workouts in the program. I did Insanity back in 2012 and it felt great, it’s a hard working out regime, but it’s so good. When I say it’s hard, it’s really really hard. But this is how I can get good results in a short period of time, so it’s worth it.

I made sure I can do that workout in that day and I hope I can finish it as it is. So far I did what I planned and I’m very happy with the progress.

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Festus and the pigeon

On Father’s Day we spent some time in the garden with Festus. He had a couple of toys to play with. One of the pigeons who has his nest on our neighbour’s tree arrived for his breakfast. Of course, he wasn’t bothered by Festus. He is used to Festus and that makes me think he is the same pigeon that had the nest close to us a couple of years ago. I think they are more comfortable with Festus as there aren’t any cats in our garden. We make sure we chase any cats from the garden, as we don’t want them to come when Festus is in the garden. Unlike with the pigeons, Festus is very interested in cats.

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Festus with the 3rd toy he played with that day.

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