The Vintage Hot Rod Association are introducing an all-new event for 2024, so we invite you to join us at Bicester Heritage on the Sunday 25th August 2024 for the inaugural running of Throttle Auto Races.
This exciting new event will see traditional hot rods and customs roaring around Bicester Heritage's Experience and Demonstration Track, which at just under 1km in length, has six technical turns and a long straight to test cars to the full. The track is increasingly becoming known as an iconic testing and filming location, so we figured Bicester Heritage was the perfect place for the VHRA to host a new event.
Whilst track time at Throttle is exclusively for members of the VHRA and their VHRA eligible vehicles, spectating is open to all, including access to the pits. We encourage you to come along in your own historic vehicles; hot rods, customs, Yanks, motorbikes, classics and vintage, they're all welcome to attend Throttle Auto Races. Numbers on all tickets are limited, however, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Gates open at 9.30am to the public, then at 10am the flag will drop for the first hot rod to lap the track. We'll then be running all day through to 4pm, with just a short stop for lunch. There will be food and drink available on site throughout the day.
For more info and to book for Throttle Auto Races, click HERE.
Bicester Heritage - Launton, Bicester OX26 5HA
Founded in 2013, Bicester Heritage has gone from a standing start to a home for over 45 specialist businesses, and growing. The unique ecosystem of businesses based at a beautiful 444 acre former WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station acts as ‘marina-like’ cluster, promoting skills and expertise, employment, qualified customer footfall, shared business incubation and aggregate growth. Collectively, Bicester Heritage is all about driving the future of the past.
The former RAF Bicester site on which Bicester Heritage is now based is of national historic importance. Neglected for the best part of 40 years, it was added to Historic England’s ‘At Risk Register’ in 2008 and designated the most ‘at risk’ of all Defence Estates in the UK. Since Bicester Heritage’s tenure, over 95% of the buildings have been delicately restored or re-activated for modern business use, with the site now held as a national exemplar of constructive conservation by Historic England. The time-warp base is truly unmatched in evocative character, with even the paint colours being correct to 1930s British Standards. An active airfield and test track complete it’s dynamic operation.
Accommodation and more
Throttle Auto Races is a one day event so there is no camping available on site. However, if you want to make a weekend away of it, there are a number of hotels in the local area, for which Google will be your friend to help you find something suitable. Just a short drive from the venue is Bicester Village, a designer outlet shopping centre on the outskirts of town. Bizarrely, it is the second most visited location in the United Kingdom by Chinese tourists, after Buckingham Palace, and is home to a multitude of designer brands and quality eateries.
Throttle is open to all to attend, however track time is limited to VHRA members and their VHRA eligible cars. Tickets are sold on a pre-entry basis only and there will be no tickets available on the day. Bookings can be made online below. If you book a track pass, you get as much track time as you can squeeze in, there are no limits to the number of runs you have. Only competing cars will have access to the pits, but spectators can enter on foot. Historic vehicles will have allocated parking elsewhere. All vehicles outside of this criteria will have to be parked in the car park. No refunds on any tickets. If VHRA membership is allowed to lapse before the event, track passes will become invalid. Dogs on leads are welcome. This is a single day event and camping is not available. Strictly no trailers or car transporters as space is at a premium. Full details of entry and rules & regulations are on this page.
VHRA Member's Track Passes - pre-entry only - SOLD OUT
Track passes are £65, which includes admission for the car, driver and one passenger, as well as time on the track and are limited to one per member/booking. Additional passengers or those arriving in a different car must book a General Admission or Children's Ticket. Pre-entry for track passes closes midday 16th August 2024, there will be no tickets available on the day. Early booking is advised as there are limited places on the track available. There will be a reserve list once all Track Passes are sold.
General Admission Tickets - pre-entry only
General entry is £15 per person. Pre-entry closes midday 24th August 2024, there will be no tickets available on the day. Early booking is advised as there are limited places available.
Children's Tickets - pre-entry only
Children under-16 are £5 each. ID may be required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-entry closes midday 24th August 2024, there will be no tickets available on the day. Early booking is advised as there are limited places available.
Competing Car Details
Vehicular access to the pits and time on the track is only available to VHRA members and their VHRA eligible vehicles that have booked track time. Cars outside of this remit will not be permitted to compete. Only one car per member is allowed. Cars may be subject to a safety inspection. Please note that runs will not be officially timed. Front seat passengers are allowed and do not need to be a member of the VHRA. No rear seat passengers are to be carried. Sorry, no passengers under 16 years of age. Helmets are required in open cars. A decibel meter will be in place and cars exceeding 100db will not be allowed to run. Any number of drivers are allowed per vehicle. All drivers must hold a valid driving licence. All drivers and passengers, must complete an IOPD waiver before being allowed on the track. Please do not bring your car on a trailer or car transporter as space is at a premium. Track Passes cannot be transferred to another member of your choice, those on the reserve list come first. Change of vehicle must be notified to the VHRA not less than ten days before the event. Entry to the event for competing cars is from 8.30am and the track will be open from 10am to 4pm, with a break for lunch. Full details of signing on will be emailed to entrants nearer the event.
We only issue press passes to a few select applicants with priority going to those we feel will best represent the VHRA. Applications must be made in writing by email to email@example.com. When applying, include a link to your website, social media, details of publications featuring your work and who you will be representing. Any form of recording or photography for commercial purposes requires the formal consent of the VHRA for which there may be a fee payable. Press applications come to a close on 1st August 2024, earlier if all passes are allocated. Due to the number of requests received we may not respond to all applicants.