The winner of the newly-launched Footman James Cup, a prestigious award for the best car in the paddock, will be announced at this year’s Flywheel at Bicester Heritage. The celebration of classic wings and wheels takes place at the country's best-preserved Second World War bomber station, Oxfordshire, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2017.
More than 100-competition cars are set to take to the demonstration track at the unique event, which also features an action-packed programme of aerial displays. The partnership with specialist vehicle insurance broker Footman James, new for this year, will see a shortlist of ten exceptional cars selected in advance by a panel of experts and put up for a public vote in the run-up to the festival, with the overall winner announced at Flywheel on the Sunday.
Voting opens on Friday 2nd June, where visitors to the Footman James website (www.footmanjames.co.uk
) can choose their favourite car from the shortlist. Those that vote will also be eligible to enter a prize draw. The winner will receive a free family ticket to Flywheel and an exclusive, high-octane, passenger ride in either a classic Jaguar E-Type, Ford Mustang or Classic Porsche 911 courtesy of U Drive Cars.
Richard Grafton, Director of Flywheel, said: “We work closely with our partners to ensure that the relationships we create deliver real value to our event participants, visitors and enthusiasts. The passion which Footman James has for the classic motoring sector, and its knowledge of the people and vehicles involved, made it the ideal partner for Flywheel. With the Footman James Cup, we are able to bring something truly special to this year’s event and we hope it becomes a regular feature.”
David Bond, Director at Footman James, added: “We are delighted to be involved in Flywheel this year; the excitement around the event and Bicester Heritage as a venue encapsulates everything that is great about this industry. The Footman James Cup, we hope, will capture the imagination of all involved and we are looking forward to seeing the entries. We’re also delighted that the public will have their say in deciding the winner and we encourage enthusiasts to get involved and choose their favourite.”