Just over three years ago BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Chris Evans had a dream – to create a fundraising event that celebrated his passion for fast cars, rocking music artists and a love of good cake. Now in its third year CarFest returns with plenty of good honest fun for Children in Need.
To date the four hugely successful, sell-out CarFests have wowed more than 200,000 visitors and the intoxicating mix of fast cars, live music and great festival food have raised over £2m for BBC Children in Need.
This summer’s CarFest North takes place at Oulton Park in Cheshire from 1-3 August. Three weeks later CarFest South returns to Laverstoke Park Farm near Basingstoke in Hampshire over the 22-24 August Bank Holiday weekend.
“The wonderful world of CarFest is back,” exclaimed an expectant Evans. “Prepare yourselves for a feast of fabulous festival food, marvellous fast cars and live shows from the kind of bands we all love. It’s going to be utterly, scrumptiously fantastic!”
Topped by Evans’ own ‘Magnificent 7’ collection of amazing Ferraris, the Track Sprint line-up of dazzling cars sticks with the Sevens theme with lots of new and exciting categories being fuelled for 2014. There’s a Rock Star Seven, Hod Rod Seven, Movie Car Seven as well as more familiar F1 and Rally Sevens. The special Anniversary Seven will include Nick Mason’s stunning Maserati 250F to celebrate the Italian company’s centenary, while the Muscle Car Seven will feature Ford’s newly revealed 2015 Mustang to mark 50 years of the American classic.
Laverstoke Park Farm, home to CarFest South, is the renowned organic/biodynamic farm owned by former Formula One World Champion Jody Scheckter. Last year Scheckter performed some dramatic demo runs in his title winning Ferrari and unique Grand Prix winning six-wheeled Tyrrell F1 cars – he will be back in action come August.
Away from the Track Sprint, the popular Showground will once again be packed with massive stunts and huge displays while the Outdoor Play Area will be filled with the very best children’s entertainers and performers. Britain’s Best Pavilion is another much loved CarFest attraction – it showcases food and drink created by small producers from throughout the UK. The equally popular Cakes v Pies competition returns, too, with judges again including TV personalities Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
Air displays are also a huge attraction with the RAF Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight among the flying favourites.
As if the magical sounds of Merlin and Ferrari V12 engines aren’t enough aural excitement for one weekend, a host of famous bands will also be strutting their stuff on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings on stages compered by the inimitable Evans. This year’s bill toppers include Erasure, Eliza Doolittle, Simple Minds, Seasick Steve, Scouting for Girls, Jools Holland, The Feeling, 10cc, Chas & Dave, Jamie Cullum and Texas.
While CarFest South again is a complete sell-out and all weekend tickets for CarFest North have also been snapped up, there are a few remaining Friday and Sunday tickets available for Oulton Park.
For more information on how to procure the few remaining tickets and all the latest news, visit the official CarFest website at www.carfest.org.