By: Sam Bisby
The delights of Goodwood have past, but that doesn’t mean we’re done for celebrating everything automotive this summer. Car-Fest returns this weekend, firstly at Oulton Park in Cheshire before travelling over to Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire.
Devised by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans in aid of Children in Need, Car-Fest is very much an event for the whole family and doesn’t completely revolve around the motoring element. There’s a versatile selection of star attractions, the best of which we’ve outlined below.
OK, so we’ve got to talk about the cars first; it is called Car-Fest after all. The motoring element is all about sevens; Evans’ personal collection of rare machines goes by the name of the Magnificent Seven and is comprised completely of legendary Ferraris such as the 250 GT SWB, the 275 GTS Spyder and even his newest addition, the LaFerrari.
Looking back at past motorsport examples is the Historic Seven featuring Formula One cars from the likes of Arrows, Lotus and Benetton. Meanwhile, the Race Car Seven will have such models as the Ferrari Daytona LM, BMW 3.5 CSL and a Nissan 300 ZX previously owned by the one and only Paul Newman.
Filmophiles will love the Movie Car Seven which will have on display the likes of Transformers’ Bumble Bee Camaro, the FAB 1 from Thunderbirds and the DeLorean from Back to the Future.
Other collections include modern supercars, rally legends and a Maserati anniversary line-up.
Food, glorious food
The Laverstoke Farm venue will be home to a vast collection of organic food which will be on offer to the public. The fresh selection includes breakfast favourites (nitrate-free bacon rolls, for example), lunch foods right up to supper and everything in between. Special dietary requirements are also very well catered for.
Both venues will feature food and drink from UK produces based all over our Isles; delights include fudge, fine wine and delicious muffins, as well as gluten-free breads.
Back for 2014 is Cakes v Pies where a panel of judges will be getting stuck into some of the best homemade treats made by the public. Chris Evans himself will be on the panel as the crowd get involved, too.
Pumping up the volume
As the best festivals do so, there is also a rather brilliant spread of live bands and artists across the weekend’s event. There’s a mix of the retro and the modern as acts such as Erasure, Simple Minds and Jools Holland are joined by Eliza Doolittle, Seasick Steve and The Feeling.
Evans and the team have also selected a number of cover bands such as Coldplace (Coldplay), Kings Ov Leon (Kings of Leon) and One Night of Queen (Queen).
Keeping the kids happy
There is a large array of activities that will no doubt have the kids enjoying themselves during their day, if not the whole weekend. The Kids’ Driving World is possibly the biggest attraction for the young ones who will be given the chance to drive mini tanks and even diggers, as well as quad bikes and somewhat challengingly, a Penny Farthing.
A monster truck on show will be quite the spectacle for everyone, never mind your children; meanwhile, the Lamb National sees hand-picked sheep test their jumping skills. The noisy toys tent will allow kids to discover music like they never seen or heard before, while the Bouncy Castle Kingdom makes its Car-Fest return.
Car-Fest graces Cheshire’s Oulton Park August 1-3 and moves onto Laverstoke Park Farm over August 22-24.
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