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Just over three years ago, popular BBC2 broadcaster Chris Evans made his dream a reality when he created the very first CarFest, a fundraising event that celebrated his passion for cars, rocking music artists and a good love of cake. Now in its third successful year, CarFest 2014 is back and raising money for BBC Children in Need.
To date, the previous four CarFests have proved to be an enormous success with more than 200,000 visitors together with an intoxicating mix of fast cars, live music and great festival food, raising over £2 million for BBC Children in Need.
This summer’s CarFest North promises to be just as spectacular, taking place within the beautiful grounds of 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.
Chris Evans said: “The wonderful world of CarFest is back. 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!”
Including Evans’ own ‘Magnificent 7’ collection of Ferraris, the Track Sprint line-up of supercars 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 a 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, and it has been confirmed that he will be back in action this August to perform more daring stunts.
The Showground will once again be filled with massive stunts and huge displays while the Outdoor Play Area will contain the very best children’s entertainers and performers. Britain’s Best Pavilion will showcase food and drink created by small producers from throughout the UK, and the equally popular Cakes v Pies competition returns, too, with judges again including TV personalities Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
Air displays are another huge attraction and will include the RAF Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight among the flying favourites.
And finally, if that’s not enough, a host of famous bands will also be strutting their stuff on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, compered by Chris Evans himself. This year’s headliners include Erasure, Eliza Doolittle, Simple Minds, Seasick Steve, Scouting for Girls, Jools Holland, The Feeling, 10cc, Chas & Dave, Jamie Cullum and Texas.
CarFest South is already a complete sell-out but there are still a few remaining tickets for CarFest North on Friday and Sunday at Oulton Park. For more information and for all the latest news, visit the official CarFest website at www.carfest.org.