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Little Classics News: 4 August 2014

Carfest Draws 55,000 to Oulton Park

Chris Evans in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The sun has now set on the first of this year’s brace of CarFest car shows, having hosted over 55,000 festival goers over last weekend at Oulton Park racetrack in Cheshire.

“We danced the rain away!” said the ever-bouyant Evans. “Sure, we splashed our way through a few puddles but the party revved up and rocked on. Most importantly, though, we have all raised yet more money for BBC Children in Need. A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who came along: the parents, the children, the performers, those who provided all the fabulous cars – all those who came to the CarFest party and made it so special. Best of all, though, we are going to do it all over again at Jody Scheckter’s farm in Hampshire later this month. The festivities rock on… ”

To date the four CarFest events staged in 2012 and 2013 have raised more than £2 million for the charity helping to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Chris Evans and his LaFerrari at CarFest North

All three days kicked off with an extraordinary and eclectic showcase of cars. Evans himself opened all five Track Sprints driving both his magical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang before switching to Ferrari’s sensational new LaFerrari hypercar. Notable among those revving up in Evans’ wheel-tracks was Pink Floyd drummer and renowned car enthusiast, Nick Mason. A selection of wonderful and priceless cars from his collection including a priceless classic Ferrari 250 GTO, Ferrari 512 and Maserati 250F wowed the crowds.

Other motor sport highlights included several F1 cars, various iconic rally cars plus the unique Rover-BRM gas turbine car that was raced at Le Mans by Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart back in 1965.

The extended Track Parade wasn’t all about racing and rallying, though. For film lovers there were cars from Transformers plus the amazing pink six-wheeled FAB 1 from the 2004 Thunderbirds movie. Honda’s world record beating 130mph mower was another whacky crowd pleaser, as was an array of past and present Ford Mustangs celebrating the American icon’s 50th birthday.

CarFest now moves to Laverstoke Park Farm for the sold out CarFest South to be staged over the August Bank Holiday weekend (22-24 August).


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