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Little Classics News: 27 August 2014

Classics Raise £1.5 Million for Charity through CarFest

Best ever CarFest party sets new records

This year’s two CarFest petrol-head family festivals have been hailed as the ‘biggest and best yet’, and more importantly have raised record funds for BBC Children in Need.

CarFest South – the second of the cars, cakes and music extravaganzas was staged at Laverstoke Park Farm near Basingstoke over the August Bank Holiday weekend (22-24 August). Once again the star-studded event was a total sell-out. When added to the proceeds from CarFest North held earlier this month, CarFest is set to raise £1.5million for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Classic cars on track

"Thank you, thank you, thank you… here's to everyone who has helped make this year's two wonderful CarFests ever bigger, even brighter and even better than ever before,” said DJ Chris Evans, who hosted both events with his usual energy. “Most importantly they've raised record amounts of money for BBC Children in Need, so while we've being having so much fun, it's great to know that this money is hard at work elsewhere in the UK helping others have a better time, too.

James Martin with the classic Ferrari

Highlights came thick and fast during the three high-octane days. Fronted by Evans’ own ‘Magnificent Seven’ collection of fabulous Ferraris, the central Hill Climb featured a host of weird and wonderful machines ranging from priceless supercars to motorised items of furniture.

Classic Ferrari

Motor sport personalities present included former F1 team bosses Patrick Head and Nick Fry while those performing on the Hill Climb included multiple Grand Prix winner Mark Webber, Bruno Senna and Jody Schecker – the 1979 F1 World Champion who owns the organic/biodynamic Laverstoke Park Farm venue.

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Webber wowed the crowd with a fund-raising blast in a range-topping Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, Senna did likewise behind the wheel of a Honda NSX once driven by his uncle Ayrton Senna while Scheckter stormed up his own farm drive in a selection of his Ferrari and Tyrrell GP winners.

Plans for future CarFests, as well as confirmation of total funds raised for BBC Children in Need in 2014, will be announced in the coming months.


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