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Tuesday, 5 August 2014
CAR FEST NORTH @ OULTON PARK
THE PERFECT FUN-FILLED
• Chris Evans hosts the fifth of his entertainment packed CarFest festivals • Track Sprint topped by the broadcaster’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Ferraris • Live music from Jools Holland, Seasick Steve, Erasure and Simple Minds • All raising significant sums for BBC Children in Need
The sun has now set on the first of
this year’s two rip-roaring CarFest family extravaganzas, sending more
than 55,000 festival goers home with smiles on their faces and springs
in their steps.
Staged at the scenic Oulton Park racetrack near Chester, CarFest North
was another spectacular success with record crowds of all ages refusing
to let the wet weather on Friday and Saturday dampen their spirits. They
joyfully experienced a feast of spectacular cars, the finest festival
food and great live music all washed down with lashings of fun-filled
entertainment and sideshows.
The award-winning CarFest concept was dreamt up by BBC Radio 2
broadcaster Chris Evans little more than two years ago to be the
‘perfect family festival’ and, with the indefatigable media personality
leading from the front, the clouds were never going to spoil the amazing
show. “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.
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 Ferrari 250 GTO, Ferrari 512 and
Maserati 250F wowed the crowds. The 2007 World Superbike Champion James
Toseland was in action, too, behind the wheel of a significant Honda NSX
once driven by F1 legend Ayrton Senna.
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. Then there was
a selection of tyre burning hot rods and dramatic drifters, a
mouth-watering line-up of supercars including Lamborghini’s latest
Huracan and some weird a wonderful creations topped by Edd China from
the Discovery Channel’s Wheeler Dealer programme riding on a motorised
bathroom on wheels!
BBC Television presenters Paul Hollywood and Louise Minchin were are
among the famous faces taking to picturesque Cheshire circuit –
Hollywood helped to judge the ever-popular Cakes v Pies competition. The
loudest cheers from the packed crowd – and thus overall victory – went
to the Pork & Egg Pie with wholemeal hot water crust made by Sally
Heywood from Anglesey.
Indeed festival food is another of the key ingredients at CarFest with
many of the UK’s top caterers serving up the best possible festival food
while the ‘Britain’s Best Tent’ once again hosted many of this
country’s finest small food and drink producers as well as a host of
workshops for foodies.
With copious air displays, anniversary parades, sideshows, shopping
stalls, car club displays, stunt riders, jousters, the Lamb National
sheep races plus a multitude of children’s entertainment it’s easy to
see how CarFest once again more than lived up to Evans’ original dream
of the ‘perfect family festival’.
Then, as the chequered flag fell on the Track Performance, so the music
struck up on the Main Stage. Erasure and Eliza Doolittle topped the
Friday night line-up with Simple Minds, Tom Odell, Scouting for Girls
and the inimitable Seasick Steve – described as the world’s best current
live act by Evans – all got the crowds dancing on Saturday evening.
Sunday’s cast was every bit as foot-tapping with Texas, 10cc, The
Feeling, Sophie Ellis-Bexter all performing before Jools Holland and
special guests Marc Almond, Melanie C and Ruby Turner sent everyone home
in high spirits.
All the live acts were, of course, introduced by the omnipresent and
ebullient Evans. CarFest now moves to Laverstoke Park Farm for the sold
out CarFest South to be staged over the August Bank Holiday weekend
For all the latest news about the event visit the official CarFest website at www.carfest.org.
Top: Chris Evans with his LeFerrari at CarFest North Bottom top right: Chris Evans driving Nick Mason's Ferrari 250 GTO at CarFest North Bottom main and bottom top left: Chris Evans and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at CarFest North Bottom second row left: Paul Hollywood at CarFest North Bottom second row right: Music fans had lots to savour at CarFest North Bottom third row left: 2004 and 2007 World Superbike Champion James Toseland and Ayrton Senna's Honda NSX Bottom third row right: Tyre burning action at CarFest North