British Radio DJ and car collector Chris Evans fronts up his dream car festival with a showcase of some of the rarest and hottest cars in the world.
After all the expectation, planning and feverish preparations, Chris Evans' eagerly anticipated CarFest South was universally hailed as a massive success.
Held over the grounds of Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton, Hampshire - the organic/biodynamic farm founded by 1979 F1 Formula One World Champion Jody Scheckter - the inaugural CarFest lived up to all the hype, wowing a sell-out crowd of 20,000 festival-goers with two-days of fun-filled entertainment.
As Evans desired when first dreaming up his CarFest concept, the spectacular festival featured high-octane action from the amazing array of racing, classic and supercars, fabulous food plus live music from top bands all raising much-needed funds for BBC Children in Need appeal.
Incredibly Evans only dreamt up CarFest in March as his own personal interpretation of the perfect festival weekend. Now, in the space of just five months, the DJ's fantasy has been turned into sparkling reality first with CarFest South and soon with CarFest North, a second festival featuring an almost identical line-up of dazzling entertainment.
"CarFest South done and dusted. And absolutely brilliant," enthused a delighted Evans. "Does the organic grass of Laverstoke Park cope with torrential rain better than standard festival grass? It seems it might. After three brief but brutal weather fronts paid us a visit on Saturday, the grass soaked up any troublesome mud and the party continued. Historic fly-pasts overhead, aerobatic displays from The RN and The Blades and The RAF Red Arrows, more fab live music than might be good for one person and the thousands of kids present self-policing the event. It was awesome. Thank you to the local council, the local constabulary and all those wonderful Overtonians who came along and joined in the fun. And fun that thus far has raised at least £750k for BBC Children In Need. I say! We'll done everyone - now bring on CarFest North on the 8th and 9th of September."
Away from the iconic cars, the equally impressive array of live music performances headlined by The Feeling and Texas on Saturday and The Magic Numbers and Razorlight on Sunday was at the heart of the general entertainment, adding to the traditional festival atmosphere. Alongside the popular performing bands, a feast of non-stop family fun was on offer throughout the weekend ranging from JCB Dancing Diggers to a silent disco and 'Cake versus Pie' competitions.
With the dust barely settled in Hampshire, the great CarFest extravaganza now moves to Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire for CarFest North on 8-9 September. Despite selling out within hours of tickets going on-sale, an extended licence has enabled organisers to offer some additional day, weekend and VIP tickets. To buy tickets go to www.CarFest.org.
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