It’s that time of year when towns across Shropshire are holding their annual Christmas light switch on ceremonies.
CarFest – a worthy way to spend a weekend
Even as just a day visitor it was plain to see how enjoyable it would be to have spent the full weekend at CarFest North.
CarFest is the latest car festival for car lovers, but with a difference. Not only is it a car festival, but a music and food festival all rolled into one!
Devised by BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Presenter Chris Evans, the event is described as â€œA two-day family-friendly festival combining high-octane action from an amazing array of racing, classic and supercars, fabulous food plus live music from top bands.”
The event was hosted over two weekends with one weekend at CarFest South, Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton, Hampshire and much nearer to home, CarFest North at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. With proceeds going to BBC charity Children In Need, it was nice to see how many companies, manufactories and car owners were taking part.
CarFest is a car lovers dream, with a range of simply amazing cars on show, with some open for you to sit in and dream for a split second this was your car!
On show were Chris’s own ‘Magnificent 7′ Ferraris plus European Supercars, US Supercars, Far East Supercars, Motorsport, 7 cars worth Â£1million, Anniversaries, Group B Rally Cars, Vintage, Celebritiesâ€™ cars, Design Classics, Gorgeous and Unusual Collection.
There were also some ultra rare exotic super cars including the brand new Aston Martin Vanquish, priced around Â£189,995, plus the famously fast Buggati Veyron. Elsewhere there were some tremendously noisy old Formula 1 cars including an old Benetton and an especially noisy Lotus.
Hasbro, the multinational toy and board game company, had a particularly interesting stand, next to which stood an enormous American style â€˜Optimus Primeâ€™ truck from Transformers fame.
With a whole host of stands to look round for hours the event also included a Hill Climb with every type of car taking part, Â we stood near the paddocksÂ andÂ watched as one amazing car after another zoomed past.
Music was also a big part of the festival with two days of great acts and an electric atmosphere with Chris Evans on stage to get the crowd worked into a frenzy. The magnificent musical line up included the likes of Texas, Paloma Faith, The Proclaimers, Counterfeit Stones, Razorlight, The Magic Numbers, Merrymouth and Ultimate Eagles with different artists performing each day.
Saturday was perfect weather, with sun shining it was hot with blue skies, absolutely perfect weatherÂ for some jaw dropping aerial displays, a big vocal pointÂ of the show, with legendary planes such as the thoroughly British Spitfire, with some death-defying stunts.
Chris Evans is a legendary petrol head and was always mixing with festival goers and signing autographs, he is also much taller than expected at over 6ft. Chris said the event included his greatest passions:
â€œCarfest is my dream of the perfect family festival, starring some of my greatest passions â€“ cars, live music and scrumptious food.â€
All three were combined here into one truly enjoyable weekend.
Written By Matty Preston
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