CarFest North 2012
The Cheshire grounds of Cholmondeley Castle saw the first ever CarFest North take place.
The Cheshire grounds of Cholmondeley Castle saw the first ever CarFest North take place, the event being the brainchild of DJ and car enthusiast, Chris Evans.Under blue skies the two day festival was packed with visitors of all ages to enjoy a mix of cars, camping, food and music, all in aid of the BBC charity, Children in Need. The Sprint took up part of the hill climb usually used at the annual Pageant of Power. A mixture of single seaters, rally and road cars raced along the straight. It was all about the number 7 and Chris’ magnificent Seven, all of which were Ferrari’s dating back as far as 1961 took to the tarmac, as did groups of seven cars. Group B rally cars were some of the most sophisticated cars ever built and are legendary amongst fans due to their power and speed. Icons such as the Audi Quattro S1 and the Peugeot 205 T16 were parked up, and making an appearance was former World Champion and current rally driver, Petter Solberg, who in his excitement managed to set fire to a couple of hay bales lining the course. Formula One fans were not left out and a 1989 Camel Lotus was noticeable in it’s striking yellow as was the colourful 1993 Benetton Ford. A Bowler Nemesis was part of the Motorsport Seven group as was the late Colin McRae’s Ford Focus from the World Rally Championship. Car clubs showcased a mixture of old and new for visitors to get up close to. From Metro to Mercedes Benz to Lotus, all likes were catered for. The manufacturers also had stands with their latest offerings, so you could jump into the Jaguar XKR and see if it would suit, or try out the more affordable Kia range. The unusual site of JCB dancing diggers to welly wanging and segway racing provided visual entertainment, as well as a fly past from a couple of RAF Tornados over the Cholmondely estate. Kids were catered for with a driving school, where they could get their hands on miniature Land Rovers and tanks, food workshops, zorbing, a silent disco...the list was endless. With music acts over the weekend such as Paloma Faith, Texas and Razorlight bringing the days activities to an end, fireworks on the first evening brought the curtain down on an event that will have raised over £750,000 for BBC Children in Need.
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