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CarFest South 2019: everything you need to know

CarFest South 2019 is underway

This year’s double whammy of Chris Evans’ CarFest continues apace this Bank Holiday weekend, with the southern edition taking place from Friday 23 August until Sunday 25 August.

Here’s our whistle-stop guide to CarFest South 2019.

CarFest: general info

Chris Evans

This is the seventh year that CarFest, the brainchild of Chris Evans to raise money for BBC Children in Need, has run. It might surprise you to note that it’s not all about cars, too. There’s plenty for music and food lovers to enjoy.

CarFest North has already taken place, in Chester, while CarFest South is underway in Overton in Hampshire. It’s held at 1979 Formula 1 World Champion Jody Scheckter’s Laverstoke Park Farm, which is famous for its buffalo mozzarella. 

The website refers to CarFest as “a place to have a great time doing great things. It’s about making more marvellous memories for families”. A Google reviewer referred to it as “Radio 2 in a field” in his five-star review, so take that how you will…

How do I get to CarFest?

CarFest South is actually something you can search for on Google maps. Generally speaking, heading towards Basingstoke is a good place to start. That means heading westbound on the M3 from London, south on the A34 from Oxford or eastbound on the A303 if you’re coming from Devon or Cornwall.

What’s on at CarFest?

CarFest 2019

As above. Cars, music and food, and lots of it. From the latest supercars, to historic racers, and everything in between, there’s plenty for car lovers. Of course there is – it wouldn’t be CarFest if there wasn’t.

Auto Trader, a headline sponsor for the event, will this year be showcasing a range of winners from this year’s New Car Awards.

The new Starfest stage will feature appearances from celebrities such as Rob Brydon, Roger Daltrey, Rick Astley, Ricky Wilson and Sharleen Spiteri amongst others.

There’s also the ‘Clubfest’ stage for the clubbers among you, plus ‘Carfeast’, which features the CarFest pub, as well as a chocolate factory and daily street parties with lots to cook and eat.

“We’ll be celebrating the joy of feasting together as a family. It’s about cooking together, eating together, creating recipes together, drinking together and celebrating together at the Street Party.”

CarFest essentials: what to pack

  • A tent, if you’re camping
  • Bottled water, and lots of it
  • Sun cream – the weekend is projected to be hot!
  • A camera, to capture all the fun
  • A smartphone, to share your experience on social media

Are you heading there? Use the comments section to let us know what you thought of CarFest 2019. And be sure to read our guide to the best motoring events of 2019.

Watch: CarFest South 2018

Caffeine & Machine opening weekend

Caffeine & Machine is the buzzing new retreat for petrolheads

Caffeine & Machine opening weekendCaffeine and Machine is a new coffee house, bar, restaurant and B&B that celebrates cars and motorcycles in the most unashamedly passionate way – and proof that petrolheads are already embracing the concept has come from the crowds flocking to its opening weekend. 

Located in Ettington, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Caffeine and Machine has seen a local B&B and restaurant , The Houndshill, transformed into a destination for enthusiasts of every persuasion. Everyone is welcome, nothing is frowned upon: “No judgement, no sneering, no worries.”

The main house has been fully redeveloped in an exhaustive (and high end) refurbishment, and the grounds remodelled to be car- and motorcycle-friendly. Supercar friendly at that, judging by the number of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches who were there for the opening day.

Caffeine & Machine opening weekend

Outside, a huge marquee tent supplies the caffeine to complement the machines, fuelling what will surely be regular ‘cars and coffee’ meets at the site in months and years to come. Non-drivers could grab a beer from the main house, and the Caffeine and Machine Roadhouse cooked up food that the owners say will have “even die-hard foodies coming back”. I can vouch for how amazing the burgers looked. 

Motoring journalist and TV star Tom Ford is one of the partners in the project led by successful businessman Phil McGovern. On the opening day, he was busy. “I don’t know where to put them all!” he said, as another Ferrari and another Lamborghini turned up on site. With a look of delight, he agreed it was a nice problem to have.

Caffeine & Machine opening weekend

Caffeine and Machine is already on the map, judging by the crowds in attendance, the full car parks, the breathtaking variety of cars that turned up, the dozens of cars parked on the verge outside and in the lanes surrounding the site. The Ace Cafe of the Midlands? The Goodwood of the north? It will be fascinating to see how it develops. 

Having visited it, I can say excitement that everything Caffeine & Machine speaks of on its website appears to be true. I can’t wait to go back. Be sure to visit when you can, and look out for an events calendar to come at some point. It’s everything an unashamed petrolhead like me loves, and I’m certain you’ll feel the same.

“Caffeine and Machine offers everything you expect from a modern member’s club – except you don’t have to be a member to enjoy it”, say the owners. Nailed it: bravo, guys.

Where is Caffeine & Machine? 

In pictures: Caffeine & Machine

Opinion: every town needs a car show as awesome as this

Bristol Queen Square car meet

What’s your favourite kind of car event? I used to be a regular visitor to classic car shows, but always found them a bit stuffy. Local ones often featured the same cars, parked up with their owners sat behind on chairs and told they absolutely must not move their vehicles before 5pm when the great unwashed have left. And, of course, there are the exorbitant fees charged for entry and, once you’re inside, you’re restricted to on-site catering, which will turn a visit to a local show into an expensive day out.

We’ve held a few Retro Live events now which, I think, hit the spot well – formalities kept to a minimum, nothing more than a few hours of car chat on a Sunday morning and breakfast provided. But this Sunday, blurry-eyed after an evening of Eurovision excess, I was dragged along to Bristol’s Queen Square where I was promised a few cool cars would be meeting up for an event like no other. And it was brilliant.

A modified Fiat Uno Turbo rubbed shoulders with a Lamborghini Murcielago, while spectators gathered to watch cars coming and going. There was no strict organisation, no requirements about what constitutes a car worthy of displaying. Arrive when you like, leave when you like. Police were on hand in case anyone got carried away (a few couldn’t resist using a little too much throttle when leaving), but most were well behaved.

My personal favourites included a Guards Red Porsche 944, driven by a middle-aged lady who almost looked like she’d stumbled into the show by accident (a possibility, as it’s held on deserted public roads). A Bond Bug prompted smiles all round, while a man with a Tesla moved it back and forth along the Queen Square cobbles using an app on his phone.

My only concern about the event is that it appears to be teetering on the edge of being a victim of its own success. Friends who are regular visitors tell me it used to be much smaller and more exclusive, and didn’t need a police presence to keep things sensible. Based on that, I’m not going to tell you when the next one is. You’ll have to go and find out.

Tell us about your favourite car events in the comments section below.

The best motoring events of 2017

The best motoring events of 2017

The best motoring events of 2017

January: a time for planning. And car fans will be pleased to hear there is no shortage of motoring events on the agenda for 2017. Why not grab a brew, your shiny new calendar and join us for a look at what we have to look forward to this year?

Ace Cafe German Night (6 February)

If you’re a car enthusiast and have never been to an event at London’s Ace Cafe, make it your resolution to change that in 2017. The historic transport cafe, located on London’s North Circular, plays host to regular themed evenings. The German Night is a must for Mercedes and BMW enthusiasts.

London Classic Car Show, Excel (23 – 26 February)

If classic cars are more your thing, you don’t have to wait long until the London Classic Car Show, held at the Excel in February. The central Grand Avenue will feature more than 50 classic cars in action every day, while a special display will celebrate 70 years of Ferrari road cars.

Race Retro, Stoneleigh (24 – 26 February)

Those who like to see classic race cars being used as their maker intended should head to Warwickshire for Race Retro. Highlights include an auction of historic cars, interviews with legendary racing drivers and, of course, a live rally stage.

Retro Classics, Stuttgart, Germany (2 – 5 March)

Retro Classics, Stuttgart, Germany (2 - 5 March)

Looking for an excuse to travel further afield? Stuttgart hosts Retro Classics, one of the biggest classic motor shows in the world. There’s something for everyone, say organisers, from exotic Maseratis to motorbikes, and even a timeline of European local buses from 1950 to 1955.

Geneva Motor Show (9 – 19 March)

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest events on our calendar – we attend every year to bring you the latest concept and production cars on display in Switzerland’s second biggest city. But you don’t need to be a journalist to attend the Geneva Motor Show, it opens its doors to the public from 9 March, allowing you to get up close with the latest reveals. It makes for a fantastic road trip.

Ultimate Dubs (12 March)

From Geneva to… Telford. Ultimate Dubs is the UK’s largest indoor VW Group event, catering for modified Volkswagens, Audis, SEATs and Skodas. If slammed VW Golfs and Audi TTs with more attitude than a bored teenager are your thing, Ultimate Dubs is the ultimate place to be in March.

BTCC season launch, Donington (16 March)

Where else can you see names such as Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato hammering souped-up road cars on tracks around the UK? The 2017 British Touring Car Championship kicks off at Donington in March.

Goodwood Members’ Meeting, Goodwood (18 – 19 March)

Goodwood Members’ Meeting, Goodwood (18 - 19 March)

The exclusive Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a weekend of motor racing, enjoyed only by members or a small number of lucky ticket holders. By keeping attendance down, spectators can enjoy motorsport with limited crowds. Alternatively, watch it unfold online.

Brooklands Mini Day (19 March)

Brooklands is a historic venue and always worth a visit – but its special Mini Day in March is unmissable for fans of Britain’s favourite pocket-sized car. Drivers of modern MINIs are welcome too.

Great Escape Cars & Coffee, Redditch (26 March)

The best classic car events can involve little more than getting a gathering of enthusiasts (and their motors), giving them coffee and letting them chat cars. Hire firm Great Escape Cars lets enthusiasts do just that – and donates £1 to charity for every classic that turns up.

Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show, NEC, Birmingham (31 March – 2 April)

The Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show is a relatively new addition to the calendar, but 19,000 enthusiasts headed to the NEC for the show in 2016. This year, it promises more than 800 cars on display – from restored classics to neglected barn finds. Adult tickets start at £16 in advance.

The Fast Show, Santa Pod (2 April)

The Fast Show, Santa Pod (2 April)

If your idea of a car show is a village green full of MGBs and, at a push, a beer tent, The Fast Show at Santa Pod probably isn’t for you. It involves an open ‘run what ya brung’ drag strip sessions, a nightclub in the evening and even dancing girls.

Techno Classica, Essen, Germany (5 – 9 April)

The five-day-long Techno Classica show at Essen, Germany, is a must for British classic car fans who’ve outgrown our own shows. It attracts nearly 200,000 visitors from around the world.

Top Marques, Monaco (20 – 23 April)

The Fast Show this is not. Top Marques is held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, and allows visitors to get up close to the world’s hottest supercars. Demonstrations take place on the iconic F1 racetrack and, if you’re a serious supercar buyer, you might even be able to take some test drives.

Drive It Day (23 April)

Drive It Day is a nationwide thing, introduced by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) to encourage classic car owners to drive their cars. It’s held in spring every year – giving enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to get their cars on the road after winter. Events are held all over the country, including at Beaulieu, Brooklands and Gaydon.

Auto Italia – Italian Car Day, Brooklands (29 April)

Auto Italia – Italian Car Day, Brooklands (29 April)

Back to Brooklands, these time for Auto Italia’s fabulous Italian Car Day. Visitors in Italian cars – whether it’s a Fiat or Ferrari – get to park in a special area, while fans can enjoy track demonstrations.

Japfest, Silverstone (30 April)

Meanwhile, over at Silverstone, Japanese car nuts can enjoy the enormous Japfest event. Watch drifting demos, take part in club line-ups and even get out on track. There’s even a show and shine for those who like to keep their motors in mint condition.

Truckfest, Peterborough (30 April – 1 May)

And now for something a bit different. For one weekend, the East of England showground becomes the country’s biggest truck park – with more than 2,000 lorries heading along the A1 to take part. You don’t have to be a trucker to attend, with adult visitor tickets starting at £17.50.

National Kit Car Motor Show, Stoneleigh (30 April – 1 May)

If you like your cars to be of the DIY variety, the National Kit Car Show at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire is a must. From have-a-go opportunities to live music and hundreds of trade stands, there’s plenty for the casual fan as well as the serious kit car enthusiast.

London Motor Show (5 – 7 May)

London Motor Show (5 - 7 May)

After a number of years without a motor show in the UK, the London Motor Show returned last year. And it’s back for 2017 – hosted at Battersea Park, with celebrity guests including Jodie Kidd and former Stig Ben Collins likely to put in appearances.

Mille Miglia (18 – 21 May)

The original Mille Miglia race took place between 1927 and 1957, but has been brought back since 1977. The thousand-mile event crosses Italy and is only open to cars made before 1957 that participated in the original race. While most of us aren’t lucky enough to own such a car, it’s worth a trip to see the spectacle of such exotic motors being put through the challenge.

London to Brighton Mini Run (20 – 21 May)

Who doesn’t like a Mini? The London to Brighton Mini Run takes place every year, with 2,100 Minis old and new taking part in the event. At Madeira Drive in Brighton, there’s a line-up of all the entrants, plus a live action arena featuring autotest demos and stunt bike displays.

Worthersee, Austria (24 – 27 May)

If you’re a VW enthusiast and want to travel a little further afield, the Worthersee Volkswagen festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year. There’s a manufacturer-backed element – usually a few pimped cars and the occasional special reveal alongside Lake Worthersee – but the whole town is taken over by retro and modified Vee-dubs.

Nurburgring 24-hour, Germany (25 – 28 May)

Nurburgring 24-hour, Germany (25 - 28 May)

Why not combine a trip to Worthersee with a visit to the infamous Nurburgring for its annual 24-hour race? More than 200 cars take part in the event on the 15.5 mile Nordschleife circuit, making it a mesmerising spectacle.

Isle of Man TT (27 May – 9 June)

The Isle of Man TT is a must-visit event for bike fans. It’s been taking place every year since 1907, with star racers such as Guy Martin taking to public roads to test their limits. It’s a thrilling event and well worth the cost of a ferry.

Coventry MotoFest (3 – 4 June)

You can imagine the conversation that led to the inaugural Coventry Motofest taking place in 2014. A group of petrolheads got together and decided it’d be fun, for one weekend a year, to take over the city of Coventry with motoring-related activities. Could they show off the city’s motoring heritage, display classic cars in the centre and even hold demonstrations on the ring road? Turns out, yes they could. It’s definitely worth a visit.

Classic Ford Show, Santa Pod (4 June)

Classic Fords, run what ya brung and DJ Pied Piper… wait, what? Yes, the Classic Ford Show at Santa Pod in June really has it all. Well, if you like old Fords, drag racing and tasteless garage music. Adult tickets cost £18 in advance.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed, Cheshire (9 – 11 June)

Cholmondeley Power and Speed, Cheshire (9 - 11 June)

Dubbed the Goodwood Festival of Speed of the north, Cholmondeley Power and Speed (formerly known as the Pageant of Power) is a three-day motorsport extravaganza. A record 40,000 visitors attended last year.

24 Hours of Le Mans, France (17 – 18 June)

Even if you’re not a big motorsport fan, no one can fail to get caught up in the atmosphere at Le Mans during its annual 24-hour race. Enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel, watch cars hit 200mph on the Mulsanne Straight in the early hours of the morning and find out exactly what a ‘beer mountain’ is. Book campsites well in advance as they do fill up.

MG Live, Silverstone (17 – 18 June)

Think of MG enthusiasts and you might picture a small gathering of classic MGBs at a village car show, but MG Live is a much bigger event than you’d expect. Held at Silverstone, the two-day motoring festival celebrates all that’s great about MG: from historic racing to displays of the latest models.

Bromley Pageant of Motoring (18 June)

With more than 3,000 classic cars in attendance, the annual Bromley Pageant of Motoring claims to be the world’s largest one-day classic car show. Entry is £12.50 in advance, and cars are grouped into special one-make parking areas.

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood (22 – 25 June)

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood (22 - 25 June)

In 1993, Lord March hosted a hillclimb in the grounds of Goodwood House in Sussex and created the Festival of Speed. Back then, 25,000 spectators attended – today attendance is capped at 150,000. It’s a brilliant opportunity to see historic race cars driving up the infamous hill climb and the recent addition of the Moving Motor Show even allows visitors to get behind the wheel.

The Supercar Event, Dunsfold (24 – 25 June)

How would you like to take a passenger ride in a supercar on Top Gear’s test track and to raise money for charity at the same time? That’s precisely what The Supercar Event at Dunsfold offers, with owners giving up their time and petrol for nothing. Book ahead for £30 to be guaranteed a ride.

PSCUK’s Peugeot Festival, Prescott Hillclimb (2 July)

The Peugeot Sport Club’s Peugeot Festival, formerly known as Pugfest, has been held at the historic Prescott Hillclimb since 2002. Whether you’re a fan of the legendary 205 GTI or slammed 306s are more your bag, the Peugeot Festival is a must visit for Pug fans. Tickets start at £12 for non-members, and visitors can drive their car up the hill for just £7.

The BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon (2 July)

The chances of seeing an Austin Allegro or Leyland Sherpa on the roads today are slim, but if your boat is floated by these unloved classics, the BMC and Leyland show is the place to be. It’s held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon and is open to all British Motor Corporation, British Leyland and Rover Group vehicles.

Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Silverstone (14 – 16 July)

Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Silverstone (14 - 16 July)

Like Le Mans, you don’t need to be a huge motorsport fan to be caught up in the atmosphere of the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Tickets for the main event on Sunday are officially sold out, but you might find some if you shop around.

Classics on the Common, Harpenden (26 July)

It’s the biggest week-day classic car show, with more than 1,000 classics heading to the Hertfordshire town of Harpenden for its annual Classics on the Common event. Starting around lunchtime and running throughout the afternoon and into the evening, the event combines a great atmosphere with an eclectic mix of old and new cars.

Silverstone Classic, Silverstone (28 – 30 July)

Disappointed to have missed out on the Grand Prix? Or just prefer older cars? Don’t miss Silverstone Classic, held on the last weekend of July. It’s more than just classic motor racing: there’s live music, classic car line-ups and even a special retro run on the roads around Silverstone.

CarFest North (28 – 30 July)

CarFest was the mad idea of Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans. He may not have succeeded at Top Gear, but his charity event has been a runaway success since its launch in 2012. Millions of pounds have been raised for Children in Need, with tens of thousands of fans heading to CarFest North’s venue at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire each year.

CarFest South (25 – 27 August)

CarFest South (25 - 27 August)

For those of us in the south, there’s a second CarFest event held at Laverstoke Park Farm near Basingstoke, Hampshire. Highlights include live action on the hillclimb, as well as live music and even cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

Salon Privé, Blenheim Palace (31 August – 2 September)

Salon Privé describes itself as “the UK’s most exclusive automotive garden party”. If rare and exotic Ferraris are your thing, it’s the place to be. Tickets for the supercar show on the Saturday cost £125 plus fees.

Beaulieu International Autojumble (2 – 3 September)

If a giant car boot sale full of automotive paraphernalia is your idea of a good day out, head to Beaulieu for its world-famous autojumble. More than 2,000 stalls will be selling every car-related item you could possibly imagine, and there’ll even be around 200 vehicles offered for sale by private sellers.

Goodwood Revival (8 – 10 September)

Step back in time at the Goodwood Revival. Visitors are encouraged to dress in period clothing (in fact, you’ll stand out if you don’t), while historic race cars recreate the golden era of 50s and 60s motorsport. There’s even a period Tesco store on site.

Frankfurt Motor Show (14 – 24 September)

Frankfurt Motor Show (14 - 24 September)

The Frankfurt and Paris motor shows alternate every year, with 2017 being the turn of Frankfurt to host the world’s car manufacturers in September. If you want to know just how much money German car manufacturers have, head to Frankfurt. Volkswagen Group, BMW and Mercedes-Benz all attempt to outdo each other with the size of their show stands.

Manchester Classic Car Show (16 – 17 September)

The Manchester Classic Car Show lives somewhat in the shadow of its Brummy cousin, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re a classic car nut. From a wide array of classic car clubs to a concours event and even a live rally stage, there’s plenty to keep the family entertained.

Land Rover Owner International Show, Peterborough (16 – 17 September)

Once a year, Peterborough plays host to the Land Rover Owner International Show. Whether you drive a tricked-up Disco or a rare Series One, there’s plenty see for every Land Rover enthusiast. Visitors will even be able to take part in a little light off-roading at the nearby Tixover Grange.

Rally GB, Wales (26 – 29 October)

The penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship takes place in Wales – and you can get your rallying fix later in the year. While special stages such as Cholmondeley Castle are a good starting point, we suggest being more adventurous and travelling deep into Wales to get closer to the action without the crowds.

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (5 November)

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (5 November)

The annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is an annual celebration of the 1896 Locomotives on Highways Act, which increased the national speed limit to 14mph. Apart from a break for WW2, it’s been held every year since 1927, with more than 400 cars taking part. Our tip? Head into London early to watch the historic cars passing famous landmarks.

NEC Classic Motor Show, Birmingham (10 – 12 November)

The NEC Classic Motor Show is always a brilliant way to end the year. The show takes over five halls and features classic car clubs, exhibitors selling everything from rare parts to old magazines, and even an auction. Book in advance to save money on tickets.

‘Classic and Fringe’ cars to gather at the British Motor Museum

Autumn Classic and FringeAccording to the meteorological calendar, summer is over, which means it might be time to start preparing your classic car for hibernation. But not before you’ve attended a few more classic car shows.

On Sunday 25 September, over 100 classics of the present and the future are expected to gather at the British Motor Museum for the popular Autumn Classic and Fringe event. We’re reliably informed this doesn’t involve having a hair cut, rather the inclusion of cars that aren’t classed as bona fide classics.

This year’s event will see visits from the Jensen Interceptor Club and kei cars from Japan. Entrance is open to both clubs and individuals at a cost of £9 per person, payable on the day, if they arrive in a classic car. Entrants will also receive a free tea or coffee upon arrival, as well as entry to the British Motor Museum.

Simon Carr, clubs and rallies coordinator at the British Motor Museum, said: “Our Autumn Classic is the final gathering of the season for all classic and fringe vehicles. The event is expected to attract a vast range of different classics and is a fabulous day out for like-minded individuals.”

The British Motor Museum is the new name of the recently revamped Heritage Motor Centre, which houses the collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. It can be found in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm.

Anyone wishing to attend the Classic and Fringe event is invited to turn up from 9.30am. For more information, please contact Simon Carr on 01926 645105 or email clubs@britishmotormuseum.co.uk.

Do you own a ‘fringe’ classic? Let us know via our Facebook page.

'Classic and Fringe' cars to gather at the British Motor Museum

Autumn Classic and FringeAccording to the meteorological calendar, summer is over, which means it might be time to start preparing your classic car for hibernation. But not before you’ve attended a few more classic car shows.

On Sunday 25 September, over 100 classics of the present and the future are expected to gather at the British Motor Museum for the popular Autumn Classic and Fringe event. We’re reliably informed this doesn’t involve having a hair cut, rather the inclusion of cars that aren’t classed as bona fide classics.

This year’s event will see visits from the Jensen Interceptor Club and kei cars from Japan. Entrance is open to both clubs and individuals at a cost of £9 per person, payable on the day, if they arrive in a classic car. Entrants will also receive a free tea or coffee upon arrival, as well as entry to the British Motor Museum.

Simon Carr, clubs and rallies coordinator at the British Motor Museum, said: “Our Autumn Classic is the final gathering of the season for all classic and fringe vehicles. The event is expected to attract a vast range of different classics and is a fabulous day out for like-minded individuals.”

The British Motor Museum is the new name of the recently revamped Heritage Motor Centre, which houses the collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. It can be found in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm.

Anyone wishing to attend the Classic and Fringe event is invited to turn up from 9.30am. For more information, please contact Simon Carr on 01926 645105 or email clubs@britishmotormuseum.co.uk.

Do you own a ‘fringe’ classic? Let us know via our Facebook page.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

Like your cars fast? You’d have been well catered for at Donington Park this weekend, at the world’s first Fast Car Festival.

Aston Martin Vulcan

The 6,000-strong crowd at the Derbyshire event was treated to seeing the new Aston Martin Vulcan up close and personal.

Aston Martin Vulcan

One of only 24 Vulcans in the world, the hot new Aston boasts 800hp.

Aston Martin Vulcan

How much? If you have to ask…

Aston Martin Vulcan

OK, it’s estimated to be worth around £2 million.

Tiff Needell

Racing driver and Fifth Gear host Tiff Needell made a guest appearance, with a few lucky visitors enjoying a passenger lap in a Lotus Evora 400.

Supercar Paddock

On Sunday, members of online community Supercar Driver showcased more than 50 hot supercars in the Supercar Paddock – including two Lamborghini Aventador SVs and a Jaguar F-Type Project 7.

Mclaren 650S

There was also a McLaren 650S and a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

Caterham drifting

Ever had a go at drifting? Visitors were able to jump in the passenger seat of a Caterham 7 for a sideways view of Donington’s Melbourne Loop track.

PistonHeads

PistonHeads put together a special ‘PH Metal’ display, as well as a special 30-car track session.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

Lotus was also given a special display at the show – as well as dedicated Lotus-only track time.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

A number of awards were handed out over the weekend, with Caz Hawes picking up the Best Wheels Award for her modified Volkswagen Lupo.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

Were these the best wheels at the show? Judges thought so.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

The Best Club Award, meanwhile, went to Fitment Junkies.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

Surprisingly, it wasn’t all fast cars at the Fest Car Festival. Visitors were also treated to a monster truck display.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

The evening entertainment was a particular highlight of the weekend – with live shows from Toploader…

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

…and DJ Pied Piper. Yes, him off of ‘Do You Really Like It?’.

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

The festival’s managing director, Phil Weeden, said: “An attendance of 6,000 is a really impressive achievement for our first year.”

In pictures: the cars of the 2016 Fast Car Festival

The event is set to return in 2017. Weeden added: “We have some great ideas for improvements in 2017 to make the show even better, so we’re confident we can grow it in future years.”

Click through our gallery on MSN Cars to see more pictures from the 2016 Fast Car Festival

Bertie is going to his 50th Austin 7 rally

Bertie is going to his 50th Austin 7 rally

Bertie is going to his 50th Austin 7 rally

Bertie Fowler bought his Austin 7, ‘Nippy’, in 1966 at the age of 19 – and is set to attend his 50th annual rally at Beaulieu next month.

The 1936 model is a relatively rare sports model, bought by Fowler for £90. He did the deal in the dark at Epsom racecourse, describing it as ‘the best buy I ever made’.

Despite the car suffering from ‘the usual Nippyisms’, such as the doors flying open during fast cornering, Bertie has had the car expertly restored. It will be proudly on display at the show alongside many other Austin 7 Sports and Racers – the theme for this year’s special display.

The show, which has been running for 54 years, is expected to be one of the largest seen in recent years – and is open to all Austin 7 owners. The organisers say pre-1975 vehicles of all makes and models are welcome to attend and will have a designated parking area in the rally field.

A number of rare and iconic Austin 7s will be attending, including Graham Beckett’s ‘Simplicity’, the Tony Hutchings built OK7095 works racer replica, and several of the Bert Hadley Championship cars being brought along by the Pre-War Austin 7 Club.

It takes place at Beaulieu on Sunday 3rd July – and marks one of the longest unbroken runs for a one-marque club using the same venue for its annual event.

Preview: Silverstone Classic – the world's biggest classic motor racing festival

Preview: Silverstone Classic – the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival

Preview: Silverstone Classic – the world's biggest classic motor racing festival

The legendary Silverstone circuit is hosting ‘the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival’ in July – with cars such as exotic, classic Ferraris taking to the track alongside 90s BTCC saloons. We’ve been along for a sneak preview of what the weekend has to offer.

BTCC Ford Mondeos

BTCC Ford Mondeos

From a time when Touring Cars were arguably at their peak, these two Mondeos in Rapid Fit livery look the part. Note the fuel tanker in the background – probably required, given the amount of fuel-guzzling race cars in attendance.

BTCC Peugeot 406 and MG Metro Turbo

BTCC Peugeot 406 and MG Metro Turbo

Another touring car from the mid-90s, the Peugeot 406 is seen here in the pits alongside an MG Metro Turbo.

BTCC Audi A4

BTCC Audi A4

From a time before Audis were fashionable, the British Touring Car Championship gave the German premium car manufacturer a much-needed image boost.

BTCC Volvo S40

BTCC Volvo S40

The same could be said for the Volvo S40 – but the 850 estates that preceded it were much cooler, in our opinion.

Jaguar XJ12

Jaguar XJ12

And here’s a selection of 80s racers – we spy a Jaguar XJ12 up front, along with a Rover SD1, Ford Sierra Cosworth, Ford Capri and a handful of Triumph Dolomites.

Morgans

Morgans

Such a British affair – a trio of Morgans take to the track. In the centre is a Morgan 4/4 from 1947 – although it’s hard to believe that nearly 50 years separate it from the other two.

Lotus Cortina

Lotus Cortina

Based on the first-generation Ford Cortina, the Lotus Cortina used a 1.6-litre twin-cam engine and the same close-ratio gearbox as the Elan. It’s very popular for historic racing, with no fewer than eight on the grid at Silverstone this weekend. This example is piloted by Richard Dutton and Neil Brown.

Triumph Dolomite

Triumph Dolomite

‘Butch’ indeed. Is there a cooler car of the period than a Triumph Dolomite Sprint? This one’s owned by Duncan Wiltshire.

Austin Healey 3000

Austin Healey 3000

While the Dolly might win cool points, we think there’s little chirpier than a yellow Austin Healey being ragged around Silverstone. This Mk1 Austin Healey 3000 is being driven by Richard Collyer.

Preview: Silverstone Classic – the world's biggest classic motor racing festival

Preview: Silverstone Classic – the world's biggest classic motor racing festival

Preview: Silverstone Classic – the world's biggest classic motor racing festival

The legendary Silverstone circuit is hosting ‘the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival’ in July – with cars such as exotic, classic Ferraris taking to the track alongside 90s BTCC saloons. We’ve been along for a sneak preview of what the weekend has to offer.

BTCC Ford Mondeos

BTCC Ford Mondeos

From a time when Touring Cars were arguably at their peak, these two Mondeos in Rapid Fit livery look the part. Note the fuel tanker in the background – probably required, given the amount of fuel-guzzling race cars in attendance.

BTCC Peugeot 406 and MG Metro Turbo

BTCC Peugeot 406 and MG Metro Turbo

Another touring car from the mid-90s, the Peugeot 406 is seen here in the pits alongside an MG Metro Turbo.

BTCC Audi A4

BTCC Audi A4

From a time before Audis were fashionable, the British Touring Car Championship gave the German premium car manufacturer a much-needed image boost.

BTCC Volvo S40

BTCC Volvo S40

The same could be said for the Volvo S40 – but the 850 estates that preceded it were much cooler, in our opinion.

Jaguar XJ12

Jaguar XJ12

And here’s a selection of 80s racers – we spy a Jaguar XJ12 up front, along with a Rover SD1, Ford Sierra Cosworth, Ford Capri and a handful of Triumph Dolomites.

Morgans

Morgans

Such a British affair – a trio of Morgans take to the track. In the centre is a Morgan 4/4 from 1947 – although it’s hard to believe that nearly 50 years separate it from the other two.

Lotus Cortina

Lotus Cortina

Based on the first-generation Ford Cortina, the Lotus Cortina used a 1.6-litre twin-cam engine and the same close-ratio gearbox as the Elan. It’s very popular for historic racing, with no fewer than eight on the grid at Silverstone this weekend. This example is piloted by Richard Dutton and Neil Brown.

Triumph Dolomite

Triumph Dolomite

‘Butch’ indeed. Is there a cooler car of the period than a Triumph Dolomite Sprint? This one’s owned by Duncan Wiltshire.

Austin Healey 3000

Austin Healey 3000

While the Dolly might win cool points, we think there’s little chirpier than a yellow Austin Healey being ragged around Silverstone. This Mk1 Austin Healey 3000 is being driven by Richard Collyer.