SEVEN will be the magic number when CarFest North takes center stage at Cheshire’s Oulton Park racing circuit next month.
The three-day extravaganza, hosted by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, is a celebration of fast cars, cool sounds and festival food – and together with sister carnival CarFest South, has raised more than £2m for BBC Children in Need in just two years.
This year’s spectacular, from August 1-3, will feature Evans’ own ‘Magnificent 7’ collection of Ferraris.
Sticking with the ‘sevens’ theme, track action will see a Rock Star Seven, Hot Rod Seven and Movie Car Seven as well as more familiar F1 and Rally Sevens.
And a special Anniversary Seven will include Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s Maserati 250F to celebrate the Italian company’s centenary, while the Muscle Car Seven will feature Ford’s new 2015 Mustang marking 50 years of the American classic.
Away from the track there will be stunts, displays, children’s entertainers and the ‘Britain’s Best’ pavilion showcasing food and drink created by small producers from throughout the UK.
The popular Cakes v Pies competition returns, too, with judges including TV personalities Mary Berry and Liverpool’s Paul Hollywood while air displays will feature the RAF Red Arrows and Battle of Britain memorial flight.
Headliners among a host of top bands on the live music stage are Erasure (Friday, August 1), Simple Minds, Seasick Steve (with Chris Evans, left) and Tom Odell (Saturday) and Jools Holland, The Feeling and 10cc (Sunday).
Though Saturday is a complete sell-out, there are still tickets for the Friday and Sunday. For the latest info and purchasing visit the official ticket portal.
Three weeks later CarFest South will rock into Laverstoke Park Farm, the organic/biodynamic farm in Hampshire owned by former F1 world champion Jody Scheckter.
Last year Scheckter performed some dramatic demo runs in his title winning Ferrari and Grand Prix winning six-wheeled Tyrrell F1 cars, and he will be back in action over the Bank Holiday weekend.