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CarFest has arrived in the nation’s consciousness, and with it the unique style and boundless energy of Chris Evans, BBC Radio Two’s Breakfast Show DJ. The event will raise funds for BBC Children In Need and takes place on August Bank Holiday, 24-25 August.
No stranger to the world of petrol, chrome and classic cars, Evans has twisted the arm of friend and former F1 World Champion, Jody Scheckter for help with his fund-raising summer extravaganza. Scheckter is now a renowned organic farmer, and his Hampshire estate, Laverstoke Park, will host CarFest and its expected 15,000 crowd.
Understandably, with the event still in its infancy, many details are unconfirmed, although the event is being billed as a decidedly family-friendly show for car-lovers. To keep us car lovers entertained, a feature Evans dubbed the ‘Magnificent Sevens’ promises cars in groups of sevens in hill climbing runs. Evans has also expressed a desire for a practical and affordable classic car element to be included, giving the event an ‘every enthusiast’ appeal. He also hopes there will be people selling classic cars there.
Other essential ingredients being added to the event include cooking displays by celebrity chefs such as James Martin, and a Saturday night concert featuring well-known Scots soft-rockers, Texas and Ocean Colour Scene. Live on air from his morning show, Evans has also name-checked The Feeling, Magic Numbers and spoken with Band Aid co-organiser Midge Ure, and they have just confirmed Razorlight – so expect the unexpected.
Evans’ love of exotic Italian supercars, classic and modern is no secret, and it’s likely they’ll feature in the proceedings. How about a Ferrari 25O GTO driven by a mysterious Stig-like Pudsey Bear costume-wearing special guest?
Oh, and look out for the Bloody Mary and Bacon Buttie tent! The official website is here