Chris Evans’ CarFest North 2015 may not have majored on green cars, but the event was all about Green Car Guide’s other area of focus: cars that are fun to drive. Here are some photographic highlights from the event, ranging from Chris Evans’ amazing ‘Dirty Dozen’ collection to Paul Swift’s precision stunt driving in various fast Fords.
CarFest, for BBC Children in Need, brings together cars, music and food – for all the family. Taking place from 31 July to 2 August 2015, CarFest North was based at Oulton Park Race Circuit in Cheshire, and the venue was packed with a huge variety of stands, exhibits and fun for petrolheads and non-petrolheads.
We experienced the art of stunt driving from the passenger seat while Paul Swift and his team rehearsed a performance involving two Ford Focus STs manoeuvring at high speed around a Ford Mustang. This involved lots of driving forwards and in reverse, but the finale of sliding the Focus into a parking position at high velocity just a few inches from the front of the Mustang was the most impressive feat – especially when witnessed from inside the car. Paul Swift says he gets through quite a few tyres but amazingly the clutch and the handbrake of the Focus STs always remain intact. Paul also had a Mk2 Ford Escort on hand to provide some rear-wheel drive, tyre-smoking oversteer action.
There was an incredible range of vehicles on show at CarFest, ranging from various other rally cars through Volkswagen camper vans to military transport. However the main attraction was Chris Evan’s ‘Dirty Dozen’, a jaw-dropping collection of twelve classic cars, mainly Ferraris, but also including a beautiful 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible.
Green Car Guide attended CarFest North courtesy Ford on the Friday of the event, with an early start before the crowds flooded through the gates at midday allowing us to photograph the cars on show before they were hidden behind masses of people.
When the gates opened at midday on Friday, within minutes people were pouring into the event, showing that CarFest has the right recipe for an event to attract families by the thousands. Unfortunately CarFest North 2015 appeared in the headlines for the wrong reasons, due to a stunt plane crashing on the Saturday along with the tragic death of its pilot, however CarFest still remains the highlight of the year for families who want a buzzing car-based festival with so much on show that you really need more than a day to take it all in.
Photographic highlights from CarFest North 2015
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