How would you like to see some of the finest four wheeled legends strutting their stuff whilst mingling with celebrities such as Mark Webber, Bruno Senna and Paul Hollywood? Factor in that you are raising money for charity and everyone is a winner! Carfest South 2014 is a motoring based charity event for BBC Children in Need hosted by Chris Evans. With the event getting bigger and raising more money every year, we eagerly anticipated the 2014 instalment for the south at Laverstoke Farm. With plenty of action both on and off the demonstration straight, it is a great day out for all ages.
Heading the line-up was “the magnificent seven.” Seven of the most collectable Ferrari’s, including one of the first LaFerrari to hit the UK, all being used as intended as opposed to seeing out their days in a museum. LaFerrari was inspiring, F12 mighty and the Daytona beautiful. A symphony of horsepower filled the venue delighting adults and children alike.
Ford brought along the 2015 Mustang which was an impressive sight. Set to go on sale in the UK next year in right-hand-drive, the 5.0 litre V8 muscle car is quite the departure from its predecessor. An athletic stance and the lack of a live rear axel propel this ‘stang into the present day. This preproduction model was more than enough to get us salivating about its pending arrival on our roads.
Rally cars burbled their way to the start line whilst the likes of Lamborghini Aventadors and Lexus LFA howled off into the distance, not to mention the scream of classic F1 cars. Other famous names, but nit of the four wheeled variety, were Bruno Senna and Mark Webber who we caught up with for a quick chat. More on that soon.
Auctions for rides in supercars raised more money for the good cause allowing people to experience their four wheeled heroes first hand. Filling the bellies of visitors was a wide range of food outlets serving everything from pizza to crispy duck. Show stands from many car manufacturers displayed their latest models whilst giving out freebies. In the evening stars such as the Kaiser Chiefs and Toploader took to the stage turning this car festival into an impressive musical spectacle.
Carfest South 2014 was a huge success in not only being a fantastic event for petrol heads, but also in raising money for children around the world who really need it. Great cars and a great cause.