Covfest gets a boost
Coventry MotoFest is set to benefit from the announcement that a new lease has been granted to keep a local speedway stadium operational for a further year.
The next celebration of the Midlands city’s automotive heritage takes place on 3-4 June 2017, and it will profit from a new temporary lease for Brandon Stadium, home of the local speedway team. The stadium was facing closure due to plans for housing development, which in turn could have significantly impacted on resources available to MotoFest.
The stadium is a supporting component of the festival, providing vehicles, a venue and approximately one third of the marshals involved in the event. Further support is provided by both the British Automobile Racing Club and Donington Park Circuit.
James Noble, festival director for Coventry MotoFest, says: ‘ The team is delighted that there is at least another year of the speedway and stockcars involvement ahead and we all hope that a long-term solution can be found to the stadium lease issue. It will be a big blow for us if they can no longer support us, but I’m confident it won’t affect the longterm running of the event.’
This year MotoFest featured a large number of locally manufactured classics, including Standards, Triumphs and Minis. In addition to static vehicle displays, there were various club displays, as well as stock and gymkhana cars racing around a short oval while racing cars, trucks and motorcycles sped around Coventry’s iconic ring road.
The Coventry MotoFest will continue to be supported by Brandon Stadium following the new one-year lease.