Covfest gets a boost

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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.

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