Mo­toFest’s big­gest week­end yet

Time tri­als, clas­sic runs and club dis­plays at­tract a record turnout

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - OUT & ABOUT -

More than 140,000 car fans packed into Coven­try for this free-to-attend city cen­tre cel­e­bra­tion of clas­sics.

This year’s Mo­toFest trans­formed the streets into a love letter to the city’s au­to­mo­tive her­itage, with star en­trants in­clud­ing ve­hi­cles from Jaguar Land Rover’s her­itage col­lec­tion. High­lights in­cluded the car demon­stra­tion runs on the city’s ring road and the in­tro­duc­tion of com­pet­i­tive timed tri­als – only the sec­ond event to take ad­van­tage of a re­cent change in the law, which al­lows them to be held on pub­lic roads. Any­one who ven­tured into the city cen­tre’s pedes­tri­anised area was fur­ther re­warded with a host of clas­sic cars brought along by clubs from across the UK, plus a Coven­try Uni­ver­sity dis­play cel­e­brat­ing the life of Frederick Lanch­ester.

Event di­rec­tor, James Noble, said: ‘ This year’s Mo­toFest was a record-breaker, with our big­gest ever num­ber of vis­i­tors at­tend­ing the event.

‘ The sprint com­pe­ti­tion proved to be a phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess, with all the com­peti­tors ex­press­ing their de­light at the op­por­tu­nity to be­come his­to­ry­mak­ers and take part in the first closed road mo­tor­sports com­pe­ti­tion on a UK city cen­tre cir­cuit in al­most 30 years.

‘We look for­ward to cre­at­ing more leg­endary chap­ters in the Mo­toFest story as we take the event for­ward into the fu­ture.’ Rev­erend­pixel

‘It was a record­breaker, with our big­gest-ever num­ber of vis­i­tors’

The city cen­tre’s pedes­tri­anised shop­ping area was given over to clas­sic club dis­plays.

Mod­i­fied Mazda MX-5 MkI struts its stuff in the Fuel­topia Ac­tion Arena.

One no­table high­light was the re­turn of mo­tor sport to a UK city cen­tre.

Chris Sim­mons proudly dis­played his 1971 Tri­umph TR6, which he fully re­stored when he bought it, 25 years ago.

The Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum’s Austin 100hp was built for the 1908 French Grand Prix.

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