Mon­sters light up Coven­try

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Mark Mclach­lan

The sec­ond Coven­try Mo­tofest took place last week­end, with the city’s unique ring road cir­cuit play­ing host to an ar­ray of two and four-wheel ma­chines and rac­ing stars.

The ap­pear­ance of the £1.8 mil­lion, 800bhp, all-car­bon­fi­bre As­ton Martin Vul­can su­per­car proved one of the high­lights as it pow­ered its way around the 1.5mile ring road course in its first ap­pear­ance on a UK pub­lic road.

Driven by sportscar racer Peter Dum­breck, the Vul­can per­formed start-line burn-outs.

Fur­ther star cars in­cluded the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally-win­ning Mini Cooper S, brought to Mo­tofest by the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum, which also sup­plied the BRM Gas Tur­bine racer to run on the cir­cuit.

The com­pe­ti­tion car sec­tion of the event fea­tured ap­pear­ances from James Grint in a Peu­geot 208 RX su­per­car plus a pair of Re­naults; a Clio Cup car and a Zoe e-rally car.

Don­ing­ton Park eased the way for mon­ster vehicles from the Bri­tish Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship to take part for the first time too.

Away from the main cir­cuit, Mo­tofest’s new sec­ond short track oval pro­vided a home for Gymkhana cars, drift cars and stock cars.

There was also a se­lec­tion of vehicles from the As­ton Martin Own­ers’ Club and the Jaguar Her­itage Trust with an As­ton Martin V8 sa­loon and 1952 Jaguar XK120 among the high­lights of the pa­rade.

James Noble, Coven­try Mo­tofest Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, said: “It’s been our big­gest and best ever Coven­try Mo­tofest, with around 125,000 vis­i­tors over the two days en­joy­ing the ac­tion on the main ring road cir­cuit and the other en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided as part of the fes­ti­val.

“The As­ton Martin Vul­can was one of the star at­trac­tions of the week­end and it was won­der­ful to see the ex­cite­ment and in­ter­est it cre­ated on and off the cir­cuit.

“The rac­ing trucks, the mo­tor­bikes and the new short track oval with the drift and Gymkhana cars all proved re­ally pop­u­lar and the crowds re­ally em­braced the event and seemed to en­joy ev­ery as­pect of it.

“As or­gan­is­ers these are ex­cit­ing times for Coven­try Mo­tofest and we look for­ward stag­ing an­other even big­ger and bet­ter event next year to again show­case the city’s mo­tor­ing her­itage.”

As­ton’s car was a star

Trucks were a big draw

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