Thousands of people enjoy the finale of "best ever" CarFest

Chris Evans with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood

Chris Evans with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood

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THOUSANDS of families who have camped out over the last three days are now preparing to leave Laverstoke Park Farm following the finale of CarFest 2014.

Jazz singer Jamie Cullum pulled in thousands of people to watch him close this year’s CarFest with a catchy selection of his hits including The Same Thing, Get Your Way and Everything You Didn’t Do.

Earlier in the day, a host of activities and workshops that have been held over the three-day event continued to attract crowds and provide families with welcome entertainment.

Thousands of people also made their way to the paddock area of the farm during the day to admire three Formula One cars driven by Jody Scheckter during his racing career and a selection of vintage supercars.

And it was not just the visitors at CarFest that got to admire cars yesterday afternoon.

A parade of prestigious cars made its way through Overton with hundreds of people flocking to the streets to enjoy the spectacle.

Back at Laverstoke Park Farm the entertainment at the Main Music Arena was kicked off by The Great British Bake Off judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who announced the winners of the Cakes vs Pies competition.

Musical talent followed the judging of the competition as pop band Texas drew in thousands of cheering fans with a selection of their hit songs including Summer Son, I Don’t Want A Lover and Halo.

Pop band The Feeling provided crowds with a selection of their easy listening hits such as Fill My Little World, Never Be Lonely and Sewn before Sophie Ellis-Bextor performed Young Blood and Love is a Camera from her new album before getting the crowds on their feet with her dance hits including Take Me Home, Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) and Murder On The Dancefloor.

And the party atmosphere continued later on in the evening as surprise guest, Dario G, played a mix of catchy dance hits including Sunshine, Dream to Me and Carnaval de Paris.

Chris Evans told The Gazette that this year’s CarFest has been the “best yet”, adding: “The weather has been miles better than we thought it would be. We have raised £1.7million this year which is the most we have ever done and we will try and get more next year.”

Read more reaction on the success of CarFest 2014 in this week’s Gazette which in on sale from Thursday.

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9:25am Mon 25 Aug 14

Marina Morris says...

Dear reporter, It was a CARfest. Please tell us about some of the cars, not a playlist of what music was heard.
Dear reporter, It was a CARfest. Please tell us about some of the cars, not a playlist of what music was heard. Marina Morris
  • Score: -8

3:10pm Mon 25 Aug 14

jonone says...

Marina Morris wrote:
Dear reporter, It was a CARfest. Please tell us about some of the cars, not a playlist of what music was heard.
Perhaps you should have gone, if you were that interested? Can see plenty of reference to the cars, and Chris Evans himself covered a lot about the music in the lead up, and he is one of the organisers.
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Dear reporter, It was a CARfest. Please tell us about some of the cars, not a playlist of what music was heard.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should have gone, if you were that interested? Can see plenty of reference to the cars, and Chris Evans himself covered a lot about the music in the lead up, and he is one of the organisers. jonone
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Marina Morris says...

jonone wrote:
Marina Morris wrote:
Dear reporter, It was a CARfest. Please tell us about some of the cars, not a playlist of what music was heard.
Perhaps you should have gone, if you were that interested? Can see plenty of reference to the cars, and Chris Evans himself covered a lot about the music in the lead up, and he is one of the organisers.
You assume I didn't.

What's the point of a list of performers and naming three track each? Although I suppose we should be grateful we didn't have a list of some of the ingredients used in the bake off.
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Dear reporter, It was a CARfest. Please tell us about some of the cars, not a playlist of what music was heard.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should have gone, if you were that interested? Can see plenty of reference to the cars, and Chris Evans himself covered a lot about the music in the lead up, and he is one of the organisers.[/p][/quote]You assume I didn't. What's the point of a list of performers and naming three track each? Although I suppose we should be grateful we didn't have a list of some of the ingredients used in the bake off. Marina Morris
  • Score: -1

8:07am Wed 27 Aug 14

SystemOverload says...

Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace.
I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.
Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace. I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend. SystemOverload
  • Score: -16

12:10pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Peter H. says...

SystemOverload wrote:
Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace.
I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.
One weekend a year is no hardship, by all accounts thousands of people had a wonderful time. I'm not so selfish that I must whine about a little disruption.

The Red Arrows, among others, flew over our garden and we somehow managed to cope.

But if you are so worried about your peace, why not visit friends for the weekend or better still, join in the fun as a volunteer knowing you are helping to raise 1.7 million for charity?
[quote][p][bold]SystemOverload[/bold] wrote: Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace. I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.[/p][/quote]One weekend a year is no hardship, by all accounts thousands of people had a wonderful time. I'm not so selfish that I must whine about a little disruption. The Red Arrows, among others, flew over our garden and we somehow managed to cope. But if you are so worried about your peace, why not visit friends for the weekend or better still, join in the fun as a volunteer knowing you are helping to raise 1.7 million for charity? Peter H.
  • Score: 17

11:47am Fri 29 Aug 14

BTG says...

SystemOverload wrote:
Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace.
I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.
Please accept my sincere apologies for my exceptionally noisy Ford Fiesta having the nerve to drive past your house twice a day over the weekend, and only leaving a mere 10 or so hours between arriving at Carfest and leaving again for the day!
[quote][p][bold]SystemOverload[/bold] wrote: Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace. I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.[/p][/quote]Please accept my sincere apologies for my exceptionally noisy Ford Fiesta having the nerve to drive past your house twice a day over the weekend, and only leaving a mere 10 or so hours between arriving at Carfest and leaving again for the day! BTG
  • Score: 5

4:21pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

SystemOverload wrote:
Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace.
I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.
There are 52 weekends in the year. When can I plan to have a peaceful weekend at home?
I dont know the exact figures but I suspect that many of the people who attended for the full three days did use the campsite. I think the majority of people probably only attended for one day and therefore did not need to use the campsite. The campsite was not large enough to accommodate everyone and I guess locals would have not bothered to camp anyway. The only noisy cars were the performance and racing cars on show. All the other cars were mainly standard family vehicles.
What a killjoy you seem to be.
[quote][p][bold]SystemOverload[/bold] wrote: Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace. I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.[/p][/quote]There are 52 weekends in the year. When can I plan to have a peaceful weekend at home? I dont know the exact figures but I suspect that many of the people who attended for the full three days did use the campsite. I think the majority of people probably only attended for one day and therefore did not need to use the campsite. The campsite was not large enough to accommodate everyone and I guess locals would have not bothered to camp anyway. The only noisy cars were the performance and racing cars on show. All the other cars were mainly standard family vehicles. What a killjoy you seem to be. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 5

4:26pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Marina Morris wrote:
Dear reporter, It was a CARfest. Please tell us about some of the cars, not a playlist of what music was heard.
It was a festival dedicated to three of Chris Evans most favourite things: Music, Food and Cars. But the largest attraction, where most people spent most of their time, was the music on the main stage. It is not surprising that The Gazette has devoted many column inches, pictures and videos to this part of the festival.
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Dear reporter, It was a CARfest. Please tell us about some of the cars, not a playlist of what music was heard.[/p][/quote]It was a festival dedicated to three of Chris Evans most favourite things: Music, Food and Cars. But the largest attraction, where most people spent most of their time, was the music on the main stage. It is not surprising that The Gazette has devoted many column inches, pictures and videos to this part of the festival. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 1

11:49am Sat 30 Aug 14

SystemOverload says...

BTG wrote:
SystemOverload wrote:
Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace.
I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.
Please accept my sincere apologies for my exceptionally noisy Ford Fiesta having the nerve to drive past your house twice a day over the weekend, and only leaving a mere 10 or so hours between arriving at Carfest and leaving again for the day!
LOL, I was talking about the performance / classic cars that were giving people rides through the village. Out of interest did they donate all the money their received to charity?
[quote][p][bold]BTG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SystemOverload[/bold] wrote: Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace. I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.[/p][/quote]Please accept my sincere apologies for my exceptionally noisy Ford Fiesta having the nerve to drive past your house twice a day over the weekend, and only leaving a mere 10 or so hours between arriving at Carfest and leaving again for the day![/p][/quote]LOL, I was talking about the performance / classic cars that were giving people rides through the village. Out of interest did they donate all the money their received to charity? SystemOverload
  • Score: -3

6:45pm Sun 31 Aug 14

BTG says...

SystemOverload wrote:
BTG wrote:
SystemOverload wrote:
Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace.
I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.
Please accept my sincere apologies for my exceptionally noisy Ford Fiesta having the nerve to drive past your house twice a day over the weekend, and only leaving a mere 10 or so hours between arriving at Carfest and leaving again for the day!
LOL, I was talking about the performance / classic cars that were giving people rides through the village. Out of interest did they donate all the money their received to charity?
Yes, I believe that all the money raised by the people who volunteered to give rides in their own classic cars is donated to Children in Need
[quote][p][bold]SystemOverload[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BTG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SystemOverload[/bold] wrote: Shame the attendees didn't stay at the camp site, it was very disruptive having noisy cars driving up and down past our windows over the weekend. Then the drone of planes flying low over the village once again interrupted the peace. I've nothing against the event, until it interferes with me trying to have a peaceful weekend.[/p][/quote]Please accept my sincere apologies for my exceptionally noisy Ford Fiesta having the nerve to drive past your house twice a day over the weekend, and only leaving a mere 10 or so hours between arriving at Carfest and leaving again for the day![/p][/quote]LOL, I was talking about the performance / classic cars that were giving people rides through the village. Out of interest did they donate all the money their received to charity?[/p][/quote]Yes, I believe that all the money raised by the people who volunteered to give rides in their own classic cars is donated to Children in Need BTG
  • Score: 1

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