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Fundraising drive on final day of CarFest
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THE final day of the festival kicked off with a classic car and charity auction, where thousands of pounds were bid for the cars on display.
An action-packed timetable ensured there was still plenty to do including the chance to bid anything from £10 to ride in a Triumph Stag to £100 for a Lamborghini Diablo Roadster.
Dozens of cars raced along the Hill Climb, admired by hundreds of people lining the route.
Along with a variety of ‘Magnificent Sevens’, there was also a range of whacky vehicles including a car shaped as a garden shed.
A parade of 100 Aston Martins made its way from CarFest through Overton during the morning as hundreds of people lined the streets to watch.
Inside the festival there were fairground rides and amusements for children, along with the JCB Dancing Diggers.
More than 6,000 workshops were held during the festival, where visitors could learn how to make bread, ice cream, butter or salad.
On Sunday, a queue of people lined up outside the Big Top to meet Charlie Higson, author and actor, who signed copies of his books.
The excellent weather allowed plenty of alfresco eating of a wide range of scrumptious fare. A veteran, jet-powered Vulcan bomber also rocked the site as it whirled around.
At 5.45pm the main stage area was crammed with fans of Scouting for Girls, who sang along to all their hits, such as Heartbeat.
The much-awaited final of the Cakes versus Pies competition drew in a big crowd, as Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, the judges on the TV show, Great British Bake Off, took to the stage to announce the winners of the competition.
Celebrity chef James Martin had the unenviable task of picking the overall winner, and there was an eruption of applause from the crowd when he declared the cake as victorious.
As the festival drew to a close and the sun set, singer Amy McDonald entertained the crowds.
Chris Evans took to the stage to thank those who had made CarFest possible, including the Scheckters and those neighbouring the site.
A glider was then released into the sky, looping through the clouds as fireworks trailed from its wings, accompanied by The Killers’ song Human.
The beautiful display was met with oohs and ahhs from the crowds.
Headlining the main stage for the festival finale was piano player Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, with special guest singers.
Speaking of this year’s CarFest, Clare Scheckter, who owns Laverstoke with her husband Jody, said: “It’s fantastic. It has been lovely just talking to people, everyone is happy and excited to be here. Last year we had the pressure of doing it for the first time and this year it’s about meeting everyone’s expectations.”
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