Laverstoke gearing up for the launch of CarFest tomorrow

Chris Evans and Alex Jones host The One Show at last year's CarFest

Chris Evans and Alex Jones host The One Show at last year's CarFest

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

THE sell-out CarFest event begins tomorrow when thousands of campers and day visitors will descend on Laverstoke Park Farm to enjoy a great line-up of entertainment and raise thousands of pounds for Children in Need.

Organised by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, this year’s event will kick off on Friday, when The One Show will be filmed live on stage.

Tomorrow morning, the farm will be on BBC One when Carol Kirkwood will present the weather forecast live.

Chris said: “It’s always really special to go back to Laverstoke as, in many ways, it’s the spiritual home of CarFest.

“This year promises to be the best yet too, as we’ve lined up some truly fabulous cars, great live bands plus an utterly unbelievable array of family entertainment. I can’t wait to get revving and rocking all over again.”

The Hill Climb will return for the third year, when Chris’ own Magnificent Seven collection of Ferraris will race along the track, joining an impressive collection of other supercars, including Ford’s yet-to-be-released 2015 Mustang V8 Fastback and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s an Unusual Seven.

Former Formula One world champion Jody Scheckter, who owns the farm with his wife Clare, will also have his F1 Seven cars on display, which include several of those he raced to Grand Prix victories.

Other entertainment will include a showground with a mega Monster Truck display, motorcycle exploits from DR Stunts all the way from Australia and a quad-bike stunt show.

Racing sheep will compete in the Lamb National while the low-flying Red Barrows will impersonate the high-flying antics of the world famous RAF Red Arrows.

The Red Arrows will fly over the skies of CarFest as part of an amazing three-day air display that will also feature an RAF Chinook, an Abarth stunt plane and The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with two Lancaster Bombers, a Hurricane and Spitfire.

The family festival will also deliver a range of activities for children, including ball-based sports and story-reading lessons.

Cookery workshops will be provided by Laverstoke Park Farm. One of the attractions not to miss will be the Cake v Pies competition on Sunday afternoon, when BBC One’s Great British Bake Off judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will take to the stage to judge the entries.

A top line-up of musical acts will entertain the crowds during the evening, including Jamie Cullum, Texas, 10cc and Sophie Ellis-Bexter.

Chris announced on his breakfast show yesterday that the Kaiser Chiefs will headline the main stage on Saturday night.

It is hoped that this year’s CarFest will raise even more money to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, with even more visitors being allowed on site after Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council agreed to a request by Mr and Mrs Scheckter to allow an increase in numbers attending.

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