5:00pm Sunday 1st September 2013
By Emily Roberts
ANTICIPATION and excitement filled the air as thousands of people descended on a farm near Overton for the second CarFest South.
Visitors arrived at Laverstoke Park Farm on Friday, unloading tents and airbeds as they set up camp ready for the weekend ahead.
Following the success of the first CarFest last year, the event was extended this year to include entertainment on Friday, and those lucky enough to secure a ticket to the sell-out festival were eager to enjoy the action. A total of about 60,000 tickets are estimated to have been sold for the different days.
The site was buzzing mid-afternoon as families explored the venue and joined in the family entertainment.
Jody Scheckter, who owns the farm, was signing autographs in the paddock, surrounded by the cars he drove during his career as a Formula One champion. Speaking to The Gazette, he said: “It’s great. I think there’s more here than last year, more cars. I love the family atmosphere, it’s wonderful.”
However, he admitted not having much to do with the organisation, adding: “My wife has done a lot of that.”
The crowds admired an impressive range of cars on display, and even had the chance to sit inside some of them, including a £212,315 New Ferrari 458 Italia.
Famous faces mingled in the crowds, including tennis star Boris Becker, who drove the Aston Martin from James Bond film Skyfall up the Hill Climb, which ran through the centre of the site. Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason also brought some of his expensive cars and Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart was also seen on site.
But the main attraction on the first day was the live filming of The One Show in the main stage area.
Chris Evans and presenter Alex Jones began rehearsals for the BBC One programme at 6pm, as a large crowd gathered to watch.
Chris warmed up the audience and informed everyone: “We are going to try and break the world record for line dancing on The One Show which is the most stupid thing to attempt ever.”
Audience members read out facts about CarFest, including the amount it is hoped to raise this year for BBC Children in Need – £2million from CarFest North and South.
Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer of Texas, who headlined on Friday night, was a guest on the show, and chatted to Alex Jones about her career.
Earlier in the day the pair were involved in a Hill Climb competition, which was won by Alex.
The One Show presenter drove a whacky office desk-shaped car, complete with plants and a keyboard for a steering wheel.
The programme ended with the entire audience joining in with line-dancing.
The crowds then moved across to the main stage to enjoy entertainment from a host of acts including The Wurzels, who had everyone singing along with their number one hit Combine Harvester, ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again and Texas, who headlined for the second year, entertaining the audience with all their popular tunes.
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