Magnificent Seven Ferraris wow crowds at Carfest North

| 9 Aug 2013

CarFest made a spectacular return at the Oulton Park circuit near Chester from 2-4 August.

Event founder and Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans’ Ferrari collection was out on show with models including a 1961 Ferrari TR61, 1961 250SWB California Spyder and a 1985 288GTO.

They were joined by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s Ferrari 250 GTO, plus a £35-million collection of Matra Le Mans and Grand Prix cars. The crowd was also given a preview of the new Rush movie thanks to a display from James Hunt’s 1976 McLaren M23.

Bands such as Texas and The Magic Numbers provided music, and there were food and wine stalls located around the Britain’s Best marquee.

Evans said: “Oulton Park has been a fantastic venue. It is a stunning location, a great track and as far as music is concerned it has a natural amphitheatre, which lends itself perfectly to our live performances.”

It was a successful day for Silverstone Auctions, too. The company raised £115,651 for Children in Need thanks to cars such as a 1973 Jaguar E-Type S3 V12 2+2, which made £73,025 alone, all of which was donated to the organisation.

With CarFest South still to come (from 23-25 August), it is hoped that the money raised for charity will exceed the £1million donated in 2012.