Record-breaking CarFest raises £1.5m for charity


The biggest CarFest South to date took place at Laverstoke Park Farm during the Bank Holiday weekend, with organisers estimating that the event will raise over £1.5m for Children in Need in 2014.

The festival was sold out and came hot on the heels of CarFest North, which was held earlier in the month at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

Mark Webber, Bruno Senna and Jody Scheckter represented the world of motor sport on the hill climb course, while celebrity chefs Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and James Martin also put in appearances.

"The collection of cars is sensational," said Webber. "It doesn't matter what kind of automotive anyone is into, there's something for everyone."

Bruno Senna took the wheel of a Honda NSX that was reputedly driven by his uncle Ayrton, the very car that features in this month's Classic & Sports Car. Meanwhile, Scheckter drove a selection of his Ferrari and Tyrrell Grand Prix winners.

One of the highlights of the show was Evans' own collection of Ferraris, known as the magnificent seven. It includes a 1963 250GT SWB, a 1965 275GTS Spyder and a 1990 F40.

"I've absolutely no idea what we're going to do next year," said Evans. "I guess we'll just have to do it all over again!"

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