CarFest 2016 – a perfect 10

CarFest reached double figures with its 10th fun-filled, adrenaline-fuelled festival taking place at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend (26-28 August).

Since its inauguration five years ago, CarFest South has gone from strength-to-strength – BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans himself hailing last weekend’s as the biggest and best yet.

‘Oh my goodness; time really does fly when you’re having so much fabulous fun – I can’t believe we’ve now reached double figures!’ beamed Evans. ‘I know we’ve said it before and I hope we’ll say it again, but these CarFests just get better and better and better. I just had a crazy idea one morning and now five years on, thanks to so many wonderful people, the reality has wowed hundreds of thousands of CarFesters and raised many millions for BBC Children in Need. What’s not to like about that… other than the fact we have to raise the bar even higher in 2017!’

It was back in the Spring of 2012 that BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans first dreamt up his concept for the perfect family festival. The inaugural event would feature a mouth-watering medley of great cars, fabulous food, live music plus an intoxicating mix of entertainment to enthrall and inspire all ages.

Such was the public’s enthusiasm for the initial three-day event – hosted by former F1 world champion Jody Scheckter at his award-winning bio-dynamic and organic farm near Basingstoke – that a CarFest North in Cheshire was immediately added to the bill.

Since then, two magical CarFests have been held each and every summer, thrilling in excess of 500,000 festival-goers and raising more than £6m for BBC Children in Need – figures that will rise significantly again following this year’s latest pair of sell-out extravaganzas.