All star line-up for annual Coventry Motofest this weekend - The Coventry Observer

12th Aug, 2022

All star line-up for annual Coventry Motofest this weekend

AN all star line-up is set to hit Coventry this weekend as Coventry Motofest invades the city centre for its annual festival of speed.

Cars ranging from the original Aston Martin DBS, an array of Jaguars, and both modern and classic British Touring Cars will be among the headline acts.

One of the highlights of the festival will see organisers pay tribute to the late Sir Roger Moore with the original Aston Martin DBS he drove in The Persuaders TV series.

The Aston Martin DBS will be among a host of intriguing and exotic machinery on display with a Ferrari 488 GTB driven to Motofest by renowned Automotive YouTube star Sam Fane.

With a Youtube following of more than 250,000 people, the internet sensation will drive the Ferrari 488 GTB from Maranello, the home town of Ferrari, to Coventry Motofest, where it will go on static display during the course of the festival weekend.

Away from the display and back on the track the Jaguars are set to roar with the XJR9 1988 Le Mans winning car and the rare XJ13 – a prototype racing car built in the 1960s and the only one of its kind in the world set to run on the Bennetts Sprint Circuit courtesy of the Jaguar Heritage Trust.

Coventry Motofest will also take it to the max this year as Power Maxed Racing’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) Vauxhall Astra runs on the circuit with a special celebrity driver.

Great British Bake-Off celebrity judge Paul Hollywood will take to the wheel of the Vauxhall Astra while an array of classic touring cars from past series will supplement Hollywood’s driving skills.

Organisers will also pay tribute on track to iconic rally driver Timo Makinen – who passed away in May – by running the Flying Finn’s 1965 Monte Carlo Rally winning Mini Cooper S on the ‘Bennetts Sprint Circuit’.

For two wheel fans, a Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000, Kevin Schwantz’s 1993 Moto GP championship winning bike, and a Phil Read world championship bike from the 70s will all feature on display and on track.

James Noble, Coventry Motofest festival director, said he is looking forward to hosting the biggest Motofest to date.

He added: “There is so much to see and do at this year’s Motofest.

“Alongside the various static displays and fringe events we also have a great music line-up across the two days with our first ever Saturday evening gig with internationally acclaimed artists Nell Bryden and Brian Houston taking to the stage.

“It all adds up to another super charged and super exciting Coventry Motofest and we look forward to staging another fantastic showcase of the city’s incredible motoring heritage.”

This year’s two-day festival takes place on Saturday (June 3) and Sunday (June 4).

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