LOOK: Tens of thousands enjoy MotoFest in Coventry - The Coventry Observer

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LOOK: Tens of thousands enjoy MotoFest in Coventry

Editorial Correspondent 3rd Jun, 2019 Updated: 3rd Jun, 2019

THOUSANDS enjoyed a weekend of non-stop motoring action in Coventry – the UK’s historic ‘motor city’.

Organisers praised the weekend’s (June 1 and 2) event as the biggest yet complete with four-wheel thrills, music and great food.

With a host of new attractions, there were three main venues where petrolheads got up close to live motorsport action.

On Saturday, the festival kicked off with the traditional motorbike ride-in to the city centre.

The ring road and the city’s major arteries once again doubled as a makeshift race track with the GT Radial Sprint Circuit providing audiences with supercar and historic race car parades, truck races and motorbike sprints throughout the day.

And after three years, racing trucks returned to the festival, much to the delight of spectators.

In between displays came practice sessions for the BARC Connaught National Speed Championship.

The Skydome Fueltopia Arena saw drift demos from Michelle Westby, stunt bikes and high-speed Formula G practices.

Touring car legend Jason Plato became the latest British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) driver to take on the unique ring road circuit.

The two-time British Touring Car (BTCC) Champion and record holder for the most BTCC race wins, was put through his paces on Saturday.

On Sunday, a spectacular 1,000 classic car parade passed through Coventry to celebrate Citroën UK’s 100th anniversary.

In the Skydome Arena more competitive Formula G races began as the rain began to pour down in the afternoon, with a scintillating finale parade and burnout.

The Supercar Driver club (SCD) made its second consecutive appearance at the festival with 100 members and their cars, double the amount of last year, appeared across the festival weekend.

There were also three music stages including a community stage, a folk stage, or one offering rock, dance and funk.

And visitors say a photography exhibition, an artist painting with cars, and enjoyed an orchestral concert.

A Global Street Food Village for Texas-style smoked meats, ethically farmed British burgers, Italian meatballs, Mexican burritos and more catered to hungry spectators.

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