Sunshine, celebrities and supercars a plenty at Laverstoke Park Farm…

CarFest South made its long-awaited return to Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire, to celebrate its eighth year of fast cars and fundraising. Over 50,000 car lovers basked in glorious sunshine throughout the weekend, making their way around the festival, whilst also helping raise money for UK Children’s charities.

The days were packed with thrilling track performances, with over 100 cars including the supercars, monster trucks, hot rods and movie cars taking to the track each day, along with a host of top manufacturers showcasing their latest offerings.

This year saw CarFest introduce two new paddocks, one of which was specially curated by former Formula 1 Champion and owner of Laverstoke Park Farm, Jody Scheckter. The additional paddock was in honour of Scheckter’s 40 years in F1 and winning the Drivers’ Championship.

CarFest also featured a host of interactive content for visitors alongside Car Clubs and major manufacturers showcasing a huge range of cars from Aston Martin, Lamborghini, BAC Mono, Toyota, McLaren and Caterham to name but a few.

Away from the car side of things, CarFest rocked to the sounds of music legends such as Boy George & Culture Club, Jools Holland, The Jacksons, Judge Jules, Kaiser Chiefs, Rick Astley and Tom Odell.

CarFest, was created by Chris Evans in 2012 with the sole purpose of raising funds for UK children’s charities and over the past seven years successfully raised over £13.5million for BBC Children in Need. This year the festival has added a further four charities to the mix and alongside BBC Children in Need.

Chris Evans told us: “What a magnificent and emotional weekend this was. I laughed, I cried, and we all celebrated the great resilience and strength of young people. Each year CarFest restores my faith in mankind and particularly the British public. CarFesters are absolutely amazing and they continue to give so generously to these amazing charities. I just want to say a big Thank You to everyone who helped make the sixteenth CarFest, possibly one of the best ever!”

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Words and photography Glenn Rowswell & CarFest