Some of the finest retro-classic performance cars of all time will be a major draw at a thrilling new high octane event, set to take place at the world famous Donington Park on the weekend of July 30-31.

The Retro Paddock will make up a very special display at TheFast Car Festival, a live action-based show that will see the former Grand Prix circuit come to life, with performance cars of all shapes, ages and sizes, being put through their paces to please the crowds.

The retro paddock will be packed with icons ranging right from the early days of motoring through 60s and 70s classics, as well as retro cars from the 80s and 90s.

The team at Retro Cars magazine will also be bringing a selection of the magazine’s project cars along, while using the event to debut some of the readers’ cars from the current issue.

The classics will be a major draw, as will a breath taking collection of the world’s most exotic supercars, which are also coming together in a unique display.

The Supercar Paddock, supported by the Supercar Driver club, will feature cars that are together worth millions of pounds, including metal from magnificent marques such as Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Lotus and McLaren, as well as other extreme performance models from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar.

Among them will be some of the most valuable supercars of all time, including a £2-million Ferrari FXX prototype, a Lamborghini Hurracan and no less than four McLarens.

Former BBC Top Gear and Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell will be one of the show’s star guests, and visitors will have the chance to win passenger rides around the famous Donington Park circuit alongside the former F1 ace.

The show will also be well supported by Pistonheads, the online community for performance car fans. The UK-based portal for petrolheads is not only hosting one of its famous ‘Sunday Services’ on the second day of The Fast Car Festival, but will also be putting together a ‘PH Metal’ display bringing together the very best cars that represent the Pistonheads lifestyle.

The 20-car display will feature invited PH members’ rides, from hot hatches to hypercars, all in jaw-dropping condition.

Not content with simply putting on a show stopping static display, the boys and girls at Pistonheads will also be taking to the Donington circuit for a 30-car Pistonheads members’ track session, wheel-to-wheel, at high speed around the former GP circuit.

The Fast Car Festival is a live, action-based event and will feature cars from all over the world, with the honoured marque for the inaugural event being Lotus, whose models will enjoy a special display area and exclusive track time. Indeed, Nottingham based Central Lotus is officially supporting The Fast Car Festival with models from its showroom and a stand, giving the public the chance to talk all things Lotus with an official dealer.

Yet as well as the cars, the focus is as much on having fun, with a live stage and a full-on festival atmosphere.

Show goers will also be able to take their own vehicle out in a number of public track sessions. There’s also the chance for an unforgettable thrill ride, by hopping into the passenger seat of some of the world’s fastest and rarest super cars for a few adrenaline-filled laps of the former F1 circuit.

Away from the thrills and spills of the track, visitors will be able to soak up the atmosphere of the festival, with music, food and dress evoking every great motoring nation and trend from across the world. There will be vast club areas within the infield, where you can browse hundreds of the finest, rarest, fastest and priciest cars around.

Meanwhile, over at the main stage there will be live music and interviews with motoring celebrities, along with an ‘experts’ quiz team, taking on the most knowledgeable show goers in an Eggheads-style challenge.

The main party will get underway on the Saturday night with licensed bars and a brilliant selection of live bands, followed by appearances from club DJs and an evening of party music.

The Fast Car Festival is brought to you by the team behind the world famous TRAX and Japfest events and looks set to be one of the most entertaining, original and enthralling shows in 2016.

Tickets are available now at The Fast Car Festival with discounts for earlybird customers, saving up to £5 on the gate price or £10 on a weekend camping pass.