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The biggest celebration of American fuelled motoring, music and racing this side of the Atlantic. This is a huge two day Stars & Stripes extravaganza held at the Brands Hatch circuit, which has grown year on year. With a “Live Action” arena, visitors could experience live stunt shows from the “Maximum Lock” Stunt Team and watch in amazement the exploits of the thundering monster truck “Swamp Thing”.
For those looking to experience driving a “Big American Rig” a “Kenworth” truck could be sampled on the GP loop. With passenger seat rides available for those looking to experience the ride but not drive.
Throughout the paddock and circuit the Speedfest Cheerleaders entertained while the Motion Picture Motor Club pulled the crowds with the iconic Steve McQueen “Bullitt” Mustang 390 GT Fastback and its counterpart Dodge Charger.
For the kids ‘selfie’ time came in abundance with “Storm Troopers”, movie characters and the “Transformers” ‘Bumblebee’ and ‘Optimus Prime’ mingling around the circuit.
Torrential rain for days leading up to the event left the usual Wellhead venue afloat with only the feathered and paddling varieties able to enjoy this new found paradise.
This resulted in some last minute head scratching as the organisers tried to relocate all exhibitors and traders around the town.
On arrival we were directed to the town centre where Marshals were parking exhibitors in a ‘Le Mans’ style start formation along the main West Street.
Booked to capacity weeks before the event, this Fenland towns event committee famed as the home of the BRM (British Racing Motors) F1 Racing Team had managed to wave their magic wand and relocate all exhibitors and traders to higher dry ground.
The 2019 season opener was a mixture of sunshine and showers for the two day early Bank Holiday event, with the best of the weather to be had on the Sunday.
Inside the halls, manufacturers displayed a good showing of Cobra’s with some very eye catching colours schemes. Outside over 100 club displays saw Seven’s and Cobra’s fill the showground.