American SpeedFest was launched in 2013 to great acclaim. Fusing American-oriented motoring and motorsport with music, food and entertainment, the event was a huge hit with spectators and families in particular. The world-famous Brands Hatch is the perfect host venue - its natural amphitheatre offers unrivalled views of all the action, and its facilities are second to none. And it has great road links too, being just 5 minutes from junction 3 of the M25.
The iconic Kent track was transfomed into a scene from Daytona for the fifth successive year on 10/11 June when American SpeedFest V took place. The superb NASCAR Whelen Euro Series made its return as the headline act, bringing with it all the pomp and circumstance that we so closely associate with the US. Outrageous driver introductions, cheerleaders and The Star Spangled Banner all featured, building up towards a bumper-to-bumper contest reminiscent of the world-famous Sprint Cup!
The American theme continued across the support races with Bernie's V8s, a series showcasing powerful classic American cars. The ever popular Pickup Truck racers returned to SpeedFest and wowed the crowd with their unique mix of noise and drama, and a wealth of demonstration runs - including genuine NASCARs and an IndyCar - gave visitors a truly American experience.
Spectators had plenty away from the track too with a host of themed activities including live music throughout the day, monster trucks (including those offering passenger rides), American cuisine and our very own Victory Lane, where spectators were just inches from the winning car and drivers for the NASCAR post-race celebrations! There was also a myriad of classic American cars on display, including Hot Rod and Street Rods from the VHRA and NSRA respectively.
Free kids' entertainment and cheerleader displays all added to the fun at this brilliant, totally unique day out for all the family.
SpeedFest will return in 2018 - for more information please visit the official website here.