Deutsche Fest will become the latest themed bonanza to join the Brands Hatch calendar when it debuts this weekend (19-20 August). This all-new weekender with camping will be a fantastic event for German car enthusiasts and casual fans alike, with a mixture of car clubs a German themed race programme and off-track spread to match.
On-track action will be headlined by the Maximumgroup.net VAG Trophy on Saturday and Volkswagen Racing Cup on Sunday, with both championships promoting close racing for cars from the VW group. One-make VW races are always frantic with overtaking, and a little contact, so with four races between the classes across the two days, we're guaranteed plenty of thrills and spills.
Other highlight races will include a double-header E30 M3 Celebration, as the iconic BMW marks the 30th anniversary of its first DTM win. Plus, there will be other one-make fixtures for German modified saloon cars.
The racing will be interspersed with demonstrations from significant German machinery, plus F1 cars, as well as public trackday sessions. It's still possible to book your own car in for track time at www.msvtrackdays.com.
The venue's off-track areas will showcase the efficiency and innovation of German horsepower, with cars from VW, BMW, Audi, and Porsche sharing the spotlight in extensive car displays. This will include participation from various car clubs, and many of the cars will be turned out in concours condition for the 'Das Auto' awards.
Other activities will include stunt shows, and trade stands selling accessories for German cars.
There will be plenty of reason to come and make a weekend out of it too, with entertainment continuing well into the evening on Saturday night. An Oktoberfest-style beer tent will encourage guests to stay the night on our on-site campsite featuing full facilities, with live music, beer, an oompah band, and more fun and games.
Tickets start from £15 in advance at www.deutschefest.co.uk until midday Wednesday with free entry for under-13s. Alternatively, book by calling 0843 453 9000.
Also this weekend, Mini Festival returns to Oulton Park with a bumper programme of themed racing, car club activities, and off-track attractions this Saturday (19 August). For just one day, the picturesque Tarporley venue will be devoted to Britain's most popular compact car, with Mini racing, Mini displays, Mini competitions, and much more.
The on-track show will be headlined by the MINI CHALLENGE UK, which will offer up six races across three slightly different classes. Foremost amongst these will be the MINI CHALLENGE - JCW category, which is home to the most advanced tin top racing machines in the country, outside the British Touring Car Championship.
Fans hoping to take a closer look at these machines are in luck as there will be a free grid walk at lunch time ahead of the second JCW race of the afternoon. This will be a great opportunity to meet the drivers, add some signatures to the autograph collection, and soak up the unique atmosphere of an impending motor race., and is free of charge to all.
The Cooper Pro/Am and Open MINI CHALLENGE groups will showcase lower class MINIs as well, with fierce bumper-to-bumper action expected up and down both grids.
Original Minis will be out in force too, with races for the Mini Miglias and Mini Se7ens. Cars based on the original Alec Issigonis are always a massive hit and these two classes are renowned for producing crowd-pleasing racing.
Away from the racing there will be much to see and do too, including large displays from Mini clubs and individual car owners. The UK-based Mini community is enormously devoted and it always creates a real buzz when they get together in one place. The Mini owners themselves will bring the event to a joyous conclusion with a track parade at the close of racing.
Other event highlights will include trade stands, funfair rides, live music, and YoungDrive! taster sessions which will put your 11-17-year-old in the MINI driving seat.
Tickets for the Oulton Park Mini Festival are available online in advance from £19 until midday on Wednesday 16 August and £25 on the gate thereafter with free entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.mini-festival.co.uk.