Deutsche Fest became the latest themed event to join the Brands Hatch calendar in 2017 (19-20 August). This all-new weekender with camping was 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 was 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, there were guaranteed plenty of thrills and spills.
Other highlight races included a double-header E30 M3 Celebration, as the iconic BMW marks the 30th anniversary of its first DTM win.
The racing was interspersed with demonstrations from significant German machinery, plus F1 cars, as well as public trackday sessions.
The venue's off-track areas showcased the efficiency and innovation of German horsepower, with cars from VW, BMW, Audi, and Porsche sharing the spotlight in extensive car displays. This included participation from various car clubs, and many of the cars turned out in concours condition for the 'Das Auto' awards.
Other activities included stunt shows, and trade stands selling accessories for German cars.
There was plenty of reason to make a weekend of it too, with entertainment continuing well into the evening on Saturday night. An Oktoberfest-style beer tent encouraged guests to stay the night with live music, beer, an oompah band, and more.
Deutsche Fest will return in 2018 - for more information, please click here.