When the first Yorkshire Motorsport Festival will take place


THE first ever Yorkshire Motorsport Festival is set to take place later this summer after getting the green light to go ahead. The family-friendly festival of racing and speed was due to debut last year but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but can now go ahead while following Covid-secure rules. It will be the first time a festival of this kind, celebrating all forms of motorsport from supercars, rallying and stock cars, to vintage vehicles, trucks and tractors, has taken place in the county, and promises to be a treat for petrolheads in Bradford and the rest of the region.

When and where will the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival take place? The three-day festival has been given the green light by Motorsport UK and Kirklees Council, having gained the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard consumer mark from Visit Britain. This mark aims to assure visitors and residents that clear processes are in place to make the event Covid-secure.

It will take place between June 25 and June 27 near Holmfirth on a 125 acre site catering for all motorsports fans, and is being held in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. What will be taking place at the Festival? There will be three days of closed-road hill climbing featuring mainly pre-1986 cars, celebrating the centenary of hill climbs in the area.

It will feature Jaguars, Bentleys and Grand Tourers, along with champion drivers and well-known raceers. The Wolfstones Hill Climb is a first for Yorkshire, as the first Motorsport UK licensed hill climb in the region with road closures in place. More than 80 racers will be competing every day aiming to set the quickest time in their class and on the day.

The Aston Marton Owners Club will also be rolling into town, providing a touch of 007 class to proceedings with some of Britain’s most iconic cars of the past 70 years. There will also be displays by vintage cars, rally cars, stock cars, American hot rods, super cars and hyper cars, along with the Palmer Engineering village for those who love getting a look under the bonnet. There will also be a shopping section with artisan food and drinks and a fun fair to keep the less car-obsessed guests well entertained.

There will also be demonstrations including stunt shows, aerial displays, cheerleaders, Formula 1 demos, driving simulators and much more. In the evenings will come live music, with the line up set to be announced soon (tickets for this must be bought seperately). How do I get tickets and how much do they cost?

You can buy ticketes from the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival website. Tickets cost GBP20 for a day pass for adults or GBP50 for a three day pass, GBP10 for a junior day pass or GBP25 for a three day pass, GBP45 for a day family pass (two adults, three under 1s) or GBP75 for a family three day pass. Under 10s go free.

There is also the option of camping packages and tickets for the live music events. Michael McErlain said: “We are delighted to have the full support of Motorsports UK and all of the local residents. “We are in full throttle as we prepare for the Festival.

We are delighted to announce our Festival ambassador, ex- F1 driver and television presenter Karun Chandhok and special guest Sarah Crabtree from UKTV’s Bangers & Cash. “This is something truly spectacular that people can look forward to in the near future that combines the best of the country’s motorsport attractions with the bonus of family entertainment. “Most of the activities take place outside, and we are putting every precaution in place, going the extra mile, to ensure that our event is safe for everyone.

“We are operating as a no cash event, with all transactions completed by contactless payments, and we ask all visitors to comply with our safety directions and advisories.

“It is encouraging that the car and truck displays are almost full but there are opportunities for traders to book stands in the Yorkshire Shopping Village.”