Highlands hosting Festival of Speed

By Catherine Pattison on Sat, 8 Apr 2017 | Latest News
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A selection of classic cars race in the 2015 Festival of Speed at Highlands Motorsport Park. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Classic racing returns to Cromwell this weekend as Highlands Motorsport Park hosts the two-day Festival of Speed.

On the track there will be class racing between Formula Libre, Formula Atlantic, Pre-'65s, Mainland Muscle Cars, Modern Classics and Nostalgic Classics cars. Over in the pits, more than 100 vehicles will be on display as part of the event's vehicle show.

In previous years, Highlands has held the annual Festival of Speed in January but has moved it to April to avoid adding another event to what is already a ‘‘hectic'' summer month, general manager Mike Sentch said.

This year, for the first time, the Highlands Sprint Series is included in the Festival of Speed programme. Now in its second year, the series is popular with motorsport's grassroots drivers. Sentch said the idea for the series came from the competitors themselves.

‘‘Many competitors who weren't eligible or experienced enough to compete at our higher profile events like the Highlands 101 were keen to have a go racing at Highlands. The Sprint Series gives people the chance to experience the circuit, the atmosphere and what it's like to race against other cars.''

Nearly 50 cars competed at the first round in December. The final round of the series is on April 29 and 30.