With just a few days to go, the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford is gearing up for the annual Alford Speedfest. (Sunday June 29)
Speedfest is an established flagship event at the museum, showcasing 120 specially selected and invited cars to make up the best entry list seen in the north east.
The vehicles which participate in the event are made as accessible as possible to the public.
The event is based around the museums road circuit, which incorporates the famous Alford Pursuits. As well as seeing the cars put through their paces, families have the chance to join in with fast car rides for the first 500 visitors through the gates, before the event gets fully underway.
Highlights for the 2014 Speedfest include the ‘Jim Robbins Special’, a 1951 Offenhauser engined Indy car – this was on pole position for the 1955 Indianapolis 500, this was on pole position for the 1955 Indianapolis 500. This is now on site and has been kindly loaned for the event by Mr E. Dean Butler. This was last displayed publically at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, driven by the US Formula 1 driver Eddie Cheever.
Also taking part at Speedfest 2014 is the ‘Charles Bang Special’ slingshot dragster; the first dragster ever to take part in proceedings at the Alford venue. Having set the US ‘D’ class quarter mile record at 10.35 seconds, it is powered by a flathead V8 and took part at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking part in a display of vintage dragsters.
A unique Packard Bentley will also participate in the 2014 event, driven by historic racer Chris Williams. Direct from the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, the vehicle is an awesome sight to behold, spitting flames from the exhausts of a 1500bhp, 42 litre supercharged engine. Simply put it is more powerful than a Bugatti Veyron. Add to that Jimmy McRae’s rally cars and a fantastic aerobatic display from Richard Pargetter in his Pitts Special and Speedfest 2014 is certainly shaping up to be one of the best yet!
Museum curator, Mike Ward, is looking forward to this year’s event.
He said: “Alford Speedfest is always one of the highlights of our programme and for 2014 we’ve assembled the widest range and selection of interesting sports and performance cars ever seen in the North East. We’ve very privileged to have the Charles Bang dragster here, it’s the first time we’ve had such a vehicle taking part in proceeds and along with the aerobatic display it’s something to add that ‘wow’ factor to the event.”
A number of local and national companies are providing support for the event, including Parks Motor Group, Aberdeen Porsche, John Clark BMW, Revolutions of Perth, Specialist Cars Volkswagen and Nissan, Glack Attack mud run, EDB Racing and Storm Windows.
Admission to the outdoor event is £10 for adults, £5 for children, £7 for OAPS and a family ticket is available for £25.