Feast of cars on show at Alford

A Ferrari F40 will be among the cars on show
A Ferrari F40 will be among the cars on show

classic and performance car enthusiasts will be heading for the Grampian Transport Museum on July 1.

Now approaching its third consecutive year SpeedFest is keenly anticipated and is the main charitable fundraiser for the Grampian Transport Museum.

On the day there will be 100 specially invited classic sports and performance cars, mainly post 1955 but with a few earlier models to set the scene in the historical pageant which will also celebrate anniversaries for the AC Cobra, Ferrari F40 and Britain’s own MGB.

This day will appeal to all serious enthusiasts but also families looking for an eventful day out.

The first 600 people through the gates/buying tickets are given a free ride ticket to experience in a range of 12 supercars.

Also on the day, will be the parallel Autotest where two cars run identical courses plus an extended range of pursuits by special request, possibly due to the same event last year between the brand new Ferrari and the Tesla Electric sports car - viewed many times after the event courtesy of ‘You Tube’.

‘Mechanical guests of honour’ appear in the form of the latest McLaren supercar and one of the late Colin McRae’s best known rally cars, a Ford Focus WRC 2001, entered by local enthusiast Bob Shepherd of Station Garage, Torphins. This was built new for the Acropolis Rally in 2001, beating the opposition to come away with first place.

New this year will be a Drifting Demo by the Aberdeen group known as Garage LSD showcasing a test of car control using the opposite lock steering technique - a kind of fourwheeled speedway.

A unique feature of SpeedFest is that as many as possible of the 100 supercars participate in the track events, displayed in action rather than as static exhibits.

See www.gtm.org.uk for on-line ticket sales.