A HISTORIC MotoFest Coventry festival provided machine mayhem in the sun as the ring road became a racing circuit while some of the world’s most recognisable cars parked up in the city centre.
The weekend’s highly anticipated event marked the return of competitive motorsports to a UK city centre track – the first time since 1990.
With an action-packed two days of events, the city was packed with thousands of vehicle lovers in another massive coup for Coventry.
Promoters said the estimated 150,000 people who turned out is a record-breaking figure for the festival.
The event’s first sprint competition provided a scintillating spectacle as classic and state-of-the-art cars raced each other for first place.
It was a photographer’s delight with an array of supercars positioned outside the cathedral while classic Jaguars and Land Rovers paraded along the city’s roads – during an event designed to pay tribute to Coventry’s motoring heritage.
Motofest enthusiasts were delighted to see the famous Jaguar XJR9 which won at Le Mans in the 1988 Grand Prix of Endurance – a pioneering vehicle for the West Midlands car industry celebrating its 30-year anniversary.
The time trial events – drawing vehicles from the British Automobile Racing Club’s (BARC) various championship series – saw a fast-paced demonstration of the capabilities of vehicles on show.
The short oval circuit provided heart-racing timed shoot-outs with 20 top drivers displaying their custom cars’ highest speeds.
And the roar of the motorbikes making their arrival into the city from Coombe Abbey on Saturday morning kicked off the events in style.