Uncle Sam heads to Brands Hatch

News Shopper: 2.Fans can join the drivers in Victory Lane, and watch some great live bands during the day 2.Fans can join the drivers in Victory Lane, and watch some great live bands during the day

Brands Hatch will transform into a scene from the United States this weekend with the American SpeedFest II event on Sunday.

The only NASCAR series outside of the Americas, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, headlines on-track and race fans will be treated to 30 V8 NASCARs tumbling down Paddock Hill during a pair of races, featuring some of Europe’s best stock car drivers.

There’s also a great support cast of Bernie’s Big Bangers at Brands Hatch - a celebration of Can-Am sportscars, plus Bernie’s V8 muscle cars and the Pickup Truck Championship.

There’s more than just racing at American SpeedFest II.

An opening ceremony, like those seen stateside, will introduce the drivers and feature an aerobatic display from a North American T-6 Texan.

Meanwhile, more than one thousand classic and modern American cars and bikes are expected to join a venue-filling display, with a 50-year timeline tracing the evolution of the Ford Mustang and a celebratory display of Ford GT40s as its centre piece.

A Penske IndyCar driven to victory by Rick Mears and a Mario Andretti Lola Formula 5000 will also be on static display along with a collection of film cars.

Dragsters will also perform a demonstration on track.

Four brilliant bands will hit the Victory Lane live music stage throughout the day and the stage will also host the celebrations of the winning NASCAR drivers.

Monster Trucks and mountainboarders will be performing in the live action arena, while the trade village has more than doubled in size since 2013.

Fans can create their own thrills with Bagjump, a freejump landing platform, a huge zip line, high ropes course and laser maze.

There’s fun for kids too, with free face painting, an adventure play area, entertainers and a bouncy castle.

Tickets cost £21 in advance with free entry for children under 13.

For more information, visit speedfest.co.uk

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