American SpeedFest Returns To Brands Hatch

by James Charman

MotorSport Vision has confirmed that American SpeedFest at Brands Hatch will once again be headlined by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

The event, held on Sunday 8th June, will see the European NASCAR series top an American themed lineup which includes Pickup Truck racing, Bernie’s V8s – a series for powerful V8 monsters from the 1950s and new for this year’s event, Bernie’s Big Bangers at Brands, celebrating the glorious days of the renowned Can-Am series.

The first American SpeedFest festival, held last year, was a major success for the Kent circuit – the only official NASCAR Home Track in the UK. Over 15,000 fans descended on Brands Hatch for the inaugural festival of cars, music and food, with everything from an Elvis impersonator to a BBQ competition on offer.

The 2014 event will be no different, with rockabilly and rock and roll band The Houndogs, blues and swing band El Camino and rhythm and blues act The Fat Walters Band all confirmed to be making appearances throughout the day. While the music is playing, racegoers will be able to sample American cuisine once again from the circuit vendors, while the circuit’s permanent restaurants will be serving extensive USA-inspired menus including classic burgers, ribs and New York surf ‘n’ turf.

“Following the tremendous success of the inaugural event last year, we’re really honoured to be part of American SpeedFest II,” said NASCAR Vice President of Regional and Touring Series, George Silbermann. “This event is much, much more than NASCAR racing. Yes, there will be a strong group of international drivers putting on a great show for the fans, but this is also about family entertainment. It’s a celebration of Americana, American-themed motorsport and American-themed motoring.”

“Last year’s turnout was an eye-popping assembly of row after row of beautiful machinery,” he added. “This year the entertainment will feature more music, more cars, bikes and even more fun. Together with our great partners at MSV, NASCAR and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series look to make Brands Hatch the place to be for NASCAR fans and NASCAR racing for years to come.”

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