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Sensational line-up for NASCAR-fuelled American SpeedFest II

Wednesday, April 23 2014

Brands Hatch owner MotorSport Vision (MSV) is pleased to confirm details of this year's running of the American SpeedFest at the Kent racetrack - which will once again be headlined by European NASCAR. The event takes place on Sunday 8th June - full details at www.speedfest.co.uk.

The first American SpeedFest was hailed an amazing success and a huge hit for all the family on its debut in 2013, as more than 15,000 racegoers enjoyed an Americana-infused festival of cars, music and food. The whole venue was transformed into a scene from Daytona, with all the pomp and circumstance you'd expect from a NASCAR event across the Atlantic.

The American SpeedFest II on Sunday 8th June will be even bigger and better than its predecessor!

NASCAR headlines all-American race line up

Brands Hatch is the only official NASCAR Home Track in the UK, and the brilliant NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will headline the racing timetable at SpeedFest II. Outrageous driver introductions, cheerleaders and The Star Spangled Banner will all feature, building up to a bumper-to-bumper contest of V8 stock cars reminiscent of the world famous Sprint Cup!

The USA theme continues with Pickup Truck racing and Bernie's V8s - a series showcasing powerful V8 monsters from the 1950s onwards. New for this year is Bernie's Big Bangers at Brands, recalling the halcyon days of US sportscar racing and the globally renowned Can-Am series.

Unique to Brands Hatch, fans can join in the post-race NASCAR podium celebrations as the cars and drivers make their way to Victory Lane, right at the heart of the venue.

Huge gathering of classic and famous American cars

More than 1,000 classic American cars will attend again in 2014, with the centrepiece being a 50 year timeline dedicated to the most famous of all the muscle cars - the Ford Mustang. Plus you can take a walk through Hollywood royalty with over 30 famous movie cars. Bikes will also be represented this year by branches of the Harley-Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain.

Displays and Demonstrations

Genuine race cars from across the Atlantic will take to the Brands Hatch Indy circuit to perform a series of laps, offering a unique glimpse of racing stateside. Real NASCARs from the USA's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be joined by dragsters and funny cars on track, whilst a Penske Indycar will also be on display, courtesy of leading UK race team United Autosports. You can watch the Swamp Thing Monster Truck display its immense crushing power in the live arena, and an air display is also currently being planned.

Live music and food

The Victory Lane Stage will host live bands throughout the day, including rockabilly and rock and roll band The Houndogs, blues and swing band El Camino and rhythm and blues act, The Fat Walters Band. Meanwhile you'll be able to purchase American-themed cuisine from our vendors around the venue, whilst our permanent restaurants will feature extensive USA-inspired menus with offerings including classic burgers, 'killer ribs', New York surf 'n' turf and more!

Fun for kids too!

Our younger guests will enjoy free face painting, a free bouncy castle, a fun fair, a playground at the circuit and other activities. They can even take a ride as a passenger in our Red Dragon Monster Truck!

NASCAR Vice President George Silbermann, guest of honour at the 2013 SpeedFest, said: "Following the tremendous success of the inaugural event last year, we're really honoured to be part of American SpeedFest II. 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. 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."

Discounted advance tickets for the American SpeedFest II on Sunday 8th June are just £21 online, and children under 13 are admitted free. For more information, or to book tickets, visit the dedicated website www.speedfest.co.uk.