News Issue 20

Stock Star

The 1997 F1 World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve, will be a star addition to the line-up for American SpeedFest 7 at Brands Hatch on June 1st-2nd, following confirmation that he will race full-time in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2019. Villeneuve, also a former Indy 500 and CART winner, will compete with the Go Fas Racing team and has already competed in all three of NASCAR’s major National Series, plus the Pinty’s Series in Canada.

Villeneuve will be the first former F1 champ to compete full-time in Euro NASCAR, and commented, “I had a lot of fun discovering the car because it is really similar to what I was used to in NASCAR in the US. Returning full-time is what matters the most to me, because I want to be part of a complete project and have a goal for the entire season. I’m really looking forward to the first race of 2019!”

The packed SpeedFest weekend schedule includes multiple NASCAR races plus Legends, Bernie’s V8s, F5000s, Super Silhouettes and the welcome return of the Pickup Truck Racing Series. Tickets for American SpeedFest 7 are on sale now from £19, under-13s go free. For more information or to book, see www.speedfest.co.uk.

Garage Time

We are pleased to announce that we have taken over one of the huge buildings at the National Hot Rod, Custom & American show, giving us 7,600sq.m. of indoor Street Machine Garage for 2019! We would like to offer clubs, individual car owners and traders, that usually sit outside or on the showfield, the opportunity to join us inside our New Street Machine Garage at the show. Car clubs can showcase 5-10 of their cars and create a club display. We have also allocated some bespoke spaces for car owners to show off their rides within the Garage.

It’s not going to be just about cars; there’s lots going on with trade stands, our own Street Machine Magazine Display, The Super Bike Stunt Show, and Lowrider Arena with show’n’shine and agility displays. Also new for 2019, The Street Machine Garage will be the start and finish point for the Sporting Bears’ Dream Rides paddock. There’s a bar and live music… it’s going to be the place to be seen.

If you would like to reserve a (two-day) place for April 20th-21st, just follow this link for more information: www.hotrodandcustomshow.co.uk/street-machine-garage

Meaty GT

For the truly hardcore, an available Carbon Fiber Track Package features exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels(11.5-inch),custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane.The rear seat is deleted to reduce weight.

As we went to press, Ford announced the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever. A supercharged, 700hp+ 5.2 V8 and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox means sub-11-second quarters as well as circuit-handling capability, and it goes on sale in Autumn.