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28-02-2012, 12:51 PM
All Nova Owners/Drivers

If you listen to Chris Evans breakfast show on Radio 2 in the mornings you may have heard that he is trying to organise a charity car event for 'Children in Need'. The outline plan is to hold the event at the farm owned by Jody Scheckter (famous racing driver) in Hampshire as a 2 day 'one night camping' event with cars, live bands and other stalls. It is currently in the early planning stages and scheduled for August Bank Holiday weekend. It would be a static display (like our normal shows), but there is also talk of a 'Hillclimb' procession of cars.
In this 40th year of the Nova it would be really good to get represented so I have sent a message to Chris indicating that the Club would be interested in supporting the event. I hope I can get your support if we are invited to go.

Please let me know if:

a. You could be available at August Bank Holiday weekend.
b. Your car will be on the road for it.
c. You want to join in.

Thanks. I will post any updates here as I get them.


28-02-2012, 08:08 PM
Yes I heard that this morig on my way to work. Sounds like it will be an interesting event. The reek should be on the road but, despite saying I was on my way to work ths moring I am between jobs & don't know if I will be avaliable or not.

I'll keep you posted.


29-02-2012, 06:45 PM
Well, its local to me (somewhere), and I would hope that both myself and the Green Machine would be well enough to attend by then!

Definite maybe :D


04-03-2012, 06:17 PM
I'm s bit like lauren at the moment car in bits also body not far behind.
Ill keep you posted

01-05-2012, 01:48 PM

Just got off the phone with one of the Car Fest organisers and they have confirmed they would like Club Nova to attend. :clapping:

Additionally, due to overwhelming support of the Southern event, there are also plans to have an identical Northern event; this will take place on 8/9 September 2012 at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, (which is about the same distance up the country as Newark but on the western side).

The organisers are sending me an application form so I hope to have more details when it arrives. Basically they are aiming to have 7 examples of each car marque on display. With your support we should be able to field that number easily.

Watch this space for further details when I get them.


01-05-2012, 08:32 PM
Well, that is interesting. Do we still have to pay to get in if we are exhibiting? I understand all the tickets for the southern event sold out in minutes. Are we allowed to come and go, or are displaying cars obliged to be on-site for both days?

Still interested :thumbup:


01-05-2012, 10:16 PM
Very, very interested. I am now under orders from her to make it seat 3, make it look respectable, so I can take her and Lulu as well

10-05-2012, 12:34 PM
C4R FE5T - Latest update:

I submitted the exhibitors attendance form to the organisers yesterday. There were three elements for involvement that could be ticked on the form: Static Display, Concours and Hillclimb - I ticked all three :shock: . I also indicated that we would have 10 cars attending (the minimum required by the organiser was 8) and added a potted history of the Nova and mentioned our 40th anniversary.

I will let you know the details for attendance when I get an update.

Here is a list of those who have indicated an interest in attending, please let me know if you want to be included (I will add you to the list) or can't make it over August Bank Holiday (I'll take you off the list):

Mick & Sue - MicksRedNova
Lauren - Green Machine
Mike & Elaine - Purple Pashion
Martin + - Bushboy
Ces & Rose - ?? (Nena)
Alex & Liz. - Alzax3

Until told otherwise by the organisers I am organising our attendance on the basis of:

1. Free entry for driver and Passenger.
2. A space where we can camp and display together (a la Kitcar Shows).
3. Those car drivers not camping overnight can arrive and leave at sensible times.
4. Free entry for those bringing the support equipment (Gazebo etc).

Watch this thread for updates.


10-05-2012, 07:26 PM
I seem to have been missed off the list Mick :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

10-05-2012, 10:19 PM
I seem to have been missed off the list Mick :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
:oops2: now sorted - you're on the list.


11-05-2012, 09:26 PM
Thankyou Mick! :bleh: :D :D :D :D :D :D

20-05-2012, 01:14 PM
Cholmondeley castle is just up the road from me about 7 miles, if running on 4 cylinders I could make it.

27-06-2012, 10:28 PM
Good News :clapping:

I checked with the organisers today and Club Nova are on the list to display cars at both events. I am awaiting the access details and site layout which I will send round to those lucky people on the list.

If you have a Nova on the road, and want to be added to the list then let me know.

See here for CarFest website : http://www.carfest.org/page.cfm


28-06-2012, 10:33 PM
Great news,
Cant wait, but I have to as I am still fiddling with the Purvis, but making progress.

Mrs Bushboy has just offered to roller paint the car before the carfest. She reckons it looks a bit rough at the moment. I'll have to sand it down between coats at night & she can pretend its the hall way & roller it during the day. :whip:


29-06-2012, 09:01 PM
Excellent news. That gives me 2 months to fix the Green Machine - no pressure!

(very frustrated at the moment, work is messing up my weekends as well as my weekdays...)

Being without wheels at this time of year is such a pain in a$$, I've even had to forego my annual pilgrimage to FOS :cry: - perhaps Carfest will help to compensate...


19-07-2012, 08:38 PM

Just over 1 month to go before the show. I hope the guys on the list are well on their way to fixing, MOTing, Polishing or whatever elseing is needed to be ready for attendance at the show.
If there are any other Novas out there that are road-ready and not on the list and available for the show please PM me or post here.



31-07-2012, 09:56 PM
I recently discovered there is a charge for the Club to attend and a cost to camp at the CarFest events. :facepalm: I am currently querying with the organisers when I need to send them the booking form (and money).

If you are interested in going, and have a roadworthy Nova, there is still at least one place left.

Please let me know asap if you want to come along. Likewise for the Northern event at Cholmondley Castle in Cheshire on 8/9 September. :whip:



01-08-2012, 09:37 AM
I recently discovered there is a charge for the Club to attend and a cost to camp at the CarFest events. :facepalm: I am currently querying with the organisers

:clapping: GREAT NEWS - Because I booked Club Nova in when the event was first announced we DON'T have to pay a booking fee :groupwave: and will be one of ONLY 27 car clubs with a static display.

So if you want FREE ENTRY to CarFest you need to:

A. Bring your Nova.
B. Be available on either Saturday or Sunday (or both) from 8am to 6pm.
C. Let me know as soon possible that you want to be part of it.
D. Pay for camping (£100 if you want to stay on-site at CarFest ) or make alternative local arrangements.



01-08-2012, 05:55 PM
That is good news :clapping:

01-08-2012, 06:51 PM
Agreed, I was firmly in the 'well they can stuff that' frame of mind, especially the camping charge as you could stay B&B with us for four nights for only £4 more........ I'm still happy to consider at least one day though there would have to be a local campsite if I was to be able to get to the venue at 8 o'clock (don't fancy setting off in the wee small hours!) Will get back to you Mick.

01-08-2012, 09:03 PM
Campig is £100 per tent, o matter how big! Has any one got a 7 bedroom tent? Seriously is any one attending up for sharing? I can get my hands on a 3 bedroom tent.


01-08-2012, 09:49 PM
Seriously is any one attending up for sharing?


Don't panic. I'm investigating alternative sites close by.


02-08-2012, 08:30 PM
That sounds a lot better Mick, and much more fun than all the restrictions the show site is imposing!

03-08-2012, 03:20 PM
Alex & Bushboy

I have provisionally booked us all into a campsite about 15 miles from the show site :groupwave: at £16 per night, for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. I hope that is OK with you guys.

The site is Bishops Green Farm Campsite. Basically a field with toilets and showers I believe.


14-08-2012, 06:20 PM
Hi all
Here is some more info regarding CarFest. Although the list of Nova attendees is looking a bit thin with only Alex and Me confirmed to attend.

Dear Car Club Member,

We have been passed your details by the organisers of the forthcoming CarFest events, because in order to celebrate the inaugural CarFest events, Hagerty (the UK’s classic vehicle insurance specialist) are arranging a unique competition for those clubs who are attending the North and South events. In keeping with the Children In Need theme, the Hagerty led ‘Junior Judges’ competition will see 15 to 20 children aged from 8 to 15 years old visiting club stands to choose their favourite car. We would ask that your club have a nominated vehicle that can be judged by the Junior Judges. The owner of the nominated car should be on hand to answer questions, talk about their car and interact with the Judges. Each child will score the car and the car with the most points will win the Junior Judges trophy. The judging will take place between 2pm and 3pm on the Saturday of both the CarFest events, with the winner being announced later each Saturday afternoon at c 3.30pm amidst a flurry of publicity for the Junior Judges, your club and the winning car.

Given the number of clubs attending the event, and as we are limited with the time with the judges, we regret that we can only judge the first seven clubs who confirm that they are willing to be entered in to the Judging competition.

For more details, or to register your interest, please email me by return confirming whether you would prefer to be included for CarFest North or CarFest South or considered for both.

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you later this month and at Cholmondley!

14-08-2012, 07:22 PM
And yet more stuff (Rules and Regs for the day for those attending) I will also email it to those on the initial distribution list with the maps and layout pictures in.



Car–Fest South
Car Clubs

14TH August 2012

Club: Club Nova Pitch: CC24

Dear Mick Poat Car Club Co-ordinator

Welcome to CarFest South at Laverstoke Park Farm. The event will bring together the best of cars, food and music for families to enjoy. Thank you so much for agreeing to bring and display you clubs cars within what promises to be a very exciting and extremely well attended event. Car Fest is a sold out event with 15,000 visitors per day coming to see your car and your drive up the hill climb within Jody Scheckter’s farm.
We hope that below sets out all the information you need to find us and to understand the format of the car club displays and to make your experience with us as smooth and enjoyable as possible. If you do have any questions then don’t hesitate to contact us. In order to protect your safety and those at the event we do ask you to read carefully this manual and all other paperwork provided to you.

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Entrance and participation (by either you or the club members designated by you) is subject to you completing the attached CarFest Entry Form, the rules in this Handbook and the Site Rules of the Organiser as attached (or as further notified to you)
Key Facts -
Fri 24th Car Clubs to arrive at Gate B from 12.00hrs but no later than 21.00hrs.
We strongly recommend that all display cars are brought to site on Friday as we have very little time allowed on Saturday morning for access to site.
Paddock Office for accreditation will be open from 12.00hrs until 21.00hrs in the Paddock.
Exhibitor Camp Site Opens from 14.00hrs – last arrival at 22.00hrs.
Show Opens to public at 17.00 – restricted area of Arena Field only.
Show Closes at 23.00hrs.
Sat 25the Late arrivals Gate B - 06.00hrs until 08.00hrs ( any cars arriving after 08.00hrs will not be allowed access to car club display area ). Please arrive early to avoid a last minute rush at 08.00hrs
Public Car Parks and Site Opens at 07.00hrs for Car Clubs / Traders / Staff etc via Public Entrance
Show Opens 10.00hrs – although doors may be opened early if visitors arrive early so please expect visitors on site from 09.00hrs
FIRST HILL CLIMB – 10.40 – 13.05hrs
SECOND HILL CLIMB – 14.30 – 16.50hrs
Main stage music from 17.00hrs
Paddock Field Closed 18.00hrs
Car Clubs are able to leave from 18.00hrs on instructions from Marshals.
Show closes 23.00hrs

Sun 26th Sunday arrivals –Gate B - 06.00hrs until 08.00hrs (any cars arriving after 08.00hrs will not be allowed access to car club display area. Please arrive early to avoid a last minute rush at 08.00hrs
Car Parks and Site Opens at 08.00hrs for Car Entrants / Traders / Staff etc – via Public Entrance
Show Opens 10.00hrs – although doors may be opened early if visitors arrive early so please expect visitors on site from 09.00hrs
FIRST HILL CLIMB – 10.40 – 13.05hrs
SECOND HILL CLIMB – 14.00 – 15.00hrs (Best of Car Fest Parade )
Main stage music from 15.00hrs
Paddock Field Closed 18.00hrs
Car Clubs able to leave from 18.00hrs on instructions from Marshals.
Show closes 21.00hrs
Arrival / Entrance/Accreditation / Signing In
We will shortly be sending you relevant vehicle entry passes which will allow you and your display vehicle entry to the farm at Gate B on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the times detailed above. On arrival you will be directed to your allotted marked display area. You will then be directed to register your arrival in the Paddock Office where you will be given your wristbands.
Every car club entrant has been allocated 2 wristbands per vehicle which allows access to site over the weekend (via Public Entrances only) – if you think you will need more wristbands please contact Pippa Lomax in advance. As the show is a sold out event additional wristbands will be charged at £50 plus VAT.
If you are bringing a non display car these will be directed to the in the public car parks (Gate D) and they will not be allowed access at Gate B.
If you arrive by vehicle that is not on display you will need to park in the public car parks and enter the site through the public entrance – open to staff from 7am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday. Any wristbands that need to be collected by members on those days can collect them from the box office located at the main visitor entrance.
If you are camping you will be directed to the exhibitor camp site via Gate D. If you have your tent etc with you in your display vehicle you will need to go to Gate D and unload your tent etc prior to bringing your car to the display area. Marshals will direct you back to Gate B once you have unloaded. If your tent is in another vehicle you can park your vehicle in this camp site and walk back onto site via the public entrance.
Camping /Accommodation
There are camping / motor-home facilities on-site. Camping must be booked in advance using the form within this hand book and must be booked no later than 20th August. The cost per pitch (6m x 6m) is £100 for the event duration. We need to know in advance that you intend to camp and details will be sent to you and appropriate passes. Camping will be provided in the Exhibitor campsite with limited showers and toilets. No electrical hook ups are available. The Exhibitor camp site is open from 12.00hrs on Friday until 12.00hrs on Monday.
There are also some other local Campsites in the area:
1. http://www.wykedown.co.uk/
2. http://www.oakleyfarm.co.uk/
If you would rather find a local B&B or Hotel then please contact Event Express who have details of local accommodation available – please contact Event Express, in association with the organisers of Car-Fest North and Marketing Cheshire, has negotiated special discounted rates for Exhibitors, Club Entries and Car Club Members at a wide range of well-located Cheshire hotels. We request that you email your accommodation requirements early to secure accommodation at your preferred hotel to reservations@eventexpressuk.com If you prefer to an experienced team member personally, please don't hesitate to telephone us on +44 (0)1905 732 737.

The Pop-Up Hotel
Is delighted to be able to offer entrants to CarFest 33% off accommodation with us inside the festival at CarFest north and some very limited availability at CarFest south. We are delighted to be working with CarFest to provide a special hotel under canvas experience in the middle of both events with private entrance and parking, catering, owners display cars and of course comfortable accommodation with luxury showers and loos. Please click here to book for CarFest north and quote "Entrant/Club " in you're booking notes to qualify for your discount, or email us for CarFest south to check availability at enquiries@thepopuphotel.com. We look forward to welcoming you at CarFest, please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

There will be 24 hour security provided on site from Thurs 23rd until Monday 27th August, HOWEVER please remember that vehicles are used and left at the owner’s own risk at all times.
As a condition of your agreeing to participate and entering onto our site, you agree it is your responsibility and that you shall have in place (and shall maintain) all necessary insurance and licence for your vehicle(s) to enter on our site.
The Organizer is not responsible or liable for your property or vehicle in any way (whether theft or damage to your vehicle or from your vehicle to other property) and shall not insure your vehicle, you or any driver you may designate.
Nothing in this handbook is intended to exclude or limit the Organiser’s liability for any death or personal injury caused by our negligence or for loss or damage from fraud.
Event Assistance
If you require any assistance during your stay with us your first point of contact should be either the Car-Fest Car Club desk situated in the Paddock Office near the car marquees in the Paddock.

• Please ensure that the attached club stand information is circulated to your members and that they display vehicles passes on arrival to reduce the chance of queuing

• For those staying at the event campsite, if you have camping equipment within their show car, please check into the exhibitor / car club campsite accessed via Gate C or F and unload before taking the club car to the Paddock Field (club stands are located). Please ensure you arrive either on Friday or before 7am on Sat and 7am on Sunday to allow enough time for the display car to be directed to the paddock field as access to this field closes at 8am. Staff at the car park will co-ordinate your access on the day, please advise us in advance if you have members using the campsite

• If you have ordered your campsite pass, please display this in your car window on arrival at the campsite.

• No camping near the club stands

• Please ensure that the attached club stand list is circulated to your members displaying vehicles. It is important that everyone knows their pitch location before arrival to lessen the chance of queuing.

Auto Glym is sponsoring the Car Club Paddock; each member will receive a selection of samples courtesy of Auto Glym which will be delivered to your stand prior to the event. They will also provide an info sheet which we require for you to complete with your car details and place in the window of each car.
Hagerty Insurance have created a junior judging competition taking place on the Saturday during Car-Fest who will shortly be forwarding you further information on the criteria and process.
How to find us
Please do not put Laverstoke Park Farm into your Sat Nav it will send you the wrong way.
You are heading for the main farm entrance (gate B) which is located on the C29 which is the road running from Overton to the A303. Your best approach so you don’t get snarled up in the tiny village
of Overton is from the A303. The attached map-show the best routes.
Please do not use the entrance sign posted Farm shop.
The farm address is Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton Road, Overton, Near Basingstoke, RG25 3DR

Going Home
In order to fulfil obligations to spectators and for reasons of public safety it will not be possible to bring support vehicles on to the site until the conclusion of the track about 18.00. We will aim for 18.00, the organiser reserves the right to change this time. A call will be made by event control when deemed safe to bringing vehicles onsite, thanks in advance for your co-corporation. Therefore all vehicles should remain in their allocated CLUB STAND space until around 18:00 when if safe to do so you may drive your vehicle out of the Paddock under the supervision of the marshals or bring support vehicles onto the site. It may be preferable to leave your vehicles overnight and collect them before 12.00 hours on Monday, after which time security will be stepped down.

We do ask you to carefully read through these rules (“Site Rules”) for your own safety and protection. These Site Rules apply to the entire build, show and breakdown period of CarFest. They apply to anyone entering onto or working on-site and anyone participating in our event (including in the Hill Climb), whether they be a member of staff; exhibitor, car entrant, venue staff or local authority. These rules may be supplemented at any time by the Organiser acting reasonably on notification to you. You may be rejected from the site if you breach these Site Rules (or the Campsite Rules if camping).
By entering on site and/or by agreeing to participate at our event (including the Hill Climb) you are agreeing to be bound by and will comply with these Site Rules.
Please must ensure any staff under your management or any persons accompanying you (including any driver you may designate for your vehicle) are provided with copies of these Site Rules and that they have read them.
Health and Safety
• All persons working on-site will be expected to comply with all relevant Health and Safety legislation, guidance and best practice and our reasonable instructions (or those acting on our behalf such as BRSCC).
• You must take reasonable care for the Health and Safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work or otherwise.
• If you are uncertain whether it is safe to do something or whether you are trained to do that activity, do not proceed without gaining the information you need to continue safely.
• All build and breakdown activity including construction, trolley movement etc must only take place when the site is clear of public and it is safe to do so.
• Please comply with any requests from the operations team and Health and Safety Officer acting on behalf of the Organiser
• All accidents, incidents and near-misses must be reported to the operations team and/or the Health and Safety advisor acting on behalf of the Organiser.
• Anyone working on the site or driving must not consume or be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Ensure you, any driver of yours and all your team or guests know where to obtain medical assistance and where the fire exits are.
• Please note the site is uneven in place; contains temporary surfaces and there are a large number of moving vehicles and plant. Please ensure all your staff are aware of this and take extreme care when moving around the site.
• At all times, avoid walking on vehicles routes or on unloading areas.
• No water on-site is deemed drinking water unless specifically specified.

Site Work Restrictions
• Written permission must be sought from the operations manager to work outside the site opening hours.
• Lone work may only be carried out with written permission of an Operations Manager and appropriate measures being put in place.
• Please notify the safety officer if you intend to undertake major working at height or hot works.
• No under 16’s should be on-site outside of the opening hours. Any under 18’s working on-site will require the submitting of a specific risk assessment.
• Any hazardous substances including LPG will require written permission from the Organiser being sought in advance of entering on site and, if permitted by the Organiser must be declared at the site office upon arrival.

• High visibility jackets must be worn during the build period excluding the final days of build and from the Monday morning of breakdown, although people working on site are encouraged to wear hi vis jackets all times the event is not open, especially if working in vehicle movement areas.
• Sturdy shoes should be worn whenever on-site.

Plant and Equipment
• All electrical equipment brought on site should be in good working order and checked.
• No gas equipment is permitted without prior written approval of the Organiser and, without prejudice to the aforegoing, all gas equipment must be connected by a competent, registered engineer and have a sign off certificate. NB no jubilee clips allowed on gas equipment.
• No generators may be brought on site and all power must come from the Organizers (save for owner’s vehicle power).

Fire Safety
• Do not allow any flammable materials within 1m of flames or cooking equipment.
• All open flames should be protected from contact by the public.
• In the event of a fire please report as outlined above and warn others in the area, your priority is your and others safety.

• Upon arrival all vehicles should report to the traffic marshals.
• The site speed limit is 5mph.
• Please follow the instructions of the traffic marshals.
• When reversing use a banksman.
• Hazard lights should NOT be used on site.
• Vehicle movement is restricted to hard standing, roads and trackway. Vehicles may only be taken across grass with permission of the operations team and management by traffic marshals and/or H&S Officer (of the Organiser or those acting on behalf of the Organiser such as BRSCC).

• Any entrant camping on site will be issued with a full set of camp site rules to supplement these Site Rules. However, key rules include:
o The Campsite Rules must be adhered to at all times
o Camping must be in designated areas.
o For each party at any one time there must be a nominated camp supervisor who is responsible for the group.
o Ensure all your staff/guests know the camp site emergency procedures, how to contact security and first aid.
o Ensure all your staff/guests know the location of the nearest fire extinguisher.
o No open fires in the campsite.
o LPG may only be used with the permission of the Organiser and its location must be notified to the Organiser.
o No excessive noise should be made, no music played, shouting etc within the staff campsite before 8am and after 10pm.
o All parties camping on site are subject to Campsite Rules. If you are unsure of these rules or have not seen them, you can ask for a copy at the Organiser’s office.
• If you see an incident, fire, accident etc please report it immediately to a steward, member of the management team, Organiser’s or site office.
• The site opening hours must be adhered to, no over running will be allowed. If you are not aware of the operating hours please ask.
• No parking under trees.
• At weekends noisy working may not commence until 10am and must cease by 6pm.
• Nothing may be attached to trees, fences etc without the permission of an Operations Manager.
• All waste must be disposed of in a responsible manner and, where possible, recycled.
• All waste is to be removed from site by contractors.
• Noise levels must not disturb other workers or members of the public, if asked to reduce noise levels please do so.
Filming and Photography
• In consideration for being permitted to enter onto the site and/or entering into the hill climb and/or participating at our event, you hereby grant the Organiser (and persons acting on its behalf) the right to film, tape and photograph you during and in connection with the event and/or the hill climb and waives any moral rights as may exist under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You acknowledge that the Organiser is the exclusive owner of all copyright and other rights in relation to any such filming, taping and/or photography and shall be able to communicate/broadcast/exploit such film and/or photography as it elects at its sole discretion on any medium and in any medium (in whole or in part).#
• No filming, taping or photography by you is authorized by us of our event or persons at our event.

Kind regards
Club Administrator

15-08-2012, 06:18 PM
Hi all

Just had confirmation from Ces & Rose that they will be able to make it. So at the moment that's 3 confirmed cars for the display:

Alex & Liz
Ces & Rose

With Lauren as a possible :crossfinger:

If anyone else has a late inspiration to come along and be next to a line up 50 Ferarri's just let me know via PM or email.



15-08-2012, 08:11 PM
Thanks for keeping the door open for me Mick. I've booked the MoT for next Thursday now, so the pressure is on!

I noticed in the blurb that they are still talking about being able to drive the course, presumably as part of a procession. Are we definitely static at all times or is there an opportunity for us to do this?

Kiddies concourse sounds like a good idea. Nova should come high on their list of favourites! Maybe we could offer rides up the course for the judges by way of inducement?

Anybody else? Mike, Elaine? Essex Dave?


15-08-2012, 08:48 PM
Static only as far as I know. That was the last I heard from Bas the organiser. The site plan shows a display of 50 Fezzas so we would be way down the list to choose I reckon.


15-08-2012, 09:19 PM
In my experience a car with a top that comes off usually out-poses any Fezza, especially if there are lots of them (all the same red with cream leather interior of course...)

OK, static show it is then. To be honest I think you did very well to get us in at all, I just hope I will be there to help make up the numbers!


18-08-2012, 10:55 AM
Only 1 week to go to CarFest South at Laverstoke Park.

The 14 car passes arrived in the post today :clapping: (7 for each of the two days) but we still have only 3 (maybe 4) cars to display.
So if you are available, have a Nova that you can get down to Hampshire before 08:00 one either Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th August, and want FREE access to an amazing collection of Cars (including Marussia and other F1's, lots of unique and expensive machinery that normally hides in private collections), a music concert with Texas and Razorlight plus an amazing array of food (probably not free) then let me know asap (PM or email).

Don't forget that this event is for charity (Children In Need) and although we will take pictures, you'll be sorry :sorry: if you miss it.

P.S. There is a re-run at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire on 8th / 9th September. So if you see all the TV coverage of the South show, and want to be a part of it, you could come to CarFest North instead.


See you there.


20-08-2012, 11:37 AM
Alex & Liz, Ces& Rose and Lauren - your entry passes went in the post today. See you either Friday afternoon / evening at the show-site or camp-site or on Saturday morning on the Club Nova stand.

Don't forget that your car needs to be through the gates at CarFest before 8am on Saturday (and Sunday) or you won't get in.

See you there.


21-08-2012, 09:54 AM

A few people have contacted me to say they might like to come to CarFest as 'paying public' so I thought I ought to make the following clear.

CarFest is a closed (ticket only) charity event. The public tickets (about 15,000 of them) sold out within an hour of going on sale. You can't turn up and 'pay on the day' to attend like you would for other car shows.

However, if you have a Nova and want come along to either Saturday or Sunday (or both) I still have some FREE access tickets for exhibitors. You have to be driving your Nova to get in :drive: .



21-08-2012, 11:34 AM
Hi Mick

Pass arrived safely today thanks (I assume you only meant to send one) if you want to PM details of campsite and meet up there Friday? Cheers Alex

22-08-2012, 06:09 PM
Site detailed layout, maps and festival schedule for both days are now on the CarFest South website, bottom left 'Latest News':



22-08-2012, 07:41 PM
Sorry guys - its all over for me :cry:

Nearly a week of 11-hour days (many at temperatures pushing 30°C) have not yielded the hoped-for results, and I have had to cancel the MoT slot tomorrow morning.

I had been having dashboard layout and material shortfall issues, and although the instruments and obligatory indicators are all working, it would be wrong to suggest that the electrics were fully de-bugged, but the biggest disaster has been the replacement OSR caliper which was unserviceable and has had to go back to the supplier.

So, what are the chances of an MoT for a car with no handbrake and only 3/4 of the service brakes and a half-complete dashboard? Yup, I know the answer as well as you do :facepalm:

Enjoy the show.


22-08-2012, 09:32 PM

CarFest North it is then :crossfinger:

Thanks for trying.


23-08-2012, 06:32 PM
Like Lauren (though not to the same extent!) I've been working on my dash, and just got it all back together on Wednesday, then found that the indicators weren't working today.... don't you just love electrics? Tracked that down to a grubby fuse connection.
I've bitten the bullet and bought a whole set of circuit-breakers, to replace the fusebox - my fusebox was cleverly placed under the driver's side dashpod by the original builder, not the most sensible or accessible location! (2 tricky bolts to remove to get the pod off) I've not been caught out yet, but I know it will happen one day! So the swap-over will be my next adventure once the Carfest is over....

24-08-2012, 12:21 PM
Mick and Sue are off to CarFest :groupwave: :drive:


27-08-2012, 05:11 PM
Safely back, 7 hours to get there due to recurrent near-stationary traffic from Exeter-on Four hours back with no hold-ups.... Only problem was an intermittent (twice) starter solenoid fault in the roof lifting circuit now replaced (stripped it but not sensible to repair, amazing how a little bit of greasy-black coating on the contacts can leave you stranded!) Photos will follow shortly...(when I've shrunk and uploaded them!

28-08-2012, 11:41 AM
CarFest was wet on Saturday, dry and sunny on Sunday and busy all the time.

With only 3 cars on display we were one of the least pupulated club stands but had a steady stream of interested visitors that wanted to know more. Unfortunately Ces & Rose broke down on Saturday night on their way back to their hotel (brand new engine (£2500) seized solid on the A303) and got AA relay back home so didn't make it back on Sunday. :cry:

Alex and I had to deal with lots of questions and requests for photo opportunities on the 2 remaining Novas. After about 5 hours non-stop on Sunday we closed the roofs and ran away :nonono: so that we could look round the rest of the show.

On Saturday we were plagued by rain, thunder and lightening and winds stong enough to kill Gazebo's. We spent a lot of time hiding from the rain and continually putting the roofs down and back up.

And here we are playing host to a bunch of randoms who sought shelter in our Gazebo - a bit like a crowded tube train at rush-hour! The guy in the blue tee, who had the forethought to carry a brolly, is Lee I think (Caterham7) who has just bought himself a Nova project.

We were one of only 2 clubs that got a picture and paragraph in the official show programme (the other being the Ferrari Club) and the picture that I sent them was chopped down and displayed Mike & Elaines Purple Passion, most of Lauren's Green Machine and the front wing of Alex's car; so we had a number of requests about where the cars in the picture were (I got copies of the programme for you guys).

And here's the page!

The Fest was like a huge village Fete with loads of attraction for adults and kids alike and the advantage of being there for setup on the Friday was that we were able to get up close to the fancy, expensive machinery on show that was roped off when the public came in. Loads of photos, in addition to the ones Alex posted, which I will add a link to when photobucket finishes uploading.

Here's my favourite of the auction cars - a superbly detailed Model A Rod.

And here's my favourite from the airshow - the only flying Vulcan left.

The 'Bootleg Beatles' doing their thing on the Sunday music stage.

And two Nova's on display.

Don't forget that CarFest North is in two weeks so if you want a chance to sample the re-run in the midlands let me know asap.

Many Thanks to Ces & Rose, Alex and Sue for coming along to support me promoting Club Nova at the event. More later.