The Supercar Event 2014 at Dunsfold Park - drivers’ favourite cars
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As the engines rev for the eighth annual Supercar Event at Dunsfold Park, Matthew Williams meets some of those celebrating the 30th anniversary of parent charity, The Children’s Trust, to discover their own motoring history
The Supercar Event takes place at Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh, on Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22 from 9am to 4.30pm. As well as cars, there will be everything from hovercrafts and helicopters to live music. Tickets: adults £13.20, children £8.80 and family (two adults and two children) £31.50. The event raises funds for The Children’s Trust. For tickets, visit the supercarevent.com
The West Ham co-chairman and Caterham resident has the garage of many motoring fanatics’ dreams…
Tell us about your first car… My first car was a Vauxhall Victor. After riding a motorbike for five years, the most wonderful feeling was having the luxury of heating and a radio to listen to. The only downside with this car was that it came with 20,000 miles on the clock – although, in reality, that was probably more like 40,000!
What do you drive at the moment? At the moment, I drive a Jaguar XJR, which I use on a daily basis, a Rolls Royce Phantom and a limited edition Bentley Arnage Blue Train, which I love. When I bought the Rolls Royce I just couldn’t bring myself to sell the Bentley.
- 1 Win the full range of Bashall Spirits Gins
- 2 20 of the best places to eat out in St Ives
- 3 6 waterfall walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District
- 4 Seven Falls, Tintwistle - a hidden gem in the Peak District
- 5 20 of the best restaurants in Hertfordshire
- 6 12 beautiful waterfalls in Yorkshire
- 7 11 of the prettiest villages in North Devon
- 8 Afternoon tea in Kent: 15 of the best tearooms
- 9 13 delicious afternoon teas to try in Somerset
- 10 8 great family walks in the North West
…and the car of your dreams is? A Jaguar XJR, a Rolls Royce Phantom and a Bentley Arnage Blue Train!
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? Not only is this event a great opportunity to enjoy the thrill of a ride in a supercar at the famous Top Gear track, but the weekend also offers great entertainment for all the family – I am hoping to go along this year with mine.
A member of the committee for The Supercar Event, this Surbiton racer has been involved in the event since the very start eight years ago...
Tell us about your first car… A Lancia Y10 Turbo. I worked many weekends and bank holidays to save for it and my father and I travelled to Stoke-on-Trent to buy it. The clutch went on the way home! I loved the car to bits and had it for years.
What do you drive at the moment? My weekend car is a Ferrari Testarossa and the daily “sensible” car is a Peugeot 2008 HDi, which is a very good car and is the first diesel I have owned. The Testarossa only really comes out on sunny days.
…and the car of your dreams is? It would have to be the Maserati MC12. The car was a very limited run and it was developed for a race series. It looks outrageous! However, I may have to wait for my six numbers to arrive before I can get that one as the prices have sky- rocketed in the last few years.
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? It’s going to be a great weekend and people should try out the Caterham rides. Many only come for the supercar rides but the Caterhams are so much fun and the acceleration is incredible.
Sir Stirling Moss
The British motor racing legend, who lives in London, has gone all electric just lately…
Tell us about your first car… It was a 1929 Austin 7. I was six years old and only drove it around the fields on my father’s farm.
What do you drive at the moment? A brand-new Renault Twizy because it is electric and great fun to drive. You have to be ready with the horn because it’s so silent that pedestrians don’t hear it arriving!
…and the car of your dreams is? A Facel Vega, which was made by the French car company that manufactured from 1954 to 1964, because it would bring back such happy memories for me.
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? With over a hundred supercars taking part, The Supercar Event really does have something for everyone. I hope that the weekend is hugely successful and worthy of The Children’s Trust’s 30th anniversary.
A man with a need for speed – well, when he’s not living life at the peaceful idyll of Thames Ditton Island...
Tell us about your first car… A Mini ‘Park Lane’. I think everyone should have a mini as their first car – go-kart handling and not very fast, which are good and bad points.
What do you drive at the moment? A Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, a McLaren Spider, a Ferrari 458 Spider and an Aston Martin Vanquish… it sounds flash, but it’s just because I run the events for the supercar club Auto Vivendi.
…and the car of your dreams is? The Porsche Carrera GT as the sound reminds me of the old Formula One cars. I am a sucker for a V10!
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? Well, I’m praying I see a McLaren P1 as it looks light years ahead of everything else!
Childhood dreams led this Banstead resident to organising The Supercar Event’s Caterham Sevens…
Tell us about your first car… My first car was a Nissan Sunny DX that my mum gave me. It was various shades of dark blue, depending how much bodyfiller I had used on each panel to fill in the rust patches.
What do you drive at the moment? I drive a BMW 530i Touring. I like it because it’s fast and comfortable, even when loaded up with the family and all the ‘stuff’ required by my two-year-old. Plus it has a huge boot, although still unlikely to be big enough for when my next one is born in July – no car ever is!
…and the car of your dreams is? I wanted a Caterham Seven since I was about 10 years old, so you could say I already have my dream car. But assuming I could keep that, I’d really like the new Porsche 911.
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? It’s a fantastic day out and my top tip is to move around the site. It’s not just about rides, the site is huge and there is so much to see. Personally, I organise the Caterham attraction so take a walk up to see what we’re doing… we got through about 20 sets of tyres last year, so that has to be worth seeing.
English builder turned television personality. Formerly a boy racer, but now happy with stylish and comfortable – most of the time...
Tell us about your first car… I actually have two answers for this! The first vehicle I ever owned was a red Vauxhall Astra Max van. I got it when I was 17 and the reason I needed a van was because I worked as a butcher after I finished school. As for my first ‘proper’ car, it was a Ford Escort XR3i – the ultimate boy racer car! I thought it was a sports car and that I was really cool, haha! In all fairness, I have no complaints about it either, it never let me down.
What do you drive at the moment? I drive a Mercedes 350 CLS. It’s a long saloon and I bought it as I was doing so many miles, so I wanted something that was efficient and looked good. It performs really well, is very stylish and comfortable; I couldn’t do without it!
…and the car of your dreams is? The Bentley Continental, Ferrari Enzo and the McLaren MP4 12C; the Bentley because it looks so good! The Enzo because they are so powerful. The McLaren because it’s the ultimate in performance and looks incredible.
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? It’s great for people just to come and take part; it’s such an enjoyable day out and raises money for a cause very close to my heart: The Children’s Trust, which is based at Tadworth Court in Tadworth. I went there recently and the work that they do there can only be supported by events like this. The event is just incredible and I love seeing all the amazing cars on show!
An organiser at The Sporting Bears, a classic and sports car club raising money for children’s events, Huw is tempted by a powerful car, the open road... and tunnels
Tell us about your first car… My first car was a Ford Escort Mk2 1100 Popular in light beige. We bought the car from Horley Car Auctions as a good starter car, and it was definitely a car to learn about vehicle ownership. Each weekend, I spent most of my time under the bonnet or underneath it and, as an electronic apprentice, I loaded it up with a loud stereo and lots of additional lights. I kept it for a year before the desire for more power drove me to replace it.
What do you drive at the moment? My current car is a BMW X1 2.0d M Sport – the only car I have bought brand new. For the Sporting Bears, I needed something to enable me to carry all the items required to run a Sporting Bears Dream Rides event, including gazebo, tables and paperwork, and the hatchback/estate styling works very well as a load carrier. Being the baby SUV in the BMW range, the X1 is not much bigger than a normal car so it drives and handles in the same way. It is so very practical and reasonably spacious when carrying people, so all in all, it is just the right balance for me.
…and the car of your dreams is? My dream car is a difficult one because there are so many I would potentially choose. I love the Aston Martin range of cars, which are so very typically British. However, if there was one car I could have, it would be a Maserati Gran Turismo. It comes with a strong Italian sports car pedigree, stunning lines of the car and the very distinctive exhaust note. There is no way I could resist the temptation to drive it through a long tunnel.
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? My top tip for The Supercar Event would be to make sure that everyone coming along takes full advantage of the many unique experiences available beyond the track rides, as there is truly something for everyone. Also, make sure you come and see me and the Sporting Bears team who will be offering Dream Rides on the public roads.
The singer who hit the heights with boy band JLS now dreams of owning a flying car…
Tell us about your first car… My first car was a VW Polo. The great thing about your first car is that it’s the first time you really feel free and feel as if you can go anywhere you want without relying on anyone else.
What do you drive at the moment? An Audi R8 – it’s the coolest car on the road I think right now.
…and the car of your dreams is? A flying car – because who wouldn’t want one!
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? This is a great event where you’ll be able to ride in some fantastic supercars at this famous track, and at the same time you will be helping to raise money for children with a brain injury.
Away from the sedate pace of life in Dorking, Richard drives the only Lexus LFA in Surrey (and one of only 500 made worldwide!)
Tell us about your first car… It was a black Sunbeam Imp Sport, which was sold to me by my uncle. I was on my apprenticeship with Ford at the time, so with the engine in the back and the way it was laid out, it caused me no end of issues. This meant I quickly sold the Imp and replaced it with an Escort 1300 XL Estate in metallic green, which ran very well. However, I did need to use a broom handle to keep the boot open!
What do you drive at the moment? For normal day-to-day use, I drive a 26-year-old brown Toyota Starlet, with just 63,000 miles on the clock. It is still running like a fine Swiss watch and the car uses no additional oil, coolant or water, just petrol and even that very sparingly. The car is still as standard as the day it rolled out of the factory – no power steering, no air con, manual windows and no driver aids like ABS or VSC, so it really makes me feel connected to the drive of the car, which I just love.
…and the car of your dreams is? Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! I loved the film as a child and still love it just as much as an adult. I would use the car at charity and motor events to enable people to enjoy this special vehicle. It would keep the legend of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang alive in as many people’s minds as possible!
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? My top tip has got to be the Lexus LFA – it’s the only one in Surrey and it’s great overtaking all those other red, black and yellow supercars on the track!
This Kingswood resident founded Romans International, a family business that has sold supercars to Surrey since 1994
Tell us about your first car… In the 60s, the Mini Cooper was one of the trendiest cars around that a young kid could afford. It was British and cool – two things which normally don’t go hand in hand! The problem was, it wasn’t the most practical. It was so small and rear passengers would always complain.
What do you drive at the moment? I drive a Ferrari 599 GTO, which is one of the rarest modern Ferraris and a future classic. I try not to do many miles in it but when I do drive it, I enjoy every minute. It’s super-quick, usable and carries the famous GTO badge, which has been reserved for some of the best Ferraris of all time.
…and the car of your dreams is? The LaFerrari is the latest and best supercar Ferrari have ever made. It’s a marvel to look at and I can only imagine what it is like to drive. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we get one in the Romans showroom!
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? The Supercar Event provides a fantastic opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime passenger ride in one of 130 supercars around the famous Top Gear track – from Ferraris, Mercedes and Jaguars to Porsches, Aston Martins, Bentleys and Lamborghinis.
Who’d have guessed that vice president of The Children’s Trust in Tadworth, actress, singer and Radio 2 presenter Elaine Paige, was car mad? Jeremy Clarkson, watch out. Looks like you have some competition...
Tell us about your first car... My first car was a Standard 10, which I loved.
What do you drive at the moment? The car I drive at the moment is an F Type Convertible V6S (aka the middle-sized one) 380 BHP. I like it because it goes pretty fast and I’m a fan of Jaguars. It’s in Italian Racing Red Metallic, with 19-inch black centrifuge wheels and design pack with black interior. There’s also heated seats and steering wheel, and a Meridian 770w surround sound system to listen to music – and Radio 2 of course! I never thought I would care about the sound of a car but the sound of this car always makes me smile. I went to Dunsfold Aerodrome to drive all the Jaguar cars around and was also driven around by some Jaguar racing drivers. It was very exciting as I got to go on a skidpad in a XF.
…and the car of your dreams is? My dream car is the one I’m driving now, I really love it. However I also love Bugattis. I went to the Bugatti Owners’ Club home at Prescott Hill recently just outside Cheltenham. The 1,127-yard course rises over 200 feet via short straights, fast and slow corners and a breathtaking hairpin, with the fastest modern racing cars completing the course in 36 seconds. I got to drive the course in my new Jaguar, but alas I didn’t break any records!
Why should people look forward to The Supercar Event? I have supported The Children’s Trust since the mid-1980s (for the full 30 years!), so it is a great pleasure to be able to share in this special anniversary year with the children and staff and support their fantastic events. I have seen the charity grow to be the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, it’s fantastic.
You & your cars...
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