By KLTV Newsdesk –
A brand new festival set to take place in Holmfirth has officially been given the green light to go ahead with its summer plans.
The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival (YMSF) was meant to make its debut in 2020, but like every major festival, it was forced to cancel due to the pandemic.
Now, YMSF is firing on all cylinders after receiving approval from Motorsport UK and Kirklees Council, subject to compliance with national COVID restrictions.
The Festival was recently awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard and consumer mark, given by Visit Britain tourism board, providing a ‘ring of confidence, as well as reassurance to local residents and visitors that clear processes are in place.
The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival is the first of its kind to be held in the region and aims to attract motoring enthusiasts and festival-goers alike.
The three-day event will take place on the 25th, 26th and 27th of June 2021 near Holmfirth and will cover an area of 125 acres.
At the heart of the Festival are three days of closed-road hill-climbing, featuring mainly pre-1986 cars, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of hill climbs in the Holmfirth area.
Competing cars include Bentleys, Jaguars, Special Saloons, Sports-Racing and even a Ford GT40, with many being helmed by champion drivers and top names in motorsport.
The Wolfstone’s Hill-Climb is a first for Yorkshire, being the first-ever Motorsport UK licensed hill-climb in the county to have road closures put in place.
Over 80 classic cars and high-profile drivers will compete each day to set the fastest time or win their class by setting the quickest time up the hill.
There will also be multiple displays featuring a wide variety of machines, including:
- Vintage vehicles
- Rally cars
- Plant machinery
- American hot rods
- Supercars and Hypercars.
The festival will also feature what’s described as a ‘Yorkshire shopping village’ featuring local vendors and fashion shows.
Other attractions include street food and drink stalls, an artificial beach and a funfair. Multiple demonstrations and parades will take place across the three days, with stunt shows, aerial displays, sheep theatre, cheerleaders, Formula One demos, and driver simulators all on display.
Early evenings feature a full line-up of live music, for which tickets can be purchased separately. The line up is due to be announced shortly.
The event is supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who will also have a presence over the weekend.
Michael McErlain, CEO of the YMSF said: “We are delighted to have the full support of Motorsports UK and all of the local residents. We are in full throttle as we prepare for the Festival.
“We are delighted to announce our Festival ambassador, ex- F1 driver and television presenter Karun Chandhok and special guest Sarah Crabtree from UKTV’s Bangers & Cash.
“This is something truly spectacular that people can look forward to in the near future that combines the best of the country’s motorsport attractions with the bonus of family entertainment.”
With the UK continuing to gradually ease restrictions, YMSF has said that they are erring on the side of caution for the Festival and will be taking some extra precautions to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event.
Mr McErlain added: “Most of the activities take place outside, and we are putting every precaution in place, going the extra mile, to ensure that our event is safe for everyone
“We are operating a no cash event, with all transactions completed by contactless payments, and we ask all visitors to comply with our safety directions and advisories.
“It is encouraging that the car and truck displays are almost full but there are opportunities for traders to book stands in the Yorkshire Shopping Village.”
To learn more about the festival, you can visit their website at https://ymsf.net/