Essex motor show festival of wheels

Article by Hannah Kane: Two petrolheads have ploughed £100,000 into a new family motoring show that will see cars worth at least £50m take centre stage at Barleylands in Billericay this summer.

The Festival of Wheels will include live entertainment and stunts from some of the industry's top performers and it is set to be the largest event of its kind in Essex.

James Martin, former creative marketer at Marsh Farm in South Woodham Ferrers, has joined forces with Streetlife Driving School owner Karl Rushen to put on the fun family festival experience.

The Essex Motor Show has been running for four years but this year's festival will make its debut to the public in August, with £50 million worth of classic cars and bikes on show.

James, who helped create the popular Kid's Fest event at Marsh Farm, said:

"This year we have massively enhanced the festival. We have monster trucks for people to ride, with some coming from the US. Even kids can ride some of them. We are especially excited about the fastest 11-year-old girl drag racer and the fastest six-year-old boy on two wheels who can go from nought to sixty in 30 seconds."

The Barleylands spectacular will play host to a funfair, an inflatable village and live music from band The Bombshells, a 1940s harmony trio and DJ Crazy Nadge.

Punters can fill their stomachs with food from local traders at the street food court, as well as perusing the stands in the shopping fair.

Karl, a self-proclaimed petrolhead, said:

"Our last event was on Father's Day, and we had 7,000 people attend. For this event, we want even more."

The pair say they hope to see a turnout of between 10,000 and 15,000 people over the weekend to meander through the different zones. James said:

"The cars are split into different worlds. We've got Super Car World, Modified Mayhem, the Vintage Village, East Coast Motors and Racers and many more."

There's lots to see at the Vintage Village

Highlights include motorcycle stunt team Moto-Stunts using a combination of 20 vehicles to wow audiences with their death-defying tricks.

Europe's only monster ride truck Red Dragon will also be making an appearance and revellers can sit in the back while the vehicle crushes other cars.

For those that fancy something slightly different, there is motorcycle football. If you enjoy football and off road motorbikes, then this is sure to entertain.

The event combines high speed thrills and spills as riders negotiate their way around the pitch whilst controlling a very big football aiming to score.

Get up close and personal with the world famous Wall of Death bike, promised to be on show after some serious modifications. The Krazy Horse London Team will also be on hand, bringing you some amazing bikes.

James and Karl are aiming for the county's biggest show, after several local events such as Kid's Fest and the Essex County Show at Barleylands have stopped running.

James said:

"We are trying to create the best family day out in Essex. There's something for everyone, whether you're two or 102 and what vehicles you're into, there will be something for you to enjoy."

Tickets are available online now, priced at £8.99 for adults, £4.99 for children and under 10s entering for free.

For more information, visit the Essex Motor Show website or buy tickets here: 

Article by Hannah Kane, Essex Chronicle

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