The engines are revving ahead of the three-day Yorkshire Motorsport Festival which is going ahead – though significant changes have been made.
The event, on fields at Wolfstones above Holmfirth on June 25-27, has had to have some changes made due to Covid-19 restrictions but it’s still all systems go.
Festival organisers, in consultation with Kirklees Council, have limited the sale of tickets to accommodate a maximum of 4,000 people per day. This limit will remain in place regardless of any lifting of restrictions on June 21.
As a further precaution, the acreage over which the festival will be staged has been increased, thereby ensuring that, coupled with the restriction on numbers, there will be more than adequate space to ensure that social distancing will not be an issue.
Recognising the current restrictions, and given that headline acts would attract larger numbers of people, the festival is no longer offering music-only tickets and will be showcasing local bands and musicians only. Day and weekend ticket holders will have sole access to the live music stage.
The reduced numbers means that instances of bottlenecks will be reduced, thereby helping to ensure social-distancing and the smooth flow of visitors on the day.
The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival is the first of its kind to the region and will attract motor enthusiasts and festival goers alike.
The Wolfstones Hill Climb is a first for Yorkshire, being the first ever hill climb in the county to have road closures put in place, and will be a draw for the diehard petrolheads, with over 80 classic and high-profile drivers and vintage cars taking part each day.
Families and enthusiasts alike can enjoy displays of vintage vehicles, trucks, plant machinery, American hot rods, supercars and an extensive engineering village.
There is a shopping village, artisan food and drink stalls and a fun fair. Demonstrations and activities including thrilling car stunts, sheep theatre, Formula One demos, driver simulators and much more will be taking place over the three days of the festival. The aerial display has had to be cancelled due to safety issues. The event is supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Michael McErlain, festival CEO, said: “This is an outside event and we are putting every precaution in place, going the extra mile to ensure that all guidelines are followed and our event is safe for everyone.
“Of course, we are taking the safety of our guests seriously and ask all visitors to comply with our safety directions.
“Whilst it is a shame to have to limit the event in this way, we believe it to be a socially responsible act and in absolute compliance with current guidelines.
“In light of this announcement if you do wish to come and enjoy the festival, we strongly urge you to buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, as we’re currently experiencing a very healthy demand.
“We have built this event for 10,000 visitors, so the 4,000 who are lucky enough to get a ticket will certainly be treated to a spectacular display.”
Road Closures: – the roads affected by the closures will be:
Wolfstones Road, from Wilshaw Road to Bradshaw Road.
Bradshaw Road, from Wilshaw Road to Thick Hollins Road.
Wilshaw Mill Road, from near the entrance to Australia Farm to Bradshaw Road.
Wickens Lane, from Lower Wickens Farm to Wolfstones Road.
Road closures to enable the preparatory and take-down works required for the festival, which will still permit access for residents on the closed roads, will be operative from June 21-24 and from June 28-29.
Full road closures will be in place for the three days of the festival when access for residents will still be available by arrangement.
Diversionary routes will be in place and clearly signposted throughout the full duration of the closures.
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