June 21, 2008

Right on Track for Race Fans


FOR legitimate speed and thrills on four wheels, Leicestershire is the place to be as a weekend of motoring excitement takes place at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome on Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6.

Star of Scrapheap Challenge and 80s science-fiction sit-com Red Dwarf Robert Llewellyn will be opening the event at 10am on the Saturday. Robert will also be compering during the two-day event.

Speed on Wheels is a new trackbased event where visitors will have the chance to test performance and specialist cars over two miles of track and also enjoy passenger experiences in all sorts of vehicles, as well as watching experts on wheels thrillaudiences.

There will be so much to see and do that you'll want to spend the whole weekend there, and in fact you can as great-value weekend passes are available as well as day passes. There are also camping facilities.

Sally Mitchell, who organises motor events around the country, said: "Speed on Wheels will be the most exhilarating and exciting performance track event and car show on the calendar this year.

"We aim to bring you more action, more activities and more exciting track action throughout the weekend.

Both manufacturers and members of the public will be able to take advantage of the facilities at this wonderful location."

If you want to test your own car on the track there's no need to queue as sessions can be pre-booked online at www.speedonwheels.com.

For ultimate speed thrills, book into the autosprint on the day or a quarter-mile sprint to see who can go the fastest. Or try karting - it's how Lewis Hamilton got started.

If you prefer to enjoy a passenger experience, a host of manufacturers will have their own track for demonstration drives, plus there will be Ariel Atom passenger rides and 4x4 off-roading rides.

For those opting for a strictly hands-off-the-wheel approach, spectator events include jawdropping motorbike stunt displays, wheel- changing competitions, trade stands and the Aerodrome's own fabulous collection of Cold War jet aircraft including Hunter,Harrier, Comet, Lightning and Sea Vixen. It is also the home of the Vulcan bomber.

Youngsters can whizz round in go-karts especially designed for four to nine year olds, or four to 12 year olds can try a little off- roading of their own. There's room for a parent for the less confident children.

Or they can enjoy the trackside entertainment including inflatable slides.

If you just can't tear yourself away, or you're camping nearby, evening entertainment is laid on too as music accompanies a great hog roast. And Sunday sees a fantastic cavalcade drive-past as the finale to an unforgettable weekend.

The Details

WHERE: Speed on Wheels at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire.

WHEN: July 5-6, open 9.30am-5pm on both days, although track users will be able to enter the event at 8.30am. Parking is free.

ADMISSIONN: pounds 12 per person in advance, pounds 15 on the day, child under five free, children aged six to 16 pounds 4, weekend pass pounds 20 per person, camping (Friday and Saturday nights only) pounds 5 per person per night. Half-hour tracksessions are pounds 20 in advance plus pounds 7 per passenger; pounds 25 on the day plus pounds 10 per passenger; 1/4-mile sprint pounds 5; all- day drivers pounds 145, extra drivers pounds 20, passengers pounds 20.

GETTING THERREE: Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome is off J20 of the M1, just south of Leicester. Visit www.speedonwheels.com or call 01306 888813.

Top Attractions

MYTHS AND MONSTERS at Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham.

Meet a fearsome dragon, a scary cyclops and a giant yeti. Youngsters can also dress up as monsters, read a scary monster story, enter a story-writing competition and much more. Activities take place between 11am and 4pm every day until August 31. Adultspounds 4, concessions pounds 2.50, family (two adults and three children) pounds 12, under-fours free. 0121 303 1966 or book online www.bmag.org.uk

ROSE FESTIVAL, Coughton Court, Alcester. For lovers of gardens in roses, this festival continues until July 6.

Coughton is recognised as having one of the finest rose gardens in the world, wander around the walled garden and the rose labyrinth where you'll see hundreds of different varieties of roses.

At 2pm each day one of the gardening team will be on hand to answer questions and conduct informal tours.

01789 762542 or visit www.coughtoncourt.co.uk

CONKERS, Moire, Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

120 acres of woodlands, lakes and trails.

Explore the interactive exhibits and let the children loose in the Adventure Zone Enchanted Forest within the Discovery Centre. There are also Waterside Centre Play Park, Conkachoo train, shops and cafes. www.visitconkers.com

COOMBE COUNTRY PRK, Brinklow Road, near Coventry. Tomorrow in the tennis pavilion from 10.30am-3pm, it's Badgers, Bees and Bugs. Join various wildlife groups to learn about the work they do to protect and promote these mammals and insects. Lots ofactivities for families to come and have a go at.

Free event. 024 7645 3720.

BANDS IN PARKS tomorrow at Swanswell Park, Coventry from 2.30pm- 4pm. The entertainment this week will be from Crystal Gospel Choir.

For future concerts visit www.coventry.gov.uk/events or telephone 024 7683 2368.

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