WWTP gets in gear to host ‘mini Motofest’

A ‘mini Motofest’ event featuring performance cars from the UK’s largest city centre car festival is to roar into action at The Wonderful World of Trains and Planes (WWTP), Birmingham’s newest family attraction. 

WWTP will host cars of all shapes and sizes on Sunday 29 May for a Super Sunday of high octane action, celebrating the Coventry Motofest event. Coventry Motofest is a unique two day motoring festival, taking place on June 4-5, which includes a race circuit created from Coventry’s Ring Road on which a variety of competition race cars and bikes perform demonstration displays.

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Coventry’s Motofest 2016 is a two-day festival – with additional launch events on Friday 3 June -dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage.

The WWTP Mini-Motofest event will see a range of sports and performance cars set-up in a special static public display outside the WWTP site in St Paul’s Square. Inside the attraction, wannabe racers will get the opportunity to put their skills to the test on WWTP’s special Coventry Motofest-themed Scalextric Track, with the opportunity to race against a guest motorsport driver. Just as the larger versions will run on the Coventry Motofest circuit on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5, miniature Scalextric replicas of the Coventry Motofest headline cars will take to the WWTP track as part of a full race day programme.

A special ‘fastest lap challenge’ will take place during the last hour of the event with prizes available for the quickest recorded lap times. Similarly, a colouring competition for children, featuring different car designs, is also set to take place with Scalextric prizes available for the best entries.

Steve Jordan, Director at Wonderful World of Trains and Planes, said: “The Coventry Motofest weekend is the biggest motoring festival in the West Midlands, so we are very excited to support it with our own taster event here at WWTP.

“We will have a range of different vehicles running on our Pit Lane Scalextric experience that will replicate those cars and vehicles running at the Coventry Motofest event the following weekend.

“With the performance and drift cars also on display in St Paul’s Square, it’s all geared up for a fantastic, four wheeled fueled celebration of the West Midlands motoring heritage.”

With over 100,000 visitors expected to attend , Coventry Motofest is the UK’s largest free city centre motoring festival with a range of automotive activities taking place with everything from pop-up racing and demonstration events to static displays and fringe events – an ‘Edinburgh Festival’ for cars, bikes and vehicles.

The Mini-Motofest event is the latest motorsport themed event to take place at WWTP, following the launch last month of the Scalextric Super Prix championship.

WWTP Mini-Motofest event

WWTP are becoming renowned for their exciting Scalextric tournaments set on in-house, brilliantly hand-crafted tracks.

Set to run parallel to the 2016 Formula One championship, the Scalextric Super Prix championship runs over five rounds taking in the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 3, the Canadian Grand Prix on 12 June, the British Grand Prix on 10 July, the German Grand Prix on 31 July and the Belgian Grand Prix on 28 August. Those signing up for the championship will be challenged to complete as many laps of the circuit as possible within a one minute period using the Scalextric Grand Prix racing cars. The three fastest times posted from the five championship rounds,will see those top performers move onto a final race-off competition event in September.

The overall winner will receive the 2016 Championship trophy, Championship certificate and an Annual Family Pass. By registering for the Scalextric Super Prix championship, participants will be given a Super Prix Pass providing reduced price admission to WWTP on the days of the designated championship rounds.

The Wonderful World of Train & Planes, Mary Street, is a unique attraction boasting hundreds of fully-functioning model railways, a flight simulator and even a live feed of air traffic control. Perfect for both families and model enthusiasts, visitors will discover a lot about the world of Trains and Planes. This venue also sells all the equipment to build your own tracks and railways and is equipped with a quaint cafe, perfect for a coffee and a catch up. For more information, please visit the website here.