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Night-time Air Display for Barbados Festival of Speed

The Twister Aerobatics Team, the only European outfit certified to fly after-dark shows, will light up the skies at the Barbados Festival of Speed on Saturday, October 14, in its first-ever performance in the Americas. The British-based team is the first act confirmed to join former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button at the second BFoS at Bushy Park Barbados.

The one-day event, which will be the first to benefit from the installation of the facility’s new all-arena lighting, which is currently under way, will run from day into night, starting at 2.00pm. In addition to the headline acts, more of which will be confirmed in the coming weeks, the eight-hour show will also include a cross-section of local motor sport activities.

The spectacular Twilight Pyrotechnic Display is performed in a pair of 180mph Silence SA1100 Twister aircraft, which bear a passing resemblance to the famous WWII Spitfire fighter plane. Powered by a fuel-injected 110hp UL Power UL260iSA engine, the Silence Twister is a very nimble and highly efficient single-seat aircraft, which is unusual among certified aerobatic aircraft in that it can be de-rigged and packed into a trailer for ease of travel by road, or a container to travel by sea.

The Twister Aerobatics Team is led by Pete Wells, whose family background was in gliding – his father, brothers and wife have all held national titles, records and even World titles; team-mate Chris Burkett is an aerodynamicist by profession – aside from planes, he’s also involved in designing wings on Formula 1 cars and sails for record-breaking racing yachts.

Wells says of the Twister: “People think that it’s a scaled-down Spitfire, but it’s not at all. It’s just an absolutely optimised aeroplane. It has a completely symmetrical wing and a tall bubble canopy, to give you a great view. The day into night format of the Barbados Festival of Speed provides an ideal opportunity to showcase both elements of our display, so we are really looking forward to our first trip to the Caribbean and lighting up the skies over Bushy Park.”

Bushy Park Circuit Inc’s (BPCI) Operations Manager Amy Willis said: “When the Festival of Speed was first conceptualised, it was always our aim to vary the programme each year, to keep the event fresh and also to bring acts to Barbados that our local patrons would never have seen. I am really excited about the aerobatics, as it will help us to stage a spectacular launch for our all-arena lighting.”

The Twister team’s traditional daytime display is an aerial ballet, combining sweeping, close-formation loops and barrel rolls with synchronised and opposition aerobatics, all within a tight space and always in front of the spectators. As day moves into night, the team switches to its acclaimed – and, thus far, unique in Europe – Twilight Pyrotechnic Display. As well as specially-developed pyrotechnic effects streaming from the wingtips, the aircraft also feature high-powered spot-lamps to illuminate the display smoke and coloured LEDs along the aircraft fuselage.

While the Twister Aerobatic Team, which was formed in 2010, has given displays at events across Europe and the Middle East, the Barbados Festival of Speed will mark its first trip across the Atlantic. As well as traditional shows at airfields in the UK – including the Farnborough International Airshow – Belgium, France, Holland, Italy and even the former Soviet state of Turkmenistan, the team has displayed at less conventional events; these include the Bournemouth Air Festival, where spectators fill the beaches of one of Britain’s most popular south coast resorts to watch displays over the sea, and the Silverstone Classic, the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, which is staged each year at the home of the British Grand Prix.

Barbados Festival of Speed – ticketing information Saturday, October 14, 2.00pm to 10.00pm (gates and ticket booths open 12.30pm) General Admission – Bds $50; Child (7 to 12) Bds $25. Clubhouse (food and drink on sale) – Bds $150; Child (7 to 12) Bds $75. VIP (food and drink included) – Bds $500; Child (7 to 12) Bds $250. Corporate – Bds $100; Child (7 to 12) Bds $50. Children six and under are free. Hilti Hammer 4 x 4 Zone vehicle pass Bds $100, Cyclone 4 x 4 Zone vehicle pass Bds $100, plus General Admission pass for each occupant

Tickets are now available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com and at the Bushy Park Circuit Office, also at Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy (Broad Street, Bridgetown) and Sol Speightstown, Warrens and Wildey. Patrons can buy their advanced tickets using the Massy Card at the Bushy Park Circuit Office and Automotive Art Wildey

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Lewis plans “a brilliant day out” at Barbados Festival of Speed

 Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton is looking forward to “a brilliant day out” at the inaugural Barbados Festival of Speed at Bushy Park on Sunday, May 8. He will be a busy man as he takes on challenges from former British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill, island rallying legend Roger Skeete . . . and the 2.01-kilometre Bushy Park circuit itself, all at the wheel of a Petronas AMG Mercedes F1 W04.

Even before he gets ‘to the office’ in his F1 car on Sunday morning, Hamilton will have enjoyed an evening of island culture and cuisine at Dinner with Lewis in the circuit’s VIP Suite. The earlier part of Saturday will be spent re-acquainting himself with the venue he first visited two years ago at Top Gear Festival Barbados, which launched the facility to a global audience . . . and the infrastructure has evolved significantly.

Hamilton’s fondness for Barbados has been reflected in his social media output since then and, last year, in a more concrete way when he returned to the island during Crop Over last year. Fiercely proud of being the only current grand prix driver with Caribbean roots, he quickly accepted the invitation from Bushy Park to join the huge motor sport family in Barbados, along with a host of invited visitors, in a high-speed celebration of the island’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

As he prepares himself for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, Hamilton said: “I am excited to be heading to Bushy Park Barbados, so thank you for inviting me back. There is a very special atmosphere at Bushy Park so the Barbados Festival of Speed will certainly be a brilliant day out, I can’t wait to be a part of it. It is great to see such enthusiasm for motorsports in the region.”

At Barbados Festival of Speed, his roster of activities will include:

+ Dinner with Lewis on Saturday evening

+ an on-track challenge with former British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill, who will be riding his BSB team’s Yamaha YZF-R1

+ an on-track challenge with island rallying legend Roger Skeete, who will be driving his Subaru Impreza WRC S12B

+ autograph signing sessions for general admission spectators and VIPs

+ trackside interviews

+ the task of setting a new unofficial Bushy Park lap record

Hamilton is making an almost 10,000-mile round trip to be in the Caribbean between rounds four and five of the 2016 World Championship. On Sunday (May 1), he will be aiming for a hat-trick of wins in the Russian GP at Sochi – he is the event’s only winner since it joined the calendar in 2014 – while the following weekend (May 15), he will be hoping to repeat his 2014 win in the Spanish GP at Barcelona, which was achieved just one week before his first visit to Bushy Park.

Dinner with Lewis will be spiced with cultural elements, including hostesses dressed to reflect the island’s Crop Over Festival, steel pan music to welcome patrons on arrival and live Caribbean Jazz during dinner. Additionally, the Clubhouse and VIP will be decorated and lit to transform the venue into a Bajan kaleidoscope of colour and beauty.

From a motoring and motor sport perspective, the nine-hour programme at the Barbados Festival of Speed will be packed with a broad cross-section of international action on two and four wheels. In addition to Hamilton, 2011 British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill and multiple British Supersport Champion Stuart Easton, the star turns include Champions of Micro Banger racing from the UK, plus Monster Truck and Stunt Bike stars from the USA and local and regional content, including the Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup and SR3 Cup.

 

Starting at Bds $50 (adults) and $25 (seven to 12 years) for General Admission, tickets for BFoS are now available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com and at the Bushy Park Circuit Office, also at Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy and Sol Redmans, Speightstown, Warrens and Wildey. Patrons can buy their advanced tickets using the Massy Card at the Bushy Park Circuit Office and Automotive Art Wildey

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Keynote tribute to island’s 50th at Barbados Festival of Speed

 Around 200 children from schools across the parish of St Philip will perform alongside multiple Party Monarch Edwin Yearwood and Double Road March Kings Leadpipe & Saddis, who have joined the line-up for the keynote tribute to the island’s 50th Anniversary of Independence during the inaugural Barbados Festival of Speed at Bushy Park on Sunday, May 8.

With dancers and stilt-walkers adding a distinctly Caribbean flavour, the Clubhouse Straight will be transformed into a huge stage during the lunch break to host a colourful and vibrant celebration of island culture, choreographed specially for the occasion. Yearwood is a hugely-successful award-winning artiste, founder (in 1989) and lead singer of the band Krosfyah, which has toured the world for the past 26 years, while the multi-talented Leadpipe & Saddis are also popularly known for their Youtube Comedy series Porgie & Murda.

Earlier in the day, the Opening Ceremony will include the Barbados Defence Force Zouva Band and a parade of classic cars and cruiser bikes, escorted by flag girls and kadooment girls. They will make use the entire circuit to launch this exciting new event and prepare island fans and their families for the arrival of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton to kick-start the on-track action.

Bushy Park Circuit Inc Business Development & Marketing Manager Zoe Manning said: “Ever since the idea of the Festival of Speed was first conceptualised, in this important Anniversary year, we planned to make it a family-friendly celebration of what the island and the region has to offer, not just in terms of motoring and motor sport.

“Elements of Barbadian culture will be all around throughout the day, with a tuk band and folk characters like Mother Sally, Shaggy Bear and the Green Monkey moving through the spectator areas. But culture is about food, too, so the Festival Village will offer an array of Caribbean cuisine and specialties will be on sale including doubles, rotis, salt fish and bakes, fish cakes, jerk rabbit, pickle sea cat, roast breadfruit, wraps, curries, good old hamburgers and hot dogs and much, much more.

“Finally, during the entire day, for those who want to watch the ‘speed’ on the track but in a traditional island-style fete atmosphere, the Caesar’s Army Party Zone overlooking the quarry will have non-stop DJ music and a non-stop bar.”

Sunday’s on-track spectacular will be preceded by Dinner with Lewis in the Bushy Park VIP Suite on the evening of Saturday, May 7. The dinner will also be spiced with cultural elements including hostesses dressed to reflect the island’s Crop Over Festival, steel pan music to welcome patrons on arrival and live Caribbean Jazz during dinner. Additionally, the Clubhouse will be decorated and lit to transform the venue into a Bajan kaleidoscope of colour and beauty.

From a motoring and motor sport perspective, the nine-hour programme at the Barbados Festival of Speed will be packed with a broad cross-section of international action on two and four wheels. In addition to Hamilton, 2011 British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill and multiple British Supersport Champion Stuart Easton, the star turns include Champions of Micro Banger racing from the UK, plus Monster Truck and Stunt Bike stars from the USA and local and regional content, including the Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup and SR3 Cup.

Confirmed today (Friday) is the news that patrons can buy their advanced tickets using the Massy Card at the Bushy Park Circuit Office and Automotive Art Wildey. Gates will open on May 8 at 8.00am, with the Opening Show starting an hour later. From then to the 6.00pm close, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Starting at Bds $50 (adults) and $25 (seven to 12 years) for General Admission, tickets for BFoS are now available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com and at the Bushy Park Circuit Office, also at Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy and Sol Redmans, Speightstown, Warrens and Wildey

Banger Champions head for Barbados Festival of Speed

 Sixteen purpose-built Micro Banger race cars left Portsmouth on the English south coast last Tuesday (April 5) on a Geest Line freighter heading for the Caribbean. They will be raced by some of the most successful – and most entertaining – stars of UK Banger Racing at the inaugural Barbados Festival of Speed at Bushy Park on May 8.

The Champions of oval racing will join three-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, former British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill and multiple British Supersport Champion Stuart Easton in making a spectacular high-speed contribution to the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the island’s Independence.

Formed in 2003, the Dreamers Banger Racing Team’s Captain is Steve Anscombe, a 30-year veteran of the sport whose nickname is ‘Cecil’. Second in the 1997 National Banger Racing World Championship – one crown that continues to elude him – he has won 13 national and regional titles. Using the skills learned in racing, he has developed a business as a stunt co-ordinator and driver in film and television, also a supplier of cars and equipment.

The Dreamers were the subject of ‘Banger Boys’, an eight-part series on the History Channel in 2013, which followed them to venues up and down the UK, following their team battle with the Dreambusters. Then, last Tuesday, British network ITV launched a new reality programme titled Drive, in which eight broadcast celebrities will compete in various motor sport disciplines, until there is a Drive Champion.

The first programme concentrated on Banger Racing, with the vehicles and competition co-ordination provided by Anscombe and his team. Based on Nissan Micras, the cars used in the ITV programme are similar to those now on their way to Barbados, which will remain in the island after BFoS as an addition to the facility’s regular race meets.

Through the team’s Facebook page (Facebook/Thedreamersracing), Anscombe reported that loading went well at Portsmouth: “Sixteen cars, measuring 12ft each, and four 40ft containers meant double stacking every car . . . but we rocked it! Plus spares, engines, tools and two ramps for a ramp rollover.”

Alongside Anscombe, the Dreamers team also includes Darren ‘The Cheat’ Terry-Brand, winner of six titles, most recently the National Micro Banger Scottish Open last October, and Edward ‘Turbo’ Kennett, who won last year’s National Micro World Cup and was the 2013 Rookie Banger World Champion. Among others making the trip are Reece ‘Hobbit’ Priestley, the 2015-16 Wimbledon Track Champion, former kart racer Craig ‘Nippy’ Hook, the 2015 Ipswich Track Champion, and Pete ‘Bodja’ Osborne, twice winner of the Entertainer of the Year Award.

The nine-hour programme at the Barbados Festival of Speed will be packed with a broad cross-section of motoring and motor sport action on two and four wheels, also including Monster Truck and Stunt Bike stars from the USA and local and regional content, including the Suzuki Challenge Series. The family-friendly day will also feature music from the Barbados Defence Force Band, a parade of classic cars and a lunchtime show starring Rupee, plus other activities with a Caribbean twist.

Gates will open at 8.00am, with the Opening Show starting an hour later. From then to the 6.00pm close, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Almost non-stop on-track action will be complemented by a static display of classic cars, while the Festival Village will offer booths, displays and the best of West Indian food and refreshments.

 

Starting at Bds $50 (adults) and $25 (seven to 12 years) for General Admission, tickets for BFoS are now available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com and at the Bushy Park Circuit Office, also at Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy and Sol Redmans, Speightstown, Warrens and Wildey

For more information on Bushy Park Barbados:

www.bushyparkbarbados.com or Facebook.com/BushyParkBarbados

 

For media information, contact Bushy Park Barbados Media Team:

e-mail: media@bushyparkbarbados.com

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British Bike Champions head for Barbados Festival of Speed

 

 Former British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill and multiple British Supersport Champion Stuart Easton are the first British bike racers confirmed for the inaugural Barbados Festival of Speed at Bushy Park on May 8. They will join three-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton in making a spectacular high-speed contribution to the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the island’s Independence.

  The former MCE Insurance BSB Champion is now a team owner, having built Tommy Hill Motorsport from scratch since the end of last season to run the ePayMe Yamaha squad. Easton, from Hawick in Scotland, and American John Hopkins – Hill’s former arch-rival – will ride last season’s MCE BSB-winning Yamaha YZF-R1s.

  They have recently returned to the UK after a four-day test at Cartagena in Spain, attended by most of the leading MCE BSB teams, where the ePayMe Yamaha’s livery was unveiled. After the test, Hill said: “I am absolutely over the moon to be fair with how this first test has gone. Before November, I didn’t have a single nut or bolt and so to have two bikes on track with both of the guys doing what they have here, and the team working so well together is really overwhelming.

  “For us it is always about moving forward; yes, I am a racer and people still ask me why I don’t get back on a bike and race again, but I have put that drive and passion into my team.” ePayMe Yamaha will next join the official MCE BSB tests at Silverstone and Donington Park (March 29 and 31), ahead of round one at Silverstone on April 8-10.

  Hill won the world’s most competitive domestic Superbike championship in 2011 – by just six-thousandths of a second – in what remains the most talked-about showdown in BSB history; in the last of the season’s 26 races, it was a straight fight between Hill and Hopkins. While they were beaten to the flag by Shane Byrne, Hill crossed the line in second place, his front wheel just millimetres ahead of third-placed ‘Hopper’s.

  Hill retired from the sport after the 2012 MCE BSB season. He had won 19 races and achieved a further 32 podium finishes in a total of 181 race starts, the vast majority of them riding a Yamaha, by whom he had been given his first BSB chance, after winning the 2003 Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup.

  While he has not ridden competitively for more than three years, Hill is looking forward to demonstrating the ePayMe Yamaha YZF-R1 and joining Easton and the other visiting British bikers in two match races against a regional field.

  Easton won the British Supersport Championship in 2002 and 2013; his Superbike record also includes a hat-trick of wins in the off-season Macau GP in 2008-10, and four wins in MCE BSB, finishing third in 2009. Hopkins, who can’t make the Barbados trip because of family commitments, is an experienced MotoGP and Superbike racer, with five BSB wins in 64 races.

  The nine-hour programme at the Barbados Festival of Speed will be packed with a broad cross-section of motoring and motor sport action on two and four wheels, also including Micro Banger Champions from the UK, Monster Truck and Stunt Bike stars from the USA and local and regional content, including the Suzuki Challenge Series. The family-friendly day will also feature music from the Barbados Defence Force Band, a parade of classic cars and a lunchtime show starring Rupee, plus other activities with a Caribbean twist.

  Gates will open at 8.00am, with the Opening Show starting an hour later. From then to the 6.00pm close, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Almost non-stop on-track action will be complemented by a static display of classic cars, while the Festival Village will offer booths, displays and the best of West Indian food and refreshments.

 Tickets for Barbados FoS are available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com and at the Bushy Park Circuit Office, also at Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy and Sol Redmans, Speightstown, Warrens and Wildey. Early Bird prices, starting at Bds $50 (adults) and $25 (seven to 12 years) for General Admission, are available for the month of March.

For more information on Bushy Park Barbados:

www.bushyparkbarbados.com or Facebook.com/BushyParkBarbados

For media information, contact Bushy Park Barbados Media Team:

e-mail: media@bushyparkbarbados.com

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Lewis Hamilton to top the bill at Barbados Festival of Speed

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 Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will make a unique high-speed contribution to the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the island’s Independence at the wheel of his Formula 1 car during the inaugural Barbados Festival of Speed at Bushy Park on the weekend of May 7/8.

  Hamilton’s second appearance in front of island fans was confirmed today (February 19) by Bushy Park Circuit Inc (BPCI) Business Development and Marketing Manager Zoe Manning during a Media Briefing in the facility’s Open-Air Suites. Falling almost two years to the day since Top Gear Festival Barbados launched the redeveloped facility to a worldwide audience, Barbados Festival of Speed will open another new chapter in the St Philip venue’s history.

  The nine-hour programme will be packed with a broad cross-section of motoring and motor sport action on two and four wheels, including British Superbike and Micro Banger Champions from the UK, Monster Truck and Stunt Bike stars from the USA, along with local and regional content, including the Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup and SR3 Cup.

  The family-friendly day will also include a lunchtime show featuring Rupee, music from the Barbados Defence Force Band, a parade of classic cars and other activities that will give this new event on the annual motoring calendar a very specific Caribbean twist.

  TGF Barbados, at which Hamilton enjoyed an enthusiastic welcome from island fans, was followed by Race Of Champions 2014, while the highlight of last year’s calendar was the penultimate round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in October. Manning explained: “After almost two years in operation and the hosting of three International events, already well-established on the global calendar, we saw the need and had the vision of creating our very own world-class event.

  “The Barbados Festival of Speed celebrates the 50th Anniversary of our Independence and this will be reflected in all we do during the weekend’s celebrations. It’s a time for us Barbadians to hold our heads high and be proud of what we can achieve with national team work, dedication and sacrifices. Lewis’s team was instantly receptive and said: ‘Lewis loves Barbados and he loves Bushy Park . . . and he’s looking forward to coming and playing with you guys’.”

  The cultural elements of the programme will be co-ordinated by Aja, who added: “I have watched how Bushy Park has worked to combine the car racing culture of the island with the artistic and cultural heritage. The Barbados Festival of Speed will be a major spectacle, which people from all walks of life and of all ages will want to see.”

  Hamilton will make an almost 10,000-mile round trip to the Caribbean between rounds four and five of the 2016 World Championship. On the previous Sunday (May 1), he will be aiming for a hat-trick of wins in the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi – he is the event’s only winner since it joined the calendar in 2014 – while the following weekend (May 15), he will be hoping to repeat his 2014 win in the Spanish GP at Barcelona, which was achieved just one week before his debut at Bushy Park.

  Devon Chase, Business Development Officer of Sports at Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI), said: “We will be working with our offices both internationally and regionally to market this event and help make it as successful as it can be.”

  On Saturday evening, BPCI will host A Dinner with Lewis Hamilton in the VIP, where guests will be treated to fine dining and entertainment. The gates will open at 8.00am on Sunday, allowing patrons to seek out their favourite viewing spot before the Opening Show starts an hour later. From 9.00am to the 6.00pm close, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to the almost non-stop action on the track, there will be a static display of classic cars and the Festival Village will be in full swing, with booths, displays and the best of West Indian food and refreshments.

  Manning concluded: “We intend to build this into an annual ‘must-see’ event, with some of the best performers in the world. We are looking forward to the lead up over the next couple of months and in having all Barbadians, our neighbours and those from further afield, join us for this event.”

  Tickets for Barbados Festival of Speed, starting at Bds $50 (adults) and $25 (children 12 and under) for General Admission, will go on sale on February 29. They will be available on-line at www.bushyparkbarbados.com and at the Bushy Park Circuit Office, also at Automotive Art Wildey, CS Pharmacy and Sol Redmans, Speightstown, Warrens and Wildey.

 

For more information on Bushy Park Barbados:

http://www.bushyparkbarbados.com/festival-of-speed or Facebook.com/BushyParkBarbados

For media information, contact Bushy Park Barbados Media Team:

e-mail: media@bushyparkbarbados.com