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Glittering opening ceremony for American SpeedFest 7!

Wednesday, May 08 2019

Two thousand fans will flood the grid for the official opening ceremony of this year's American SpeedFest at Brands Hatch - the seventh annual celebration of US racing, food and entertainment that fills the Kent venue on 1-2 June.

Grid passes were snapped up as soon as tickets went on sale, but visitors can still get close to all the action in public viewing areas as cars line up for a glitzy American-style ceremony on Sunday at 12.05pm, complete with cheerleaders, a US Air Force guard of honour and authentic Dixie band.

American SpeedFest 7 plays host to the only UK round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and players from the Maidstone Pumas American football team will replace the usual grid girls when the cars take their places on the pit straight for the opening ceremony.

Top Elvis tribute act Mark Summers will arrive in style on the back of a US truck to declare the event officially opening and sing 'The Star Spangled Banner'.  He'll then adopt the role of Grand Marshall to utter the immortal "drivers start your engines" line to get the track action underway.

The weekend's racing features two NASCAR races on Saturday and Sunday, and the Elite 1 grid will include a star driver - ex F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve. As well as the official opening ceremony on Sunday, there's a chance for fans to get selfies and autographs with the drivers during Saturday's FREE grid walk at 12.20pm.

The pomp and ceremony on track is accompanied by a truly incredible off-track line-up including thousands of show vehicles, US-inspired live music, American food, a rodeo bull, live action and monster truck stunt shows and LOADS MORE!

Online advance adult weekend tickets for American SpeedFest 7 are £33, with discounts for teens (13-15) and kids under 13 go FREE! Click here to book.