THREE-TIME Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will make a 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 and 8.
Hamilton’s second appearance in front of island fans was confirmed last Friday 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 US, 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. Big welcome Top Gear Barbados, at which Hamilton enjoyed an enthusiastic welcome from 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. “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,” Manning said. The cultural elements of the programme will be coordinated by Aja. He said: “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.”
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