ABOUT THE YORKSHIRE MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL

The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival has evolved both from the organisers’ extraordinary passion for all things vehicle-related and their frustration at the lack of large-scale motorsports events in the North of England.

The initial concept for the Festival rapidly evolved into far more than a historic Hillclimb. It is now an all-out entertainment extravaganza with something for everyone to see and do. Live music, shopping, sheep shows, a fairground, fine food and drinks, are all on offer for Festival ticket holders.

Make no mistake though; vehicles are still very much the core focus of this event. And you couldn’t possibly ask for more in that respect. From the humblest of vintage tractors to cutting-edge Formula 1 racing machines, brute-force bulldozers to elegant Bentleys and Aston Martins, the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival is any engineering enthusiast’s fantasy come true.

Truly unmissable, this is simply the most spectacular day out in the North. Tickets on sale early January.

Location

With its scenic venue on the outskirts of the much-loved village of Holmfirth on the northernmost edge of the Peak District National Park, this is a proudly Yorkshire Festival.

Spread across 125 acres, and with a massive line-up of things to see and do, it is the largest event of its kind in the North of England in 2021.

Set on grassy rural farmland, this will be a down-to-earth affair. The Yorkshire Summer can be unpredictable, and shelter is limited. So, please be sure to bring your Wellies and wet weather wear.

Access the Festival from anywhere in the country via public or private transport. Accommodation options to suit every style and budget are available nearby. Or take advantage of our on-site campground. It’s available for a full week before the Festival, allowing you to explore some of Yorkshire’s best-kept secrets at your leisure.

Hotels Near The Event

We have compiled a list of hotels and bed and breakfasts, plus one or two serviced apartments in the area. We do not take responsibility for these establishments and advise you to do your own research before booking. This list is a guide and designed to be a starting point to help you find the right accommodation for you.

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GETTING THERE

The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival venue has excellent motorway and public transport links, free on-site parking, and a free Park and Ride service from nearby towns. Landing facilities for private aircraft are available close by. Please see the ‘Travel and Parking’ section of our FAQ page for more info.

ACCOMMODATION & CAMPING

The Festival’s on-site campground is situated in a scenic countryside location just outside Holmfirth. It has been selected for its phenomenal views across the Holme Valley. The campsite is open from Monday 21st June to Monday 28th June 2021. Click the button below to download more accommodation information.

Visit: Emmas Caravan Park. Use booking code 'CHO469'

Visit: Cedar Court Hotel. Use booking code 'YSF2021'

Meet The Team

CEO

Michael McErlain

Michael has over 20 years of experience in the Events business. He started as a sub-contractor to other Event organisations and then as a Director organising his own Motor based Shows. Michael competes in both Hillclimb and Sprint events in his Ford Anglia. He says: “I organised my first car show in 1976... before my day job of building my Company took over, but being involved in the Construction Industry we again started to be involved in various events which led us to become an Organiser of our own events. I’m very pleased to be part of this team bringing the great new Motor Sport Festival to Yorkshire!”

Managing Director

Max Crosland

Max is a former PLC director with experience in dealing with Local & National Government departments, particularly on planning and environmental matters. He currently runs an Energy & Minerals Consultancy. Max has been a motorsport aficionado from childhood and has previously competed in rallies and sprints, with a strong current interest in classic sports cars and related events. He says: “The North is desperately short of quality motorsport events and our Festival will begin to rectify this – we’re really excited about the event and are working flat out to make it a great success. We look forward to becoming a regular fixture in fellow enthusiasts’ diaries.”

Non-Executive Director

Ian Jordan

After completing his professional qualifications at King's College London, Ian launched a successful 35+ year career in Corporate Law and Independent Corporate legal advice to a wide range of companies. Ian has acted for fortune-100 Companies and start-ups, assisting management and Boards, in both the public and private sectors, optimise their businesses by improving corporate structure and capitalisation. Ian's practical experience of commerce includes the preparation of legal documentation involved in the financing and operation of public and limited companies, mergers and acquisitions, 'buy-ins' and 'buyout', and advising on cross-border transactions, including the regulatory requirements necessarily associated with such activities.

Festival Ambassador

Karun Chandhok

We are very pleased and excited to welcome Karun Chandhok as one or our Ambassadors to the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival. Karun is part of a very exclusive club of only two Indian Formula One drivers. A multiple race winner and podium finisher in GP2, a test driver for Red Bull F1 team before graduating to a race driver in F1 for both Hispania Racing and Team Lotus. Karun was the first Indian driver to compete in the iconic Le Mans 24-hour race finishing in the top six in class on three occasions. Karun also competed in the Formula E series for electric race cars in the first season having negotiated the entry of Mahindra Racing to the series. Karun was born into a motor racing family where Father, Grandfather and even his Grandmother raced. Now a commentator, analyst and consultant to Driver International, a circuit design company, we are delighted to welcome him to the Festival Team.

Car Club Paddock Executive Manager

Deborah Brereton

“I am delighted to have been invited to join such a talented Team on this unique Northern Motorsport event. I am privileged to work in a profession that is all about creating fabulous experiences, fun and memories for all involved”. Deborah has worked as a freelancer across the Event industry extensively. Her roles have been diverse from event operations/logistics/sales/content/sponsorship and much more. With a passion for cars, delivering major events throughout the country that have fuelled her love of motorsport and classic cars. Over this time Deborah has built up a considerable portfolio of Car Clubs and exhibitor relationships who thoroughly enjoy attending the variety of events she delivers.

Trade Stand Executive Manager

Keren Dunning-Bourne

Keren is possibly the only Yorkshire woman we know who never drinks tea and is terrified of racing pigeons but we promise you she truly is 100% Yorkshire born and bred. Her degree in Medieval and Modern History from the University of Nottingham and subsequent Post-Graduate qualifications qualified her for nothing that was any fun whatsoever. Fortunately, Keren’s love of elegant cars and even greater passion for all things shopping combined with a ninja attention to detail to make the ideal Trade Stand Manager. She says, “I am thrilled to be part of the Festival Team and this fabulous new venture, creating the best retail experience for both exhibitors and guests in our stunning outdoor setting.”

Vintage Tractor Executive

Roger Brereton

Roger is a businessman, Show Secretary at the David Brown Tractor Club, and co-founder of Saddleworth Tractor Group. He grew up with tractors, and, once he had learned to drive one, he was hooked. He is now the proud owner of a couple of vintage David Brown tractors, and continues to share his passion for these machines whenever possible. “I am thrilled be involved with what promises to be a spectacular Festival and a first for Yorkshire. I’m your contact here at the Festival for anything tractor. If you'd like to join us for this fabulous weekend with your tractor, please get in touch.”

PR and Media Executive

Amanda Crowther

With a degree in Art and Design, a twenty five year career in marketing in the Arts and Automotive sectors, Amandass talents include public relations marketing, graphic design, writing, photography and event management. Amanda leads on the pr and media for the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival as well as creating content for our website and social media platforms.“ I'm all about passion and connection, and this Team, as well as the motorsport and motor enthusiast community at large, have it in bucket loads. I am always seeking ways to land our stories in the press and media so if you can help or have any enquiries relating to marketing or media drop me an email.”

VIP Hospitality and Beverage Executive

Nikki Schofield

Nikki has been in the hospitality industry for over thirty years, is a licensee and an event organiser. Her knowledge, expertise and focus on excellent customer service makes her a valuable member of the team. She brings tremendous organisational skills and creative flair to everything she does and we are delighted to have her on board." I have been involved in many interesting projects in my career, but The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival is really exciting; the whole thing. We have put polices in place and adapted our service to ensure the food for our VIP and hospitality customers is prepared and presented safely and deliciously. We look forward to welcoming you."

Hot Rods & American Car Executive

Nigel Lockley

I am delighted to be involved with the YMSF Team as the Hot Rods and American car executive in what will be a excellent event for Yorkshire and the North. Having worked with Michael in the past I know it will be a spectacular Festival and a great addition to the Yorkshire calendar. I have been involved with Custom Cars, Hot Rods & American muscle cars since passing my driving test in 1976, in the early years showing my Custom Van on the UK & European Show Car circuit. I also spent 10 years building a 'one off' Hot Rod which in 2005 won Best of show at London's Extreme Wheels event. It has become a passion of mine and over the last 8 years I have been providing Car Content for Classic shows, Exhibitions & Motorsport events throughout the UK.

STEWARD AND HILLCLIMB ADVISOR

Chris Seaman

We welcome Chris Seaman to the TEAM both as one of our Stewards and also as the Festival’s Hillclimb advisor. Having been an active competitor in Speed Hillclimbs for over 35 years, and during that period, Chris has been a holder of many class and hill records at multiple venues. Back in the day, Chris was the overall winner of The Castrol/BARC Hillclimb Championship plus Harewood Speed Hillclimb - FTD Series winner. Having had a successful career in both his extremely rapid MG Midget and his Brabham BT30. A current Yorkshire BARC committee member and the Competition Secretary of BARC Yorkshire/Harewood Speed Hillclimb for over 25 years, Chris brings a wealth of experience.

The Festival is delighted to be partnering with the Mid-Derbyshire Motor Club (MDMC) which is the host motoring club for the Wolfstones Speed Hillclimb. 2021 marks the 71st anniversary of this historic club, which has a long tradition in speed events as well as in both stage & road rallying, track days and numerous other branches of the sport.

BE PART OF THE ACTION, BECOME A MARSHAL

Like all motorsport events, the Wolfstones Hillclimb will rely on an army of volunteers to act as marshals throughout the weekend. As host motor club MDMC is responsible for appointing marshals for the hillclimb and, therefore, anyone wishing to participate and be part of what will be an historic event, should contact MDMC.

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