Speedhunters Awards 2012: Festival Of The Year

The dictionary defines a festival as a period of celebration. Similar to our Meet of the Year award, we’ve unearthed the fifteen most popular festivals that appeared on Speedhunters in 2012. One of the things that impressed me most about these nominations, is the variety of the festivals. Take a look for yourself …

Gatebil Rudskogen

If Speedhunters could manifest itself as an event, it would be something like Gatebil. 45,000 people, hundreds of thousands of horsepower, insanity doesn’t come close.

All Star Bash

Whatever your opinion on the art of cars travelling sideways, grassroots drifting is huge amounts of fun in a package that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Bonneville

Running since the 1940s, the Salt Flats have been host to pure unadulterated speed. If you just want to go fast, Bonneville is the place for you. All you need is an engine, wheels and something to hold everything together before blasting across the white abyss.

Ford Fair

You don’t need to be a fan of the blue oval to appreciate this annual gathering at Silverstone. The Ford marque contains something for everyone, regardless of your persuasion.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

If you want to see some of the greatest and fastest motorsport creations of all time, you need to make your way to Lord March’s garden.

The Goodwood Revival 

Ever think that you were born in the wrong era? The Revival will compound this thought and make you yearn for the days gone by.

HKS Premium Day 

A festival which celebrates all that is good in the tuning world. A predominantly Japanese car event combined with an awesome venue. It’s more than just a promotional day.

Japfest Ireland

Japfest is the epitome of all that is good with the Japanese car scene in Ireland. You loved Japan’s influence on the green isle but is it enough to earn your vote?

Japfest UK

Similarly, our UK brothers and sisters like their Japanese cars and this is what happens when they come together.

Leadfoot Festival

Ever wanted to host a festival in your own back yard? The Millens open up their ranch in New Zealand once a year to allow their driveway to be painted with rubber. We approve.

Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Laguna Seca combined with some of the coolest cars on the planet in the August sunshine. As good as it gets?

Rallyday at Castle Combe

Some might say that rallying belongs on the stages. Obviously someone never told Castle Combe this…

Retro Rides Gathering 

Running the very same weekend as Rallyday, the Retro Rides Gathering encompasses some the best the UK retro scene has to offer. Whether you want to enjoy the static display or watch the action unfold on the hill climb, this has it all.

Silverstone Classic

Sixty Ferrari F40s, Group C sportscars, Super Tourers, GTs and the Grand Prix Masters series. Need I say more?

Trax

Trax is an event which shows no prejudice or judgement to those who attend. There are no restrictions with regards, just come along and enjoy all that is good with the automotive world.

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Paddy McGrath
paddy@dev.speedhunters.com

Speedhunters Awards 2012


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34 comments
HoTWire
HoTWire

Thanks for the nomination for the RR Gathering, shame the link doesn't work, but we're just pleased to be in some pretty tall company, considering we're a show organised by 2 guys in their spare time rather than a year round events team :D

Darwin N
Darwin N

ALL STAR BASH HANDS DOWN!

Corey K
Corey K

I voted for the Goodwood Revival, because it's easy to get a bunch of people together with amazing cars, it's entirely different to get everybody (crew and spectators alike) to dress in period-correct clothing and organize a period-correct group of shops, pit areas, etc. to really travel back in time!

Travis
Travis

where the heck is Drift Matsuri at Ebisu?

ToneDiez
ToneDiez

Well this was the easiest decision thus far, lol.

max g
max g

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Nikhil_P
Nikhil_P

even though i went to trax and it was pretty darn sick...i cant imagine how sick Gatebil would be!!

centrepickup
centrepickup

myself i thought that silverstone classics was very good&i want to go again next year trax was quite poor this year to all the other trax shows i have attended to in the past trax had some good points¬ in others like not many stalls selling stuff&no free goody bags like there was in the past hope it be better nextyear?

Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn

THE RETRO RIDES GATHERING LINK DOESN'T WORK!!!!!! SO NO-ONE CAN VIEW IT TO VOTE WHO HASN'T SEEN IT.BEFORE  :-(

Jordan_Burgess
Jordan_Burgess

Goodwood takes it for me. I went for the first time this year and, as a huge motorsports fan, was ashamed of myself for never having been before. The best way for any motorsport fan to spend a weekend.

VolvoVegard
VolvoVegard

Gatebil has my vote, because of the pure insanity off the festival and the sickest cars in all of europe are gathered there !

otar
otar

I didnt go to any events, but bonnerville has really opened my eyea to the rod scene, and i love it! Haha that one gets my vote

777
777

WTAC?

seriously where is the real list? it would have to be on there

ding0tr0n
ding0tr0n

goodwood coverage was AMAZING.  no classics at snetterton i think it was?  the one with the yellow camel f1 car was awesome.

Ealoken
Ealoken

Gatebil, is and will always be the BEST festivales!!!

MattClarke
MattClarke

Gatebil is a joke compared to Goodwood.

TomHoward
TomHoward

Has to be Goodwood! Gatebil is just boring..

NickDiLuca
NickDiLuca

What do I want more than a Ferrari F40? Sixty Ferrari F40s.

Jonny Fun
Jonny Fun

Goodwood's Festival of speed is amazing but the Revival has the most incredible atmosphere I have ever experienced. Everybody who attends along with the great work put on by the Goodwood team make the event so immersive. Everything is true to the pre-1966 period, with out attending its hard to do it justice in words. 

Olaf16
Olaf16

Silverstone Classic with all the F40 is very nice... But Gatebil ftw :)

sixergixer
sixergixer

Both of the Goodwood events are tied, in my opinion, and get my vote.

SVT_Bryan
SVT_Bryan

My vote went to gatebill for the no-holds-barred insanity of it all.  But they're ALL awesome festivals and events and I look forward to each highlight every year!  Keep it up guys!

grb
grb

if your not not voting for the Goodwood Festival of Speed then you don't even know what your talking about, period.

dulux78
dulux78

Love Goodwood Festival of Speed because it has different type of cars from different type of race discipline from different year and era, nothing can't beat this kind of great atmosphere it has created

ToyotaSupraMan
ToyotaSupraMan

There's only one possible answer: Gatebil.

 

When you can reply to "Why put a 800hp 2JZ in a Volvo?" with just "Because Gatebil", you have found the ultimate festival.

FunctionFirst
FunctionFirst

Goodwood revival is on my bucket-list. Too cool. Again, damn hard choices to make.

Richie11
Richie11

 @777

 I know right?! I really enjoy the HKS Premium Day event, that got my vote, if WTAC was here then that would've gotten it.

SMRacing
SMRacing

 @TomHoward I searched for goodwood festival of speed 2012 on youtube, and yeah if youre into historic racecars passing you att meidium to low pace as it seems most are doing it might be interesting. But to compare goodwood to Gatebil and say that gatebil is booring is just wrong.

Richie11
Richie11

 @PaddyMcGrathSH  ahh, i see... Well I hope to see it in others categories if there are still more coming up! hahaha


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