Deutsche Fest arrived at Brands Hatch with a bang this weekend (19-20 August) with a rich programme of on and off track delights celebrating the very best that German motoring, cuisine, and culture have to offer.
The venue was filled by passionate car owners on both days, with countless examples of machinery from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW, and Porsche on display. Each of these passionate groups brought with them a wealth of knowledge and the nuances of their individual club cultures, in addition to an immaculate spread of cars.
These popular displays served as a healthy backdrop to the on-track show which primarily comprised races for German saloon cars. The busy line-up was headlined on Sunday by the frenetic Volkswagen Racing Cup championship, in which Bobby Thompson claimed a hard-fought double win in both races.
A busy public grid walk allowed visitors to get a little closer to the action ahead of the opening Volkswagen Racing Cup encounter, enabling them to meet the drivers and pose for photos with the cars and team personnel.
Another major highlight was a BMW E30 M3 Celebration double-header in which Cemal Osman and James Card shared the victories.
Between the races there were special high-speed demonstrations from high-powered single-seaters, including an ex-Takuma Sato Jordan which was sponsored by Deutsche Post. These cars might not have been exclusively German, but they were a joy to behold with distinctive colours and sounds.
As with many recent additions to the Brands Hatch calendar, Deutsche Fest was much more than just a race event, and there were plenty of trade stands and off-track shows to engage with. There was even an Oktoberfest-style beer tent open for business on the Saturday night to entertain the weekend campers and paddock personalities.
Photo: Gary Hawkins