Coventry MotoFest 2024 road closures, displays, times motorsports and music

MotoFest is back this weekend - here's all you need to know
-Credit: (Image: Coventry Telegraph)

Motofest Coventry will be returning this weekend on June 1 and 2 to bring a weekend - and there will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Motofest celebrates the city's motoring and transport heritage, and is marking its tenth anniversary this year with everything from classic cars to motorcycles, motorsports, and modified cars for fans to enjoy.

The popular event showcases the automotive industry's past, present, and future along with new technologies and innovations. Fans can expect motorsports, live music, global street food, and much more for an action-packed weekend, all for free.

We have compiled a guide on all the things you need to know about Motofest 2024. In it, we'll take you through the displays, the motorsports, road closures, music and much, much more.

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What displays will be at the event?

There will be all manner of displays where you might even get the chance meet the people who helped design or make your car or motorcycle. The event accepts motors of all shapes and sizes on four wheels and two, old or new. There will be four categories of displays: Modified/Performance Cars, Classic Cars and Motorcycles.

If your car fits into the Classic Car Clubs, Modified Car Clubs, Motorcycle Clubs, and Commercial and Agricultural Vehicle Clubs, then you can showcase your car. But you don't have to be in a club to display your vehicle - if you want to show your classic car or motorcycle in the heart of Coventry, you can!

For anyone who wants to participate, they must:

  • Book their slot here via the Motofest website - any remaining spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • There is a £5 charge to display in this area per vehicle, you will be able to pay this through the booking portal

  • Drip trays/spill mats are mandatory and are available on the day.

Classic cars will be at Little Park Street, Earl Street, and Jordan Well. The Vintage Sports Car Club will be located at University Square. Modern Modified and Performance Car Clubs will be on Cox Street, while Motorcycle Clubs and Individual Displays will be at Millenium Place and Hales Street.

What live motorsport events are happening?

The infamous sprint circuit will be back for 2024
The infamous sprint circuit will be back for 2024 -Credit:Coventry Telegraph

The unique Ring Road Sprint Ciricut will be back with an action-packed weekend of bikes and cars as they 'roar' under the bridge deck. Fans should make their way to the viewing areas to get involved in the action - timetables for the weekend are still yet to be released, although some times below are known.

The Drift Arena will be welcoming Crewsade back to Motorfest and White Street Car Park. Fans will get to see motoring mayhem with Crewsade and One Wheel Wavey. Fans should make their way to Crewsade via the subway behind Pool Meadow Station. It will be held from 10am to 5pm on June 1 and 2.

For those who want to get their heart racing, check out the AutoTest championship as you can see precision driving around the pillars of the Coventry Ring Road all against the clock, where you can watch the action under the ring road at Gosford Street. This will be held from 10am to 3pm on both days.

New for this year will be the historic karting arena, which the British Historic Karting Club will host. Based at the car park on Gosford Road under the ring road, it will give fans a chance to see first-hand dynamic displays of grassroots motorsport that has launched the careers of many legendary drivers over the years.

What is the Innovation Zone?

The Innovation Zone on Greyfriars Green has expanded for 2024, and is dedicated to celebrating the future of transport. You can visit MotoFest sponsor E.On's stand to learn about sustainable motorsport with Extreme E and FIA World RX celebrity drivers Kevin Hansen and Molly Taylor, where you can test your skills on the Veloce racing simulators.

In the Innovation Arena, try out future transport solutions with WMG, TfWM, Coventry University, and more. Pave UK brings interactive robot and gaming activities to introduce self-driving technology (look up to the sky for displays of the latest drone technology across the weekend).

What can kids get involved in at Motofest?

All the live and static displays are child-safe, and there will also be a range of free activities specifically chosen to engage younger visitors.

  • Mini Rovers - have a go at driving on a circuit made especially for them in cars to match their size on Greyfriars Green.

  • Fairground rides - at Warwick Road by The Wave.

  • Face Painting - on Greyfriars Green.

  • Parks and Play Areas - there are plenty across the city where you can rest and the kids can play from the newest play area by Methodist Central Hall, Naul's Mill Underpark, or Coventry University's Stanley Gardens.

  • Coventry Transport Museum - the museum will have free admission during Motofest with many activities occurring. For more information, click here.

What is Coventry Concours 2024?

There will be many cars on displays for fan to see
There will be many cars on displays for fan to see -Credit:Coventry Telegraph

Coventry Concours is the MotoFest take on a Concours d'Elegance competition. Each Coventry Concours will have a theme but will maintain a Coventry connection throughout the entries every year. They are looking for the best examples of vehicles with a Coventry connection.

The Coventry Concours will be held at Coventry Cathedral Ruins, with Anthony Evans Insurance supporting the event. The company has a real interest in classic cars and motorbikes, as they provide all types of motor policies across the UK.

Will there be live music?

There will be multiple stages around Motofest where you can enjoy local up and coming artists and cover bands playing the classics. The four stages include: BBC Introducing, Jubilee Arena, CV Folk and HMV Empire Stage.

For more information on who will be performing, click here.

What road closures will be in place?

These are the road closures that will be in place from May 31 to June 2:

  • Ring Road clockwise J4 – 7 (main carriageway: London Road to Butts Road/Croft Road)

  • Ring Road anticlockwise J7 – 4 (main carriageway: Butts Road/Croft Road to London Road)

  • Ring Road J4 (London Road/Short Street) Access to Ring Road towards J5 (Mile Lane/Little Park Street),

  • Ring Road J5 (Mile Lane/Little Park Street) – all Ring Road entry/exit slip roads.

  • Ring Road J6 (Friargate/Warwick Road/Manor House Drive)

  • Ring Road J7 (Croft Road/Butts Road) – Access to ring road towards J6 (Friargate/Warwick Road/Manor House Drive)

  • Warwick Road, both directions from Eaton Road/Central 6 junction to the junction of New Union Street and Greyfriars Lane (The Wave)

  • Manor Road - no access to Ring Road.

  • Hales Street in front of Old Fire Station (Millennium Place)

How to get around Motofest

The map below showcases the events around the city centre from the car displays, bike village, viewing areas, international street food, innovation zone, and Motofest motorsport will take place.

The map of Motofest 2024 in Coventry city centre
The map of Motofest 2024 in Coventry city centre -Credit:MotoFest

For more information about MotoFest, visit the website.

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