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Pickup Trucks return for American SpeedFest V

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pickup Truck Racing will return for American SpeedFest V at Brands Hatch on 10/11 June 2017, marking the category’s first appearance at the Kent circuit’s US extravaganza since 2014.

Nothing epitomises the Stateside Dream quite as much as the image of a pickup truck on an open highway, so it’s fantastic news for SpeedFest V, which promises to deliver more stars and stripes infused entertainment than ever before next year.

Pickups will return to the bill in what will be the category’s 20th anniversary season, after they were inaugurated by Sonny Howard, whose SHP Engineering concern runs the championship to this day, for the 1997 season. Bringing the US-style pickup truck concept to European shores, these silhouette machines resemble utility vehicles in appearance only, possessing two-litre racing engines and NASCAR-inspired four-speed gearboxes beneath the hood.

In true American stock car style, the cars are colourful, and brightly stickered, plus there is an inter-manufacturer battle between two stalwarts of the US motoring scene – Ford and GM (through its UK Vauxhall marque).

The Pickup Truck Racing returns to the programme due to popular demand as the SpeedFest organisers seek to improve the event in the fans’ vision. The Pickups will complement a racing line-up which is to be headlined by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and incorporating plenty of other themed races with details to be confirmed in the coming weeks and months.

Brands Hatch Motorsport Event Manager David Willey said: “I’m delighted bring Pickup Truck Racing back to American SpeedFest during what I’m sure will be a very special 20th anniversary year for everyone involved. They put on a great show during early editions of SpeedFest, the fans have been desperate to get them back, and we’ve listened. I’m sure SpeedFest will stand out as two of the most entertaining days of the Brands Hatch calendar in 2017 and I’m glad the Sonny Howard and his competitors are able to be a part of it!”

Tickets for American SpeedFest V at Brands Hatch on 10/11 June 2017 are available now with a special early bird offer. Click here or call 0843 453 9000 to secure your tickets before Christmas!

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