THERE are just two days to go before Cholmondeley Castle hosts the highly-anticipated charity festival Car Fest North.

The two-day event, organised by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, will be held in the castle grounds over the weekend of September 8-9 in aid of BBC Children In Need.

Music stars Texas, Razorlight and The Proclaimers will all be performing at the festival, which will also feature an impressive array of modern and classic supercars, a food festival, a real dairy ice cream stand from Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, and a variety of family activities.

More than 20,000 people attended the festival’s sister event, Car Fest South, which was held over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire, and was hailed a huge success.

At the Cholmondeley festival, there will be a ‘Pride and Joy’ car auction where specially selected classic car models will be up for grabs at affordable prices.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, who are holding the ‘Pride and Joy’ exhibition, said: “The auction is a great opportunity for anyone enjoying the weekend’ to drive away in their own classic car.

“We’ve consciously made sure that a variety of models are within reach of as many potential bidders as possible wanting to do their bit for BBC Children in Need and indeed, many could sell for under £10,000.

“However, we also know that to raise lots more money for charity we need a significant collection of cars aimed at serious enthusiasts where driving pleasure comes first and foremost,” he added.

One of the cars on offer, a 1960 Morris Mini Minor which appeared in a television advert alongside Twiggy, is estimated at between £7,000 and £9,000.

Other collectables at the auction include a rare 1967 Riley Elf, estimated at between £3,500 to £4,500, and a 1977 Triumph Stag, complete with recent engine rebuild, estimated at £6,000 to £8,000.

To view all of the cars on offer, and to register before the auction starts, visit