ONE MONTH TO GO UNTIL SUMMER’S NEWEST MOTORSPORT EVENT ‘FIRLE BEACON’ ROARS INTO ACTION ON THE SOUTH DOWNS
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The countdown is on with just one month to go before the inaugural Firle Beacon festival, a high-octane first-of-its-kind motorsport event, launches on 30 July.
Set in the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park in Sussex, the event makes for a perfect summer day out and is lined up to be a petrolhead’s dream. Firle Beacon will be packed with Rally, Sprint and Supercar displays and demonstrations over two unique, challenging courses, with access-all-areas meet-and-greets with drivers and their cars and a multitude of entertainment, food and drink.
The exhilarating line-up includes:
- Three paddocks spanning 60s Supercars, 40 Retro and 100 Rally cars, open to all visitors.
- A world-class collection of Supercars in the Supercar Paddock, ranging from a 2004 Nissan World Series currently in RB7 Red Bull livery to a brand-new Aston Martin BDX, and even the booming 5.0 V8 of a 2018 Ford/RTR Mustang. Displays include:
o The Rally Demonstration – see the rally cars in action, starting at the main gate over the two-mile rally stage, with over 100 cars speeding by at 30 second intervals, ending with an exhilarating climb up the Firle Beacon Hill.
o Supercar Sprint – the cars in the Supercar Paddock will take part in a high-octane ¼ mile standing sprint.
o Minis – a collection of the earliest Minis including Pickups and one of the most famous - Mr. Bean’s very own mini!
o Private Collections – from Open Wheelers to Classics.
o Barn Find Rally Cars – see how rally cars really look when found prior to restoration.
o NASCAR – celebrating stock-car racing.
o The chance to meet the drivers in all-access areas.
Firle Beacon will be a celebration of 90 years of Rally in the UK, featuring some of the most legendary cars from across the decades including:
- British Rally Champion, Colin McRae’s iconic 1997 rally-winning Subaru Impreza WRC.
- A special collection of cars driven by Rally Champion, Russell Brookes from the '70s, '80s and '90s – including three Mk2 Escorts, two Opel Mantas, a Sierra Cosworth, Chevette HSR, together with a Group A Astra.
- Some of the fastest, most powerful, and sophisticated vehicles from Retro Rallycross & Group B.
SATURDAY NIGHT CELEBRATIONS
Local pub The Ram, owned by the Firle Estate, will be transformed for Saturday night entertainment. Expect DJs at a free party for all Saturday Firle Beacon ticketholders to attend after the event, with drinks and food available for purchase.
Bring the kids, for a fun family day out. Expect:
- Fun Fair rides.
- Historic simulators – where you can imagine you’re driving a spectacular retro vehicle.
- Tank rides.
- Mr Bean’s Mini – one of only two originals working in the UK!
ACCESS ALL AREAS VIEWING
Those wanting to get close to the action can view the challenging Rally course from the Village. See the cars whizz round tight corners before taking on the hill – getting as close as safety will allow.
Alternatively, visitors can watch it all from the sprawling lawns on big screens, with all the action captured on drones so you can sit back and enjoy the atmosphere in this stunning location.
LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD AND DRINK
Alongside the high-octane action there will be plenty of opportunities for visitors to enjoy a quintessentially British day out in the countryside with great value beer and locally sourced food available across the site from our catering partners.
The event is the brainchild of Henry Gage of the Firle Estate, who said: “After months of preparations it feels remarkable that only one month remains until the big launch. We can’t wait to host Firle Beacon festival and we’re as excited as everyone else to see the cars and displays that we’ve confirmed.”
Book tickets now at firlebeacon.com.
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About Firle Beacon
Firle Beacon is a new motorsport event arriving in July 2022, where heritage and a passion for performance meet. Developed by the historic Firle Estate in Sussex for all motorsport enthusiasts to enjoy, Firle Beacon captures the spirit of the early races dating back to the 50s in a participatory event on a notoriously challenging two-mile course, combining the latest in technology and speed. It offers a first-of-its-kind opportunity for the public to witness everything Rally, Sprint and Supercar up-close.
Address: Firle, East Sussex, BN8 6LP
When: 30 – 31 July 2022
Times: 9am – 6pm daily
Saturday 30 July
- Day Ticket: Adult (16 yrs+) - £42
- Day Ticket: Junior (5-16 yrs) - £24
- Family Ticket (4 people – max 2 adults): - £27 per person
- Day Ticket: Child (Under 5yrs) – Free entry
Sunday 31 July
- Day Ticket: Adult (16 yrs+) - £35
- Day Ticket: Junior (5-16 yrs) - £20
- Family Ticket (4 people – max 2 adults): - £22.25 per person
- Day Ticket: Child (Under 5yrs) – Free entry
- Weekend Ticket: Adult - £64.80
- Weekend Ticket: Junior - £39
- Weekend Ticket: Child – Free entry
How to get there:
By car: Nestling in the foot of the South Downs near Lewes, between Brighton and Eastbourne in East Sussex, on the south coast of England. From London take the M23 and exit onto the A27 towards Eastbourne.
By train: The village of Firle is eleven miles from Brighton, four miles after Lewes. The festival is also a few minutes’ walk from Glynde railway station, accessible from London Waterloo.
About Henry Gage
The Firle Beacon event brings together two of founder Henry Gage's life-long passions: car technology and the South Downs National Park. From as far back as he can remember, Henry has been climbing the dramatic beacon at Firle, and enjoying the views out across Firle Place, The South Downs and out to sea. A keen collector of 'soon-to-be classic' cars himself, the possibility of establishing a new hill climb at Firle immediately appealed to Henry and his vision for this event has grown from there.
About the Firle Estate
Firle Place is an outstanding privately owned country house in Sussex that dates from the time of Henry VIII, but which was substantially remodelled during the Georgian period. Firle Place is very much a family home which provides the perfect setting to house an exemplary collection of works of art, fine furniture and porcelain of national significance.
Incorporating several villages and farms spread over rolling hills, the Firle Estate, in the heart of the magnificent South Downs National Park, is just 60 miles from London. Firle illustrates a rare cultural continuity with an unusually intact estate and a thriving rural community. Central to the atmosphere is Firle’s diverse and culturally rich community with many artists, craftsmen and local businesses. As well as magnificent walks, bike rides and country pursuits, the Estate has many places to stay, eat and drink.
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