Yorkshire Motorsport Festival

The Festival will now run in 2021



Today, Friday 26th June, should have marked the opening day of the inaugural Yorkshire Motorsport Festival. Holmfirth was due to get a major influx of visitors, with the Festival site - just outside of the picturesque Yorkshire town - set to welcome sport and motoring enthusiasts from all over the region - and beyond -  as well as families in search of a great day out.


Obviously, for reasons of which we are all too well aware, the fields designated to house the Festival are going to be quiet this weekend… but, a year from now, this won’t be the case. The Wolfstones Hillclimb course, just outside Holmfirth town, will be resonating with the sound and feel of racing cars at high speed - as part of a wider celebration of the motor vehicle, Yorkshire achievement and the human spirit in general, which is built around the hillclimb and which will be getting into full swing!


Since the necessary rescheduling of the event, the organisers have been extremely busy behind-the-scenes, preparing the way for the Festival to make its debut in 2021.


“We are delighted to re-start the official countdown to the first Yorkshire Motorsport Festival, now set for June 25-27th 2021,” enthuses Yorkshire Motorsport Festival joint-MD, Michael McErlain. “I am pleased that we will have everything we talked about for 2020 - and significantly more - on offer for 2021, so stand by for some major announcements in the near future. 


“In the meanwhile, I would truly like to thank the public who bought tickets, as well as the trade stand-holders & commercial partners we had on board for 2020 and Kirklees Council. Almost without exception, everyone has stuck with us and committed to being on board for 2021 - which is incredibly heartening. We will look to repay them by delivering an event in June next year that will more than justify their faith in us.”   


The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival will host some of the world’s most fabulous machines, both on display and in action, as well as a huge variety of other attractions on its 100-acre site.


The organisers aim to provide something for everyone, to make it a great family outing. The Festival will include a Fun Fair, Live Music Arena, trade stands, feature Villages, fashion shows, cheerleading demonstrations, birds of prey shows, the amazing sheep theatre and more…


The competitive focal point of the Festival is the Wolfstones Speed Hillclimb - Yorkshire’s first closed-road speed event this century. The 0.8-mile Hillclimb course (Start Line view to first corner pictured above) should provide a challenge for close-on a hundred competitors and exciting viewing for spectators, as the cars power through the Holme Valley, an area that this year celebrates a century of hosting this type of motorsport.

On display at the Festival for Petrolheads, will be everything from race & rally cars, through classics & supercars to historic trucks, tractors and plant machinery, as well as street rods, muscle cars. A fantastic selection of exotica is also being assembled for the first ever, Northern Concours d’Elegance - a beauty pageant for cars.


In these tough times, it will also be good news for the local economy, not just because of the influx of visitors but also because the Festival will be looking to recruit locally in both the run-up to the event and during it. There will therefore be some excellent opportunities for people looking for work as the Festival organisation gets into top gear.


The Festival website – www.yorkshiremotorsportfestival.co.uk – and related Facebook and twitter apps will provide more details and news for visitors, participants and businesses.


For further information on the both the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival and the Wolfstones Speed Hillclimb, as well as additional images, please contact Simon Maurice, Festival Press Officer : simon@chicane.marketing

Or telephone: +44 (0) 7771 597961




We truly appreciate the support everyone has shown leading up to our 2020 event. We are pleased to confirm that your tickets will be valid for the running of the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival on June 25-27 2021. Furthermore, as thanks for your loyalty and superb support, we are looking at how we can add value for existing ticket holders as we work towards next year’s Festival. We will update everyone accordingly once these measures are in place. In the meanwhile, thank you again for your fantastic patience and understanding.


Following the directive from Motorsport UK – the governing body for Motor Racing in Great Britain – that all motorsport events are now suspended until at least June 30th, the organisers of the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival and Wolfstones Hillclimb, have announced that the first running of the Festival, which was set to take place on June 26-28 this year, will now be staged over the equivalent weekend next year: June 25th-27th 2021.


“Postponement of the event is not an option,” explains Michael McErlain, Joint MD of the Festival, “as one of our key reasons for the timing of the Festival is that it was planned to coincide with the silage harvesting season in the fields it is set to occupy, in order to avoid unnecessary crop wastage and make it as environmentally friendly as possible.  


“Like myself, the organising team is very disappointed that we will not be able to put on the Festival this year. We had very much hoped, with its timing, that it might have been a celebration for people locally of being able to return to some kind of a more normalised everyday existence.


“However, let’s be clear – this is not the cancellation of the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival, or the Wolfstones Hillclimb. We are already committing to stage both the Festival and the hilllclimb in 2021, and our experience from this year will help us to put on an event that will look very much like we had intended for Year 2: bigger, brighter and a step forward from our original plans for the first year.  


“We are also determined that the Centenary of Speed Hillclimbing in the Holmfirth Area should not go by unnoticed and uncelebrated. It is a really important anniversary both for our region and for motorsport. Therefore, we are already planning something to mark the occasion, which will take place as close to the anniversary date in August as we can possibly make happen. We will release details of this as soon as we are able to.


“I would like to thank all those who committed to be at the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival and Wolfstones Speed Hillclimb. We will be contacting you to talk about this year and the future. We look forward to continuing on with our mission to give Yorkshire an event that is a major focal point for motorsport across the North.”  


Further information on the both the Wolfstones Speed Hillclimb and the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival from Simon Maurice, press officer : simon@chicane.marketing

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The organisers of the Yorkshire Motorsport Festival and Wolfstones Hillclimb are like everyone else,
mindful of Covid-19/Coronavirus and its progress and effects. 
The Festival organisers continue to keep a watching brief on the situation regarding the spread of
the disease and any resultant advice and moves from Government, Local Authorities or Motorsport
UK (the governing body for motorsport in the country). 
As matters stand, the organisers do not plan to cancel the Festival and will continue to work
towards it, until advised not to run the event and/or being prevented from doing so by regulations
from the relevant sanctioning authorities.  

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