Knebworth Park, September 1988. For the first time the GTI International festival celebrated all things Volkswagen and, in particular, the iconic Golf GTI.
Fast forward 30 years and this weekend, 3-4 June, GTI International is moving to a new home at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire. Affectionately known as ‘Inters’, GTI International comprises a dynamic line-up of activities and events that offer something for everyone – from families to confirmed Volkswagen enthusiasts.
Tonight (Friday 2 June) a DJ will entertain the event’s camping visitors, and the live music continues on Saturday night. During the day the Show ‘n’ Shine area will be packed with some of the most pristine examples of Volkswagen cars on display anywhere. Judging will take place across a variety of categories that cater for numerous Volkswagen models, including the Polo, Scirocco and Beetle.
Adjacent to the Show ‘n’ Shine area is the Drag Strip, which will feature quick cars and determined drivers. Called ‘The Sprint’, it allows drivers to test their car’s 0-60 mph time on the one-eighth mile stretch of tarmac, and any road-going or race car can take part.
Rockingham Motor Speedway is Britain’s only oval circuit but it also includes a twisting interior section of track, known as the Rockingham National circuit. This will be open to everyone on Saturday and Sunday, and offers the chance for drivers to put their car through its paces on the track. This will be managed as a regular track day and drivers and passengers will need to attend one of the safety briefings that will run through the day. They must also wear a crash helmet, which can be hired.
Some of Britain’s most skilled professional drivers will be displaying their talents at Rockingham. On Saturday Terry Grant will thrill the crowds with his unique display, while Paul Swift will follow him with his jaw-dropping endeavours on Sunday.
Exhibitors have filled the dedicated Trade Area that can be found in the pit garages of the circuit, as well as the large paddock area at the venue.
Gates open at 3pm today (Friday 2 June) and at 8am on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets will be available on the gate or can be purchased in advance at wwwgtiinternational.co.uk or by calling 01525 750 501.