Chris Evans crashes into This Morning studios to celebrate CarFest

Virgin Radio

15 Apr 2024, 14:39

Chris Evans smiling on the This Morning sofa and driving a Porsche into the studio

Credit: Rex

Chris Evans figuratively (and almost literally!) crashed into the This Morning studio today (15th April) to talk all things CarFest.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar host drove his way into the ITV daytime show’s Television Centre studio in London in a 1973 Porsche Carrera, even leaving skid-marks on the studio floor to prove it!

“Cars on telly and me, it’s not gone well so far!” the former Top Gear host quickly joked after admitting he had been as nervous as This Morning hosts Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard were about his drive into the studio.

During the show, Chris joined Cat and Ben on the This Morning sofa to talk CarFest, advertising how this year’s festival (its 22nd overall) will feature performances from 27 bands as well as much much more.

Asked what the secret is to getting CarFest so enjoyable, the former TFI Friday presenter said jokingly: “You just get really good people to not sleep for a year, who are good at their jobs, and then take all the credit!”

However, he later explained the real secret of CarFest’s success was realising - following some advice from Glastonbury’s Emma Eavis - that the hard work (from everyone) should all be put in before the festival begins, and then the festival itself should be allowed to go on without too much stress behind the scenes.

“You sow all the seeds, and you water the seeds the whole year, and then the weekend you just leave it,” Chris said Emily once told him. “Ever since I’ve done that, it’s been better,” he added.

From the festival's crazy beginnings in Richard and Judy’s back garden, of all places, Chris expressed how he is “so grateful” for how far the August bank holiday weekend event has come over the years.

The Virgin Radio breakfast host explained how to begin with he focused on selling the festival’s car-related events in order to sell tickets to car-obsessed individuals and their families, but now the festival is “about 20% cars and about 80% everything else.”

“I wanted to do a family festival, FamilyFest, but that was too worthy for its own good,” he explained to Ben and Cat. “But that’s what this has now become.”

CarFest is “seven festivals in one” with StarFest, SpaFest, AdventureFest, KidsFest, FoodFest, RetroFest, and the CarFest music festival all taking place during the day. 

The charity funding festival has raised around £25 million so far, which as Chris reveals “works out at around £1 million per festival.”

CarFest takes place from Friday 23rd August until Sunday 25th August 2024 at Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire.