Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will make a unique high-speed contribution to the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the island’s Independence at the wheel of his Formula 1 car during the inaugural Barbados Festival of Speed at Bushy Park (May 7/8). Falling almost two years to the day since Top Gear Festival Barbados launched the redeveloped facility to a worldwide audience, Barbados Festival of Speed will open another new chapter in the venue’s history.

The nine-hour programme will be packed with a broad cross-section of motoring and motor sport action on two and four wheels, including British Superbike and Micro Banger Champions from the UK, Monster Truck and Stunt Bike stars from the USA, along with local and regional content, including the Suzuki Challenge Series Swift Cup and SR3 Cup.

The family friendly day will also include music from the Barbados Defence Force Band, a lunchtime show featuring Rupee, a parade of classic cars and other activities that will give this new event on the annual motoring calendar a very specific Caribbean twist.

Hamilton will make an almost 10,000-mile round trip to the island between rounds four and five of his 2016 F1 campaign. On the previous Sunday, he will be aiming for a hat-trick of wins in the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, while the following weekend, he will be hoping to repeat his 2014 win in the Spanish GP at Barcelona, which was achieved just one week before his debut at Bushy Park. A Barbados Festival of Speed Gala Dinner with Lewis Hamilton will also be part of the weekend’s agenda.

The gates will open at 8.00am on Sunday, while the Opening Show starts an hour later. From 9.00am to 6.00pm, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to the almost non-stop action on the track, the Festival Village will be in full swing, with booths, displays and the best of West Indian food and refreshments.

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