North East motor festival roars to a start in Washington

Gary Collin (right), general manager of Nissan Sports, Social and Conference Centre, with Anthony Scott, manager of the Northeast Motor-Fest, alongside his Nissan 200SX Drift car.

Gary Collin (right), general manager of Nissan Sports, Social and Conference Centre, with Anthony Scott, manager of the Northeast Motor-Fest, alongside his Nissan 200SX Drift car.

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DO you feel the need for speed?

Then the Nissan Sports and Social Club is the place for you tomorrow.

The club, next to the car giant’s Sunderland plant, is hosting a live action motor show between 10am and 5pm.

North East Motor Fest will feature demonstrations of drifting and rallycross, as well as monster trucks, autotests, trade stands and even a kids’ zone.

Centre general manager Gary Collin said the summer’s horrendous weather had posed extra challenges for organisers this year.

“The event is always popular, but there has been a big problem,” he said.

“The rain has damaged the road surface where we hold the event.

“We have thousands and thousands of car driving it, then the transporters come in.”

The event looked doubtful, but Nissan bosses were keen to see it go ahead and the arena will be ready for action tomorrow.

Admission to North East Motor Fest is £15 for adults (£7.50 for Nissan staff) and £35 for children. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/Northeastmotorfest.