Over 25,000 visitors attended the first ever IGNITION motoring festival at the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) this weekend (5 - 7 August 16) in what was a high octane, high speed, unique showcase of motoring.
For three days, the entire SECC campus was utilised to host the festival including the creation of Glasgow’s first ever specially constructed Street Circuit around the venue’s closure roads and The SSE Hydro.
Iconic rally driver Jimmy McRae christened the circuit in Colin McRae’s original Subaru along with laps from Scotland’s own Formula One star David Coulthard, The Stig and Team Japspeed driver Shane Lynch.
Alongside the high speed racing displays taking place out on the circuit, making use of every aspect of the SECC campus - Hall 3 was transformed into a ‘Live Action Zone’ featuring performances from the Top Gear Live stunt team, led by Paul Swift, with Halls 4 and 5 featuring motoring exhibitions and displays of classic cars, supercars, rally cars and motorcycles - all paying homage to some of the world’s finest motor sporting heroes.
In the Lomond Auditorium an on stage Q&A was held featuring a line-up of top motoring stars, with The Hydro also providing a range of catering options for visitors. Car parks were fully utilised with a special ‘star’ carpark for VIP guests to display their own vehicles, as well the formation of a motorsport autotesting and trial biking area, plus a general paddock and holding area for the racing cars participating.
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “The inaugural IGNITION Festival of Motoring has been a great success for Glasgow and Scotland as a whole, providing a wonderful weekend of fast-paced action and excitement for spectators. With its thrilling programme of motoring displays and performances, and use of state-of-the-art facilities, IGNITION demonstrated just why Scotland is the perfect stage for events.”