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Industry-favourite fundraiser Kartfest 2019 raises £28,300

Kartfest 2019's headline sponsor was Chauvet, with further support from Autograph, Creative Technology, The Technical Department, IPS, JPP bars and Heli-Teli as production partners

Antony ‘Turbo’ Hall, Henri Copper and backup’s Jess Allan

Kartfest 2019, the charity fundraiser organised by technology entertainment charity, backup, raised £28,300 this year with 34 teams taking part in the event.

With a diverse mix of manufacturers, rental companies, agencies and end-clients arriving at Daytona at Surrey’s Sandown Park each year, Kartfest has become a popular annual event for the entertainment technology industry.

The 2019 headline sponsor was Chauvet, with further support from Autograph, Creative Technology, The Technical Department, IPS, JPP bars and Heli-Teli as production partners.

“We have really established this day as a date for all of the industry to come together, race, and raise an amazing amount of money for backup and, subsequently, the industry,” said Kartfest organiser and backup trustee, Lee Dennison. “And the support from our sponsor and production partners was, as always, incredible.”

“It was not only a brilliant day of reflection and fundraising for our industry family, but also one of the best industry social events of the year,” confirmed Scott Arnold, group managing director of Autograph Sound Recording.

Falling on July 4, the day included racing, pit stop challenges, BBQ food, beers, comedy from Danny Posthill – one of the comedians who appeared at last year’s Comfest and who is set to re-appear at this year’s show in November – bucking broncos, music and awards.

With the recent passing of industry legend and great friend of the charity, Bryan Leitch, fresh in everyone’s minds, it fell to the Mongol Rally entrants, the Nomadic Numpties duo of Antony ‘Turbo’ Hall and Henri Copper in their rally car, Poppy, to lead off the 34 karts on their warm up lap in tribute to Leitch. Once they left the track, three hours of racing ensued.

“It was the second time we attended Kartfest, but the first time Avolites entered its own official team,” said Avolites sales director, Koy Neminathan. “We decided to remember Bryan by producing ‘Team Bryan’ t-shirts, which our entire team wore. The day was fun-filled and the networking with the other guests was great. We will definitely be there next year.”

Production Park were hailed 2019 Kartfest champions, with Yamaha in second place and SFL in third position. Winner of the fastest lap was DiGiCo’s Tim Shaxson, with Autograph’s Duncan Bell awarded the dubious honour of slowest lap, whilst Britannia Row Productions stole the fastest ever Pit Stop Challenge.

“This year’s Kartfest was another amazing day, made even more so for us at SFL as we won third place,” commented SFL’s managing director, Tom Jeffrey. “It’s always gratifying to see how well the event is supported; it’s incredibly important that we help the people in our industry who need it. backup does just that.”

“With a hugely generous set of donated raffle prizes and silent auction prizes, the final total of £28,300 will go a long way in supporting our family when they need that precious financial support,” added fellow trustee, Paul Robson. “There is no other industry like ours in getting behind people and being there when they are in need.”