Q&A: Malcolm Neill

Obviously the main attraction is the motorsport, beyond that we try to bring in new and exciting activities wherever possible. Spectators can visit our exhibitors and traders, have a good up close look round the service park and have a look round the car club cars. We try to promote the family aspect; children are free in to the event and we have loads for them to do. This year we've got an interactive circus, quad bikes, a fairground, and bouncy castles. For the adults, you can try your hand at driving a sporting trials car, this has become really popular over the last couple of years. We are blessed to hold our event at one of the finest stately homes in England, it adds such an amazing dimension to the show.

Steve Perez has become a familiar figure in previous shows, will he be back again this year?

Our sponsors, Kick Energy, have really taken things to a new level with their involvement this year. Obviously the man behind the company, Steve Perez, will feature on-and-off the stage. Expect to see a flurry of his wonderful cars flying around! But beyond that they're providing a band stage, where local bands will be performing for the crowds all day, this being mixed with interviews from the rally stars at the show should be quite a hive of activity. They have also set up the Kick Energy Zone where you can come and play computer games. The main part of the zone is an attempt at the world record for the furthest remote controlled car jump... I can't wait to see if they break it!

What are you looking forward to most at this year's show?

Horsepower. We have focussed on attracting really spectacular cars. As well as bringing the crowd pleasing Group N and WRC Cars to Chatsworth, we have also sourced a number of other awesome breeds of car for this year. Whilst the M Sport car and drivers are at the top of the bill we have Ferrari, Aston Martin, a bevy of Quattros, Mick Strafford's amazing Firenza Canam all of which are a demonstration of 'power against road-holding'. We are celebrating 30 years of the Quattro and my first memory of one of these cars was something I will never forget – all of a sudden rallying had moved into a new era that in many ways was the peak of the sport as most of my generation may remember.

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