Kartfest 2022 – A celebration for the industry and a fantastic fundraiser for Backup
The atmosphere was electric yesterday at Daytona Sandown Park as the industry gathered for the
first Kartfest in three years. With Chauvet once again headline sponsor, Backup was anticipating
the biggest and best Kartfest yet. With more teams and more spectators joining than ever before,
and a grand total of £35K raised, it certainly did not disappoint.
In opening proceedings, Backup trustee Lee Dennison paid tribute to Backup Chair, John Simpson,
who was instrumental in starting the charity and worked tirelessly to ensure it fulfilled its remit and
sadly passed in June, whilst welcoming the 33 teams who were about to take their places on the
starting grid, with the hope of becoming Kartfest 2022 champions.
Adding to the fun, was the first Roadie Games, which started with the Flight Case Team Relay on the
main track, which was almost as fast and furious as the racing itself, closely followed by field events
to test the strength, endurance and industry skills of the teams taking part. Also new this year is
‘KraftFest’, which saw Backup partner, Big Drop Brewing, Signature Brew and Green Room
Distillery’s gin on site with their delicious drinks.
As well as the familiar faces of the industry, including Music Supports Chief Executive,
Eric Mtungwazi, and Backup’s Jess Allan, who highlighted the importance of Backup’s Mental Health
First Aider courses, Kartfest welcomed its future stars, students from Ravensbourne College’s
Creative Capital and Solent University’s Sonar TV societies who filmed the fun and live streamed the
action during the day, so that anyone who couldn’t attend in person could still watch the action.
Freelancer Team ‘Quicker Than a Cam Op to Catering’ was announced Kartfest Champion’s 2022,
with Chauvet in second place and SSL in third. Simon Allan claimed fasted qualifying lap for Team
Christie Lites and the Driving Miss Daisy award went to Sara Ande from team ESG Global.
“It was fantastic to see so many of our friends from the industry at Daytona Sandown Park and to be
able to honour John’s legacy in such spectacular form,” says Backup Vice Chair, Piers Shepperd.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to our headline sponsor, Chauvet, event sponsors Autograph,
Collaborative Creations, LED House, Media Lease, SFL, The Technical Dept, Unusual, the fabulous
‘Adam Fabulous’ for a six hour DJ set, Daytona, Ravensbourne College’s Creative Capital and Solent
University’s Sonar TV societies and the Kraftfest sponsors Big Drop, Green Room Distillery and
Signature Brew, plus all the wonderful volunteers helping out on the day.
Thanks also goes to all the companies generously donating raffle prizes Big Drop, Chauvet, Christie
Lites, Creative Technology, Daytona, Epson, Green Room Distillery, Lightpower Collection, Martin
Professional, Sennheiser and Neumann, Shure, Signature Brew and Yamaha.
“Lastly thank you to all the teams that took part, as well as those spectators who came to cheer on
and enjoy the day,” adds Lee. “The passing of John, our beloved Chairman and Founder, made this
this year’s event a statement in his name and to raise the amount of money we have for the charity
that he was so passionate about is truly wonderful.”
“We’re all acutely aware that although the industry is now back at work the pandemic has left its
footprint on the industry, which makes the work Backup does just as important, if not more so, than
it ever was before. The final total of £35K will go a long way in supporting our amazing family,”
concludes fellow trustee Paul Robson. “John would be proud and grateful to you all.”