Le Mans cars, rally cars, super cars, vintage and classic vehicles will all be heading to Bournemouth for part of this year’s Wheels Festival.

A staggering 500,000 people visited the town for the first event last year, and organisers are hoping the 2015 festival, which runs from May 29 to 31, will be bigger and better.

There is set to be a packed programme of breathtaking stunts and displays, featuring daredevil motocross, BMX and skateboard teams, as well as F1 and precision drivers.

This year organisers have announced that one of the highlights of the first event, the monster truck arena, will be doubled in size, giving fans more chances to watch car crushing and power demonstrations and the opportunity to take a ride themselves. The event will be split into six zones, including military vehicles, desert driving and stunt arenas and the clifftop demonstration straight.

New for this year is a pop-up arena on the East Overcliff demonstration straight, where thrill-seekers can watch adrenalinfuelled quad bike, freewheel and precision driving stunt shows.

“We have found that there is nowhere quite like Bournemouth,” said Richard Grafton from Historic Promotions, which works together with Bournemouth Tourism and other partners to stage the largely free event, which is backed by our sister publication the Daily Echo.

“What we’re trying to do is bring a host of worldclass cars to the event. The difference with this event is that you are closer to the action than any other event featuring F1 cars, you get to talk to the drivers and share the experience.”

Other highlights include families draping themselves and their bikes with brightly coloured lights or glow-in-the-dark accessories for the Big Community Bike Night Glow on Friday, May 29, stunt driver Paul Smith attempting to drive the whole of East Overcliff Drive on two wheels and Team Extreme, who are returning to display bike and BMX tricks. On the seafront there will be stalls, a funfair and a live music stage between the piers.

“It was such a brilliant event and people loved the supercars, which I was personally involved with,” said Lorina McLaughlin, one of the UK’s most successful female drivers. Everyone loves Bournemouth with its beautiful beaches and hotels and what I have found is that a lot of people who came to the Wheels Festival last year are coming back to the area for a weekend again.”

A shuttle bus service will run between Hot Rocks cafe by Bournemouth Pier Approach to Boscombe Pier to transport visitors during the three-day festival.

To find out more about the event, visit www.bournemouthwheels.co.uk