In this 3 part series celebrating IronFest 2018, we take the Jaguar E-Pace across the Blue Mountains to a tiny town called Lithgow just beyond.

What started as a small street fete with metal workers a decade ago, Ironfest is now a feast of arts, crafts, and reenactments.

There are handsome knights, dashing SteamPunks, literary characters, and fantasy gamers of all shapes and sizes. They’re interspersed with working military vehicles lovingly restored and manned by an army of volunteers.

The festival ran the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of April 2018, and is around this time every year. How does a small town like Lithgow take to hoards and riff-raff? Very well as it turns out.

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Money is pumped in to the local economy. Tickets for an adult day pass is around $46 but worth every cent. Student and family passes also available, but you’ll have to wait for next year.

In part 1, we show you the people and the costumes. There aren’t a lot of WWII uniform shops about the place, and nary chance of a medieval village being around the corner, so most of what you see is hand made. The rest is army surplus for a touch of verisimilitude.

SteamPunks went out of their way to dress to impress and were strangle sexy in the right light.

There was a real Australian Defence Force Band.

In Part 2, steam and military vehicles do a quick drive-by, followed by a slap-up battle. Unusually, knights, Scots, and WWII soldiers were on the same battle field. Mel Gibson would be proud.

In part 3, Handsome knights battled in a real joust. Ask yourself how many times in your life will you ever get to see knights on horseback with big manly lances in their hands?

You have to wait for the review of the E-Pace, but until then, take a look at what Australia does when it is having fun.