Next weekend’s Croft Nostalgia Festival (August 4/5th) is set to be one of the best ever with unique action on land as well as in the air plus a number of sideshows to make the ninth running of the annual event one not to be missed.
Taking centre stage on track over the hectic weekend is the Historic Sports Car Club’s 19-race schedule which will see cars from yesteryear driven in anger including classes for Touring Cars, Formula 3, Formula Ford, 70s Road Sports, Sprite/Midget Challenge, Clubmans, Juniors and the prestigious Guards Trophy.
Up in the skies, the Twister Aerobatic duo will entertain the crowds during the lunchbreak on each day with their aerial ballet combining sweeping close formation loops and barrel rolls with synchronised and opposition aerobatics.
One attraction sure to be popular is the 18-ton M24 Chaffee tank, which saw service towards the end of WW2, and will be giving a demonstration on the infield in between races. TV celebrity and ex-TT racer Guy Martin, who did his ARDS test to obtain his car racing licence at Croft, is planning on attending the Croft Nostalgia Festival and has been offered a drive of the tank, as well the opportunity of taking part in one of the many track demonstrations.
The ubiquitous Ford Escort Mk1 celebrates its 50th anniversary at the meeting with dozens of iconic cars on display whilst in the two wheeled world, local competitor Mike Hawthorne will be promoting his twin-engined classic Vincent, which is in the process of being built, on which he hopes to break the world land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA in the near future.
The age of the steam will be celebrated with a sideshow not to be missed, headed up by the legendary Lightning II owned by Preston’s of Potto. The Burrell traction engine is over 100 years old and was responsible for hauling bricks for the local business during the Suez Crisis in 1957 when the supply of diesel in the UK stopped.
The RAF 100 Display is one of the largest ever constructed, including a full-size Supermarine Spitfire, RAF military vehicles, petrol bowser, bomb trollies with bombs and in addition there will be two static Lancaster heavy bomber engines which will be fired up regularly so something definitely not to be missed.
Other attractions include:
FV436 armoured personnel carrier
25lb Artillery field gun firing regular rounds
MIM-104 Patriot rocket launcher
102 Battalion REME heavy lifting and recovery vehicles
Military living history displays
A realistic WW2 encampment
Over 20 period buses and coaches
Classic and vintage caravans in period livery
Competitions for best dress period costumes for all the family
Stalls of memorabilia and even K&R Vintage will be offering period hairstyles
Live entertainment from 10am in the marquee featuring Colin Bourdiec AKA George Formby, The Daisy Belles and live bands playing music from the 1940s.
The family friendly atmosphere at Croft Circuit allows everyone to get close to the race cars in the paddock area along with the military vehicles and displays which are a must for a photo opportunity. The parade laps of the circuit by classic cars, military vehicles and motorcycles are not to be missed either.
With afternoon teas available and a licenced bar, folks can sit back and soak up the atmosphere whilst immersing themselves in times gone by at the wonderful setting of North Yorkshire’s premier motorsport facility.
There will be trade stalls, food and drink and adult admission in advance is just £12 on Saturday (£15 gate), £17 on Sunday (£20 gate) or a weekend ticket costs £25 (£30 gate). Children aged 15 and under are admitted FREE, there is FREE car parking and FREE paddock access. For further information, please contact Croft Circuit on 01325 721815. Please support your local circuit.