Bumper crowds step back in time at Croft Nostalgia Festival

07 Aug 17

Croft Circuit welcomed a bumper crowd to North Yorkshire this past weekend (5/6 August) for one of its marque events of the year, Croft Nostalgia Festival.

Blending top-class retro racing from the Historic Sports Car Club, displays from the foremost classic car collectives, military parades, aerobatics and a 1940s-1970s theme with music and fashion, there was something for everyone that attended to enjoy.

In the skies, the Twister Aerobatics Team dazzled with their jaw-dropping precision whilst the Bristol Hercules 14-cylinder World War Two aircraft engine continued to draw crowds with its hourly start-up displays on the ground.

Not only was that familiar sound heard on the ground at Croft, but there was also a recongnsible roar back in the skies too. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s centrepiece – the Avro Lancaster – drew all eyes skyward as it banked and rolled over what would have once been home to such aircraft back in the Second World War.

Entertainment was provided in the central marquee as The Daisy Belles performed alongside Frank Sinatra (Jack Randle) and George Formby (Colin Bourdiec) in-front of crowds dressed in their best vintage clothing.

On track, the HSCC provided spectacular racing throughout the weekend with wheel-to-wheel thrills being provided from the likes of Spridgets, Clubmans, Historic Touring Cars, Historic Formula 3 and much more.

It wasn’t just racing cars that took the track on Sunday either, with five track parades being staged showcasing everything from a staggering array of military machines to classic cars and vintage motorcycles.

“It’s been a super weekend at Croft Nostalgia Festival,” said Circuit Manager Cat Lund. “I’d like to pass my thanks on to all of those involved in making it such a success, and to all of the thousands of spectators we welcomed through the gates here at Croft.

“We’ve had some of the best historic racing around on-track but off-track is where the Festival really shines and once again there was so much to see and do for families and people of all ages.

“The event really has come into its own as the years pass, and it continues to grow. Even with the success of this year’s Festival, we’ve a real desire to push things to a higher level for 2018 and some exciting plans are in the pipeline to make next year’s Croft Nostalgia Festival even bigger and even better.”