Croft Circuit Revs Up For Blast To The Past

by Joe Hudson
All sorts of historic machinery will be on display at the event (Credit: Croft Circuit)

North Yorkshire’s premier race circuit – Croft – is preparing to host one of the North’s biggest historic racing festivals on August 3/4.

Now into it’s fourth year of running, the “mini Goodwood Revival” is one of the biggest events at the Circuit – only the BTCC gets more spectators – and it’s 2013 running will see more events on and off track than ever before.

Featuring 20 races and more than 200 entries – track action is set to wow the crowds all day and TV chef James Martin is to provide some modern celebrity glamour in contrast to the musical tributes from the era including Vera Lynn and George Formby.

Martin, a regular historic racer, is to take up the challenge in Historic Touring Cars in a Mini Cooper hoping for a class victory at the very least.

Interspersed within Sunday’s nine races will be track parades for cars that are too rare to be racing – more than 600 in total – which will be spread round the viewing banks when not lapping Croft.

Also present in the paddock will be plenty of WW2 re-enactments giving visitors a chance to look at the transport that took valiant troops and much needed supplies to the battlefield.

However, it isn’t just on the ground that the action is focussed on – Jet Provosts and other classic aircraft will be wowing the assembled masses with aerobatics, proving anyone attending won’t have the opportunity to go bored!

Croft Circuit Manager Tracey Morley commented: “The historic scene continues to boom and our Nostalgia weekend is all about recreating sights, sounds and smells from a number of much loved eras. Our on-track activity is one highlight but probably 60 per cent of the event is about what’s also happening in our grounds with some incredible displays and rare finds.”

For those living in the local area, vintage buses will transport spectators to and from the circuit to Darlington for free with an event ticket.

Tickets for the weekend cost adults £10 on Saturday and £13 on Sunday, under 15s go free for the entire weekend. For more information go to

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