Living up to its status as one of the standout events on the north-east motor sport and social calendars, the 2016 edition of Croft Nostalgia Festival (6-7 August) will serve up an irresistible cocktail of jiving and driving – with a flash of military magic thrown in as the cherry on top.
Now firmly established as one of Britain’s most popular retro-themed events, the family-friendly Croft Nostalgia Festival is heading into its seventh year and promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with the return of some old favourites and the introduction of a number of unmissable new attractions.
As one of the country’s premier racing circuits, Croft always generates exhilarating entertainment and this summer, a bumper bill of high-octane action is guaranteed, from crowd-pleasing historic touring cars to sensational sixties single-seaters and some of the world’s most spectacular sportscars from yesteryear.
Away from the track, the fun doesn’t stop. Living history encampments vie for attention with iconic classic cars, evocative wartime machinery and barnstorming aerial flypasts. After last year’s very special appearance from the legendary Vulcan Bomber – which passed over Croft as part of its farewell tour – another mesmerising display is firmly in the offing 12 months on.
Spectators are encouraged to enter into the spirit of the occasion by donning period costume – with the incentive of prizes for the best-dressed – and getting up close and personal with the hundreds of period vehicles and static aircraft scattered throughout the paddock.
Trade stalls will offer everything from vintage clothing and military kit to fashion accessories and hairstyle makeovers, whilst cream teas and a Pimms bar will ensure nobody goes hungry or thirsty.
Under the tent, meanwhile, Colin Bourdiec – AKA George Formby – will serenade dancers with unmistakable tunes and a 1940s World War Two ENSA routine, supported by a live performance from harmony trio The Daisy Belles. And that, surely, is music to anybody’s ears.
“Although it’s still six months away, preparations are firmly in the fast lane for this summer’s Croft Nostalgia Festival,” remarked Croft Circuit Manager Mike Cantelo. “We’ve got a lot to live up to after last year’s success, but we have already made a number of exciting bookings and there’s plenty more in the pipeline yet, so stay tuned!
“It’s a fabulous family weekend jam-packed with things to see and do both on and off the track and a genuine blast from the past. In today’s hectic world, Croft Nostalgia Festival harks back to simpler, more carefree days – and I think we could all do with a dose of that kind of medicine every once in a while!”
Advance tickets begin at just £10, with weekend passes available for £23 and accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted free-of-charge. For further information or to purchase tickets, see www.croftcircuit.co.uk/racing/nostalgia or call 01325 721815.
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