A record entry of show-stopping sportscars, super saloons and spectacular single-seaters will tear up the track at Croft Nostalgia Festival this weekend (6/7 August), as almost 240 beautifully-preserved historic racing cars go wheel-to-wheel around the north-east’s premier circuit.
Now in its seventh successive year, the 2016 edition of Croft Nostalgia Festival will bring together some 239 retro racers – almost a 25 per cent increase year-on-year – ensuring a jam-packed bill of high-octane action from lights-out to chequered flag, perfectly complementing the 1940s-‘70s-themed atmosphere in the paddock with its family-friendly blend of classic cars, vintage music and fashion, military displays and period entertainment.
There are no fewer than nine different classes of racing and more than 20 races, from ‘70s Road Sports to Historic Formula 3, Historic Touring Cars, the ever-popular Guards Trophy, Historic Formula Ford, Historic Formula Ford 2000, Classic Clubmans, Midgets & Sprites and Historic Formula Junior.
Some classes comprise more than 40 entries, with a gaggle of local drivers taking to the grid for good measure. And as for the cars, let us whet the appetite. Flame-spitting Mustangs – the archetypal American muscle car – will go doorhandle-to-doorhandle with mighty Minis in a battle of grunt versus guile, whilst a Swedish Saab 96 will attempt to see off a host of Ford’s finest Lotus Cortinas.
Not forgetting, of course, Lancias and Lotuses, Triumphs and TVRs and a plethora of Porsches from the iconic 911 to the timeless 924 – there really is a mouth-watering collection of classics ready to renew battle at Croft Nostalgia Festival.
“Just glancing at the entry list for this year’s Croft Nostalgia Festival is enough to set the heart racing,” enthused circuit manager Mike Cantelo. “These are some of the most evocative cars on the planet and the kind many of us grew up dreaming about – so to see them back out on-track again, in all their former glory, sends shivers down the spine. As sporting spectacles, they really don’t come much better than this!”
Tickets are available on the gate priced at just £13 for Saturday, 6 August and £18 for Sunday, 7 August, with weekend passes a steal at only £26. Accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted free of charge. Gates open at 08:30 on both days, and wall-to-wall summer sunshine is firmly in forecast.
For further information on the event, visit http://www.croftcircuit.co.uk/racing/nostalgia or call 01325 721815.
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