Croft Nostalgia Weekend wins lavish praise from AC/DC star

Nostalgia Weekend at Croft Circuit with racing and period vehicles display. Brian Johnson of AC/DC in his Mini Cooper S during qualifying rounds Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Nostalgia Weekend at Croft Circuit with racing and period vehicles on display. AC/DC's Brian Johnson in his racing mini in the pitlane Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

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A POPULAR nostalgia weekend has been hailed a success after a strong turnout this weekend, as the event won firm praise from rock legend Brian Johnson.

The two day Croft Nostalgia Weekend saw the circuit, near Darlington, filled with the sights and sounds of vehicles, fashion and music from the 20th Century.

Among the 200 drivers taking part in was AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, who scored two top ten finishes in his 1964 Mini Cooper, sitting eighth in the overall standings and first in his class.

He said: “I absolutely loved the Croft Nostalgia Weekend.

“I just wish it had gone on for longer. I think I got to drive in pretty much all conditions, from blazing sunshine to rain of near-biblical proportions. It’s a tricky, fast and fabulous circuit and I’m still learning it now. I’m pleased as punch to have come away with a trophy too.

“The racing was fantastic. I think the drivers here must get fed on raw meat before they go out – they certainly don’t go easy on newcomers. I saw some of the best driving I’ve ever seen.

“The camaraderie is superb, there’s a great atmosphere and the effort that goes into putting it all together is phenomenal. I’m a military history buff myself, so to see all the army vehicles and policemen in military uniform was absolutely awesome. Now I just hope I can come back next year.”

The nostalgia event combines the historic racing world with vintage displays, including classic cars and buses, aerial acrobatics and a through the decades fashion show.

Darlington’s Jennifer Wiper was crowned Best Dressed Lady at the event for her vintage attire.

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5:57pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ianh says...

Well done to all at croft for putting on such a great meeting.
I was there on sunday and the crowds were much bigger than previous years.

my only gripe was the lack of recognition of motorcyles generally...bike racing has played a big part in croft circuits history bu there was no hardstanding for visiting bikes and only a few bikes in a parade - no racing at all.
Hope this can be sorted for an even better event in 2015.
Well done to all at croft for putting on such a great meeting. I was there on sunday and the crowds were much bigger than previous years. my only gripe was the lack of recognition of motorcyles generally...bike racing has played a big part in croft circuits history bu there was no hardstanding for visiting bikes and only a few bikes in a parade - no racing at all. Hope this can be sorted for an even better event in 2015. ianh
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6:19pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Chocmonster7 says...

The on track action is run by the Historic Sports Car Club (hscc) which don't have a section for motorcycles. So while they can have bikes on display at the meeting you won't be seeing any on track racing.
The on track action is run by the Historic Sports Car Club (hscc) which don't have a section for motorcycles. So while they can have bikes on display at the meeting you won't be seeing any on track racing. Chocmonster7
  • Score: 3

8:54pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Jonn says...

ianh wrote:
Well done to all at croft for putting on such a great meeting.
I was there on sunday and the crowds were much bigger than previous years.

my only gripe was the lack of recognition of motorcyles generally...bike racing has played a big part in croft circuits history bu there was no hardstanding for visiting bikes and only a few bikes in a parade - no racing at all.
Hope this can be sorted for an even better event in 2015.
No bikes racing on the track but plenty of bikers racing on the public roads around that area over the weekend, I was doing the national limit and still overtaken by many.
[quote][p][bold]ianh[/bold] wrote: Well done to all at croft for putting on such a great meeting. I was there on sunday and the crowds were much bigger than previous years. my only gripe was the lack of recognition of motorcyles generally...bike racing has played a big part in croft circuits history bu there was no hardstanding for visiting bikes and only a few bikes in a parade - no racing at all. Hope this can be sorted for an even better event in 2015.[/p][/quote]No bikes racing on the track but plenty of bikers racing on the public roads around that area over the weekend, I was doing the national limit and still overtaken by many. Jonn
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5:04pm Tue 5 Aug 14

ianh says...

Chocmonster7 wrote:
The on track action is run by the Historic Sports Car Club (hscc) which don't have a section for motorcycles. So while they can have bikes on display at the meeting you won't be seeing any on track racing.
I appreciate that HSCC run the racing, but still a shame that they cant perhaps coordinate with the NEMRC who had a presence there and did the bike parade.
As a say, i dont wish to be critical of such an excellent event, it would just be nice to broaden the interest a little, especially given the long history of bike racing at croft.
[quote][p][bold]Chocmonster7[/bold] wrote: The on track action is run by the Historic Sports Car Club (hscc) which don't have a section for motorcycles. So while they can have bikes on display at the meeting you won't be seeing any on track racing.[/p][/quote]I appreciate that HSCC run the racing, but still a shame that they cant perhaps coordinate with the NEMRC who had a presence there and did the bike parade. As a say, i dont wish to be critical of such an excellent event, it would just be nice to broaden the interest a little, especially given the long history of bike racing at croft. ianh
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