Celebrity chef James Martin redefines fast food as he debuts at Croft Nostalgia Weekend

James Martin with his Mini at Croft

James Martin with his Mini at Croft

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Darlington reporter

RACING is underway at one of the biggest vintage car meetings in the region. Celebrity chef James Martin is among the 223 competitors at the Croft Nostalgia Meeting this weekend, racing in a 1960s Mini.

The event continues tomorrow, with a huge range of Second World War aircraft, military vehicles and hundreds of classic and vintage vehicles.

Thousands of people are expected to attend across the weekend, which includes air displays by a Battle of Britain Memorial Spitfire and a Jet Provost and Isaacs/Hawker Fury stunt bi-plane tomorrow.

Martin is driving a 1963 Austin Cooper S in the historic touring car race, which takes place later today at 4.50pm.

He has qualified 13th fastest out of 22 drivers and also second fastest in his class, just 0.3 seconds away from the fastest in class.

He said: "I've not been to this event or driven at Croft before but it's a bit of a Northern Goodwood. There are already quite a lot of people and the event seems to have a great atmosphere and I'm having great fun driving the circuit as well."

Admission to the event costs £20 tomorrow, with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted free. For more information, visit croftcircuit.co.uk or call Croft Circuit on 01325-721815.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:06am Sun 5 Aug 12

Hunty1 says...

£20 to get in, should be 1940's prices, they'd get more people in, don't the organisers realise its school holidays and a lot of people can't afford £20. Plus the exhibitors would benefit from more people spending with them!
£20 to get in, should be 1940's prices, they'd get more people in, don't the organisers realise its school holidays and a lot of people can't afford £20. Plus the exhibitors would benefit from more people spending with them! Hunty1
  • Score: 0

3:58pm Sun 5 Aug 12

jane1.r says...

The kids are free though, so it balances out! Considering you can be there all day, as we were yesterday, I think it's good value. It costs not much less to take kids to Raby castle!
The kids are free though, so it balances out! Considering you can be there all day, as we were yesterday, I think it's good value. It costs not much less to take kids to Raby castle! jane1.r
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree