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CROFT ‘RETRO & CLASSIC’ WEEKEND (HSCC)
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2 Aug 2019 to 4 Aug 2019 07:30 to 18:00
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Location: Croft Circuit Nr Darlington

Formally and simply ‘Croft Nostalgia’. The HSCC annual visit to Croft. Expect military display, planes and lots of classic cars. Edit- no mention of military displays yet.... https://www.croftcircuit.co.uk/racing/retroweekend

To include Jaguar Classic Challenge 60 min race.
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Old 4 Aug 2019, 08:34 (Ref:3921096)   #16
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Whatever genius that thought it a good idea to stage a 60 minute Jaguar race for just half a dozen cars , really does need to think again . Those of who had not left already were still weeping with boredom by the time the last two races were staged . Compared to every previous Nostalgia meeting(to which this is equivalent ) this feels flat and really rather dull. Good on the folk who have turned up to race , especially the good number of FF2000s , but it's a meeting defined by absences, with some very thin grids .
Sums up my fears for this meeting I'm afraid. First one I've missed and being local feel a bit 'guilty' about that but I thought last year was a bit flat and decided to give this year a miss.
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Enjoyed Sunday at Croft, great weather and classic car & motor bike displays added to enjoyment. Saw most of the races, avoiding some which were low on numbers or I thought could be processional. Highlight was the 70s Road Sports which had battles throughout the field. Historic Road Sports also very good.

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Great pics Malcolm, thanks for sharing them!

Question- did the 911 get though the gravel and rejoin?
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Well my mates and I went and had a great time.
Canny people, Sunny weather and an great (Resurfaced) track.
Pint of Lager, 1 Gin and Tonic and a Whisky and Coke £9.00 the lot.
Big grids don`t necessarily mean great entertainment. Smallest grid of the meeting, The Jaguar Classic Challenge was one of the most entertaining, the three leading cars rarely more than a cars length apart. Dave Coyne s drive in a Class F car was heartstopping. I know it was my car and my heart!!
It does the meeting no service at all if you feel qualified to condemn it simply because a lot of the racing fraternity are unable to drive 3 hours north up the M1.
Let me assure you they missed a great event
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Great pics Malcolm, thanks for sharing them!

Question- did the 911 get though the gravel and rejoin?

Yes, the 911 recovered well and finished in 6th place.
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Sums up my fears for this meeting I'm afraid. First one I've missed and being local feel a bit 'guilty' about that but I thought last year was a bit flat and decided to give this year a miss.

Yes, not quite the same buzz as some previous years. Unlike previous years there seemed to be far more spectators on Saturday than Sunday, perhaps because the weather forecast for Saturday was better although both days turned out to be warm and pleasant. There seemed to be less infield activity/car clubs than previous years. I wonder if the change of name from 'Nostalgia' had some effect.


The Formula Fords (14 cars) and Historic Touring Cars were disappointingly sparse (and, unsurprisingly, the Jag race) but both had entertaining scraps down the field. The first FF race had several lead changes in the last couple of laps and the HTCs had close races for the lead and three cars scrapping for last place in both their races. The HTCs had only 10 cars for qualifying but all ten started and finished both races - reliability at least!
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Well I enjoyed both my races.

Its a great little event with lots to see and do and some good racing to boot. No silly entrance prices and on site catering etc all good quality. Historic racing bikes, military displays, classic cars and Good historic racing... I think there is just a mentality by a lot of the racing fraternity that the world stops at Silverstone....

Racers who have never visited croft, Cadwell, Anglesey are generally missing the best circuits in the country... You would think all the shandy drinkers would welcome the escape from the M25 circus!! Big thanks from me to the HSCC and HRS guys who continue to support this little gem of an event.... the atmosphere is very good and the weather held up.
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Well my mates and I went and had a great time.
Canny people, Sunny weather and an great (Resurfaced) track.
Pint of Lager, 1 Gin and Tonic and a Whisky and Coke £9.00 the lot.
Big grids don`t necessarily mean great entertainment. Smallest grid of the meeting, The Jaguar Classic Challenge was one of the most entertaining, the three leading cars rarely more than a cars length apart. Dave Coyne s drive in a Class F car was heartstopping. I know it was my car and my heart!!
It does the meeting no service at all if you feel qualified to condemn it simply because a lot of the racing fraternity are unable to drive 3 hours north up the M1.
Let me assure you they missed a great event
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You would think all the shandy drinkers would welcome the escape from the M25 circus!!
Speaking as one of the "M25 Circus" (Junction 11 - Chertsey). We've had a couple of great weekends. Superb weather at Anglesey and good weather at Croft.

Oulton is a bit less attractive for us as (being the last race on Monday) we have to endure the journey home on the M6 on a Bank Holiday. However, we've still got the best entry of the meeting there, as we had at Anglesey and Croft. I get a lot more whinges from drivers from the North West about travelling to Brands than I do from drivers in the South travelling back from Oulton on a Bank Holiday.

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Speaking as one of the "M25 Circus" (Junction 11 - Chertsey). We've had a couple of great weekends. Superb weather at Anglesey and good weather at Croft.

Oulton is a bit less attractive for us as (being the last race on Monday) we have to endure the journey home on the M6 on a Bank Holiday. However, we've still got the best entry of the meeting there, as we had at Anglesey and Croft. I get a lot more whinges from drivers from the North West about travelling to Brands than I do from drivers in the South travelling back from Oulton on a Bank Holiday.

Just saying

Visually the best bet after Oulton would be to try to secure a test day at Anglesey on the Tuesday and enjoy that before heading south (or wherever) once again. Much of Cheshire and a lot of North Wales to enjoy whilst in the vicinity and give the traffic a chance to sort itself out after whatever the BH weekend throws at it.


I canp;t think of a better way to start the Autumn (always assuming the weather plays ball.)
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