Monday, 17 August 2015

Round Our Way - Croft Nostalgia Weekend

The Croft Nostalgia Weekend started a few years back now. Each year it has gone from strength to strength and if this year was anything to go by, it will continue to grow in size and popularity. I'm really lucky to get free tickets each year as my Pops helps to organise it, but even if we had to pay for tickets we would definitely attend this great event.

The event is held at Croft Racing Circuit which might give you a little clue what it's all about, but if you're still wondering it's cars, bikes, aeroplanes, military vehicles, retro stalls, and musical entertainment all rolled into one. The title gives even more of a clue that it's seeped in nostalgia, from the 1940's onwards. Some of the cars are much older than this and there are some beautiful specimens on show. Lots of people dress up, in all eras, and everybody really gets into the spirit of it. Each day over the weekend there is racing, the qualifiers on Saturday and the races on the Sunday. There are also amazing air displays from some very special planes (more on that soon).

You can freely wander around all the areas, seeing the teams getting the cars ready for the big races, be up close and personal with some beautiful machines, you can sometimes even go inside a tank! (SO WANT TO DO THIS!) You can get your hair and make-up done in any era you choose, buy a vintage frock, and rock around eating and drinking whilst admiring the weird and the wonderful. 

Motor sport is in my blood so I love nothing better than a day at the track, hearing the roar of the engines and the delicious fumes floating by. Luckily Dave is also a fan so we always have a fab day, as evidenced by our happy faces...that's almost a smile there from Dave *wink* 

I'm not going to lie, another thing that I really love is eating all the donuts. We were quite restrained this year and only had the two each...

This year was pretty special in lots of ways (the crowd numbers for definite!) but the most amazing thing of all was the flyover from the Vulcan Bomber. It's the last airworthy bomber of its kind to be flying and it's also the final year that it will be flying, and as if that wasn't enough, it was the last chance to see it in the north of England. Needless to say this was a huge draw for the crowds, and there were a lot of people with GIANT camera lenses. My little point and press didn't even do it justice so I sat back in awe as this giant beast with its four Rolls Royce engines went vertical, creating a noise like thunder. Even now just thinking about it, it gives me goose bumps. From our viewing point, on our favourite corner, it felt like you could reach out and touch it. It was truly awesome. 

As the sun beat down on the last races of the day we headed home after yet another great day. We'll be back next year. And we'll be booking our tickets well in advance to avoid the giant queues!

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