Spectacular shows in the skies to complement on-track thrills n’ spillsBlast from the past with World War Two-style weaponry displayPitts Special, Yak-52, Jet Provost and Chaffee and Sherman Tanks amongst the attention-grabbers
The high-octane action on the racetrack will be matched by spectacular displays in the skies and wartime encampments on the ground at Croft Circuit this weekend (2-3 August) – as the North Yorkshire venue’s fifth annual Nostalgia Weekend gets set to fire into life with a bang.The military and aviation elements of the retro-flavoured Nostalgia Weekend are a major factor in the mid-summer race meeting’s enduring and burgeoning popularity – making it a festival for all the family as they perfectly complement the enthralling on-track heroics, classic car and motorcycle collections, fashion shows and vintage music.In this year’s edition, the stars of the sky will be a Pitts Special that first took to the air in 1944 – to be flown at Croft by a fighter pilot from nearby RAF Leeming – a 1950s-era Jet Provost and a Yak-52. The Pitts Special will perform aerial displays during the lunch break on both days, with the Jet Provost joining it on Saturday and the Yak-52 on Sunday.On the ground, meanwhile, a Chaffee Tank and Sherman Tank – both synonymous with World War Two – will headline a vast array of military vehicles from jeeps to weapon-carriers and para bikes. The tanks and a 25lb field gun will stage a thunderous firing display during the Sunday lunch break, helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of motor racing at Croft in fitting style.“Whilst Croft is obviously most well-known for its wheel-to-wheel racing and fast cars, the off-track features of the Nostalgia Weekend are every bit as integral to the event’s success,” explained circuit manager Mike Cantelo. “Spectators will be wowed by the vintage aircraft and military vehicles on show over the weekend, and the air displays are sure to grab the attention and leave a lasting impression, too.“It’s a cliché to say it, but this year’s Nostalgia Weekend really is shaping up to be the best yet – it offers an irresistible blend of family-friendly entertainment that appeals to petrolheads and non-petrolheads alike. Ultimately, it’s jam-packed full of good, old-fashioned fun – and I really can’t think of many better ways to spend a summer weekend!”Tickets for Croft’s Nostalgia Weekend cost just £13 for Saturday entry, £18 for Sunday or £23 for a weekend pass and can be purchased on the gate. Accompanied children aged 15 and under go free.