Next weekend (August 25/26th) sees competitors on two, three and four wheels converge on Croft Circuit for the traditional Battle of Britain race meeting organised once again under the expertise of Darlington & District Motor Club.
The meeting is unique in as much that it runs cars, bikes and sidecars at the same meeting and what’s more, there is still time for competitors to enter and get the chance to race at North Yorkshire’s premier motorsport venue which only a couple of months ago, hosted the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The bike classes, run by the Auto 66 Club as part of their club championships, include Ultra Lightweight (up to 125cc non GP & Classic 125GP), Lightweight (up to 500cc including 125cc/250cc GP & 251cc to 500cc), 450-650cc Super Lightweight (Supertwin & Minitwin), Junior 600cc, Senior 701cc to 1300cc, Classic Superbike, Count of Cadwell (Solo Open 175cc to 1300cc), Open Sidecars, ACU/FSRA British F2 Sidecar Championship and Ducati Cup.
The popular Northern Sports & Saloon Car Championship will see full grids over three races in the various classes, culminating with a scratch race for the prestigious Battle of Britain Trophy meaning an action-packed weekend.
Regulations and entry forms for cars and bikes are on the D&DMC website www.darlington-motor-club.org.uk and any remaining competitors can book and pay directly by contacting Lesley Starkey via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having originally been staged at the track near Darlington when it opened its doors as Croft Autodrome back in 1964, and in deference to Croft’s aerodrome roots and its role as the most northerly Bomber Base in the UK during the Second World War, under the command of the Royal Canadian Air Force, for many years, the traditional August Bank Holiday highlight, was the Battle of Britain race meeting which regularly drew crowds of up to 30,000 who were wowed by the on-track action and captivating aerial displays from the spectacular Red Arrows and a thunderous Lancaster Bomber.
The event raised substantial funds for charity and local heroes always featured prominently, including motorcycling ace Ken Redfern, car racing front-runners Andy Barton and Ron Harper and sidecar stars Matt Hobson and Colin Appleyard. What’s more, the meeting became so well established on the annual motor sport calendar that by the 1970s it was attracting sponsorship from global oil giant Texaco and drivers of the calibre of legendary world champions James Hunt and Barry Sheene as well as multiple grand prix-winner Patrick Tambay to perform demonstration runs and present trophies.
The action gets underway at 9.30am on Saturday and from 12.00 noon on Sunday. Adult admission is just £11.00 on both days in advance or £15.00 on the day with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted FREE on both days. A weekend ticket costs £15.00 in advance or £25.00 on the gate. There is also FREE car parking and FREE paddock access.