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Croft Nostalgia Weekend rocks with Brian Johnson

Croft Nostalgia Weekend rocks with Brian Johnson

Croft Nostalgia Weekend revved into life this weekend with a heady high-octane blend of classic cars, retro racing and even a starring performance by a rock legend.

AC/DC front man Brian Johnson left fans 'thunderstruck' at the fifth annual Croft Nostalgia Weekend, and admitted that he had so much fun he was eager to return to the festival next year.

Croft is celebrating its 50th year of motor sport action in 2014, and there could have been no better way to mark such a milestone than with the Nostalgia Weekend, which paid tribute to the golden era of the 1940s to 1970s.

The racing on-track at Dalton On Tees was the traditional thrill-fest, while a spellbinding sideshow of World War Two machinery, spectacular aerial displays and a stunning array of classic cars meant there was never a dull moment.

AC/DC's Johnson finished in the top ten of both races he entered, hustling his Mini Cooper to eighth overall and a class victory.

He said: "I absolutely loved the Croft Nostalgia Weekend. I just wish it had gone on for longer! I think I got to drive in pretty much all conditions, from blazing sunshine to rain of near-biblical proportions! It's a tricky, fast and fabulous circuit and I'm still learning it now! I'm pleased as punch to have come away with a trophy too.

"The racing was fantastic. I think the drivers here must get fed on raw meat before they go out  they certainly don't go easy on newcomers! I saw some of the best driving I've ever seen. There was one Mustang that went past me completely sideways  I would have applauded but I would probably have gone off the track! There were little Hillman Imps like buzzing hornets  and I love these Minis!"

by: Danielle Bagnall