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From Waterloo to Croft... via Newton St Boswells

 
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From Waterloo to Croft... via Newton St Boswells
by SMMC Admin - Sunday, 17 May 2020, 11:30 PM
 

So as the weekend draws to a close on what would have been the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, and in which ABBA's “Waterloo” was voted the best song of all time, we take a trip down memory lane - back to 1974 and the day that ABBA actually performed that legendary song.

So as the weekend draws to a close on what would have been the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, and in which ABBA's “Waterloo” was voted the best song of all time, we take a trip down memory lane - back to 1974 and the day that ABBA actually performed that legendary song.

On 6 April 1974, 22 members of the Club attended the Combined Clubs' Training Day for Marshals held at Croft Circuit, organised jointly by the British Automobile Racing Club, Darlington & District Motor Club, the British Racing & Sports Car Club, Northern Race & Rally Rescue Marshals Club, Nottingham Sports Car Club and the British Motor Racing Marshals Club.

Marshal's Training Day - Croft, April 1974

Club director Andrew Main recalls the day.

“It was an early start from Edinburgh to cover the 150 miles to Croft (the original 1.75 mile roughly triangular airfield circuit, not the twisty one you see on TV) and it was obvious from the "click-hiss" noises from the back of the coach that some had not had breakfast yet!

“The trip down the A68 was pretty entertaining, the coach from Stanley Mackay, being enthusiastically driven by an expert. The coach's gear ratios had apparently been "modified" to make it a bit quicker, and it showed.

“Arriving at the circuit, we were allowed to drive around it to familiarise ourselves with the layout, and the coach still holds the lap record for its class.

“In the afternoon, there were a couple of "races" with cars rigged to blow-out smoke, drop fluids, drag an exhaust pipe, break-down etc for the marshals to deal with and a few errant "spectators" and "photographers" to further keep them on their toes

“The trip back home was enlivened by chorus master Mike Gascoigne leading us in a several verses of the Engineer's Song, a very, very un-PC rugby song.

“We stopped in Newcastle to get some fish and chips and a carry-out, and had to stop again in Newton St Boswells to refresh it.

“Back in Edinburgh, we were invited back to the flat Mike Gascoigne and David Swinton shared for some coffee. Somebody turned on the TV to find the Eurovision Song Contest was on. A group from Sweden wearing colourful costumes were singing, so we decided to continue watching. I wonder what became of them?”


From the archive...

Rescue 1 at Knockhill in Spring 1977

This photo of "Rescue 1" at Knockhill was taken, we think, by Graham Gauld around 1977 or 1978. Left to right, the crew is Mike How, Andrew Main and Andy Birrell. The names of those in the local motorsport community who contributed cash or equipment are on both sides of the van between the wheel arches.

The training day was reported in MARSHALS POST No.4 (May 1974).

The training day was reported in MARSHALS POST No.4 - May 1974