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Gold Cup entries and displays to recall venue's 60 year history

Thursday, August 22 2013

This weekend's Oulton Park Gold Cup (24-26 August) will recall 60 years of the Cheshire circuit, right to its very beginnings on 8 August 1953.

Races were held on that day for 500cc Formula 3 cars and they will return to the track this weekend. However unlike then, the drivers will also take on the International loop, turning left at Cascades and onto the Shell Oils hairpin before returning to the original layout at Knickerbrook. The entry list of 20 cars includes some that raced on that day, with the Cooper name that ushered in the rear-engined era particularly prominent.

There will be another link with that day when the niece of Tony Rolt, who won the International Formula 2 race at the circuit's inaugural meeting back in 1953, enters an Elva 200 in the Formula Junior race for front-engined cars. Whilst Phoebe Rolt's uncle competed in the Formula 2 category, by the late 1950s Formula Junior had become the favoured category for aspiring F1 drivers.

Later meetings will be recalled and race entries include an ex-Team Surtees Lola T100, raced by John in 1967, and a Chevron 1 Litre Formula 3 raced by Peter Hanson in 1970, which finished second at Oulton Park.

The 1973 Gold Cup winning car of Peter Gethin will be on display. Gethin's son Nick, who first competed behind the wheel this year, will also be racing and hopes to get behind the wheel of his late father's car over the weekend. A Frank Williams-run March 711, once raced in the Gold Cup by Henri Pescarolo in 1971 will also be on display. The car won the first heat and was raced by Ronnie Peterson in 1972.

The Rob Walker-run Lotus 18, which Stirling Moss took to another Gold Cup win in 1960 and then the Monaco Grand Prix of 1961, will be on display. The car has been loaned by owner Stephen Bond, who bought the car from the Donington Musuem collection in 2011.

A 1961 E-Type raced by Jackie Stewart in 1961 will be on display, courtesy of M and C Wilkinson cars. Jackie first tested the car at Oulton Park and subsequently raced it upon taking up motorsport as a career, whilst the E-Type also made its competition debut at the circuit. You can also enjoy the E-Type Challenge race, which was inaugurated two years ago to celebrate the car's 50th anniversary. The race has been renamed the John Coombs Trophy Race in tribute to the famous racer and entrant, who recently passed away. JD Classics will be displaying Coombs' famous Jaguar MkII with the 'BUY 1' plate.

Another car that made its competition debut during a Gold Cup meeting, the Lotus Cortina, will be represented with several entries in the Historic Touring Car race. Jack Sears took an example to victory at the circuit 50 years ago, having claimed that year's British Saloon Car Championship title.

The will also be a unique display of Chevron cars, originally based in Bolton, including the B1 and B2, and the Gold Cup Trophy they won in 1983 will be on display.

A comprehensive timetable of events and entries for the Gold Cup is available here.

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 24-26 August are available for for £5 on Saturday practice and £22 per day on Sunday and Monday with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.