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Vintage racing returns to Oulton Park for summer festival

Wednesday, January 28 2015

The revered Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC) will stage its Hawthorn Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park this July (Saturday 18th), marking a return visit to the Cheshire venue for the first time since 2010.

The VSCC organises races for cars from motorsport's pioneering age, where Edwardian era machinery can be found alongside sports and racing cars from the inter-war years, and racers from the immediate post-war era. Entries at VSCC events regularly feature cars that have raced at Brooklands and in famous international races including pre- and post-war Grand Prix, the Mille Miglia and Le Mans.

The Hawthorn Memorial Trophies will consist of racing for both pre- and post-war cars, with a pre-war sports-car relay at the end of the day. Some of the rarest motorsport machinery in the world will be on display, and the paddock at lunch time will offer competitors, marshals and spectators a special opportunity to socialise and have a close look at the eclectic mix of competing cars.

There will be much to see and do away from the race circuit too, with a Pimms and cream tea tent, live music with a period theme, a vintage and historic car display, fun fair, air display and more. The VSCC will also be holding an open Club Day on the Sunday, with content and further details to be confirmed soon.

Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of circuit owner MSV, commented: "We're delighted to welcome the VSCC, its members, and their fabulous cars back to Oulton Park in 2015. VSCC events last year at our Cadwell Park and Snetterton circuits were very popular with competitors and spectators alike, and we're looking forward to Oulton Park enjoying the same mix of entertaining on-track action and friendly off-track nostalgia."

VSCC Press & PR Secretary, James Taylor, said: "The Vintage Sports-Car Club has enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with MSV and their first-class circuits for a number of years, with our annual Shuttleworth & Nuffield Trophies Meeting at Cadwell Park, with whom we shared an 80th Anniversary in 2014, and more recently, Snetterton, where the Club's Seaman Memorial Trophies Meeting has gone from strength to strength since first held at the venue in 2012.

"We are delighted that, in addition to the above meetings, 2015 will see the return of our prestigious Hawthorn Memorial Trophies Meeting to Oulton Park in July following a five-year absence. We look forward to bringing our ever-popular racing programme of Pre-war and Historic Racing and Sports-Cars to the Cheshire venue, where we have enjoyed a long and celebrated history. The additional attraction of a VSCC Club Day on the Sunday, featuring all manner of other motoring and social activities, will ensure a fun-filled Vintage weekend for all the family."

Vintage Sports-Car Club events at MSV circuits in 2015:
Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire; Sunday 7 June - Shuttleworth & Nuffield Trophies Meeting
Oulton Park, Cheshire; Saturday 18 July - Hawthorn Memorial Trophies Meeting
Snetterton, Norfolk; Sunday 27 September - Seaman Memorial Trophies Meeting

Tickets to all three events are available from £15 online with free entry for children aged under 13. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click the links above.