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Golden eras to be celebrated at Oulton this Bank Holiday weekend

Sunday, August 21 2016

The return of classic Grand Prix cars will be the highlight of this Bank Holiday weekend's (27-29 August) Gold Cup meeting, with historic car racing, nostalgic displays, demonstrations and much more celebrating the picturesque Cheshire venue's illustrious history.

The Gold Cup was originally held as a non-championship Formula 1 race in the 1950s and 60s, and winners included Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and John Surtees. The event was revived as a historic race event at the turn of the 21st Century, and to celebrate the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association (HGPCA) returning after a five-year break, a 'Historic Gold Cup' will be awarded to the aggregate winner of the races. Open to Grand Prix machinery from the 1930s to early 1960s, the majority of the grid will cover the Oulton Park Gold Cup's early years, when front-engined cars mixed with the revolutionary mid-engined machines from the emerging British constructors, including Cooper and Lotus.

The Gold Cup's second era in the 1970s was contested by Formula 5000 cars with big American V8 engines and Formula 2 and 3 machinery. This will be honoured with the Derek Bell Trophy, named after the famous Le Mans winner who also won the Gold Cup in this period.

In later years, the British Touring Car Championship also qualified for Gold Cup status, and the 1990s Super Touring machines are back to provide another highlight. BTCC heroes John Cleland, a two-time champion, and Patrick Watts will be amongst the field of Vauxhall Vectras and Cavaliers, Peugeot 406s, BMW 3-Series, Ford Mondeos, Honda Accords, Nissan Primeras and much more in two panel-bashing thrillers.

A full supporting package of nostalgic action includes sports and GT cars from the 1950s to 70s, classic single-seaters and 1960s saloons. Almost all of the categories raced at Oulton Park in period, recreating a golden era of motorsport.

The entertainment continues off the track, with a record 1,500 classic cars filling the venue across the weekend in expansive displays, starring favourites from iconic British manufacturers such as Jaguar, MG, Mini, and Morgan. In addition there is a Cheshire Concours D'Esprit display of pre and post-war sportscars on the Sunday, followed by a display of more than 60 supercars on Bank Holiday Monday.

Other highlights will include live music from the 1940s-inspired Belladonna Brigade and a WWII military camp display which will recall the venue's past as a US Army staging cap - General Patton was based there prior to the Normandy landings. There will also be a Spitfire on static display, and demonstrations from BRISCA Heritage stock cars.

There will be opportunities to get out on the circuit for a guided vintage bus tour on Sunday morning, a free pit walk on Sunday and Monday, and those seeking more of an adrenaline rush can book a Toyota GT86 rally ride on the day for £25. For the more leisurely-minded, there's an artisan market filed with locally-sourced products, whilst younger fans can enjoy face painting, a funfair and bouncy castles.

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup are available in advance from £19, with free admission for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.oultonparkgoldcup.co.uk