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Oulton Park’s annual festival of nostalgia starts today

Friday, August 24 2012

The Oulton Park Gold Cup kicks off today (Sunday), with a nine-race programme celebrating the event's golden era in the 1960s and 70s. Events on-track start at midday but before then spectators will have the chance of getting into the spirit of the weekend with classic car parade laps and bus rides on the circuit, available for just £5 from the programme booth at Cascades.

The race action starts with a 70s Roadsports race, where reigning champion John Thomason's Triumph GT6 will be fighting with a range of classic sports and GT cars from that decade. The 60s era is also revisited with the historic Roadsports championship, with Lotus Elan driver Paul Tooms the frontrunner.

Two Formula Junior encounters feature single seater action from the highly-regarded F1 feeder formula of the late 50s and early 60s. Meanwhile the Classic Racing Cars series covers a range of formulae.

The E-Type Challenge series for the iconic Jaguar returns after a successful debut in 2011, and is sure to be a big draw for the crowd. Finally there are three classic sportscar races, with the 70s 2 litre era covered by the Martini Trophy and the 60s era split into Guards Trophy grids for Sports Racers and GTs.

Throughout the afternoon rally cars, including spectacular Group B machines will run on the rally stage located behind the paddock. Meanwhile there are displays of classic cars around the circuit plus trade stands and a funfair, with many spectators arriving dressed for the 60s and 70s to enhance the atmosphere. Those staying late will also be able to continue the celebrations with Paul Newman's motor racing classic 'Winning' being screened in Chequers at 8pm.

For a racing timetable click here and for a list of off-track events click here.

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 26-27 August are available on the gate for £21 each day, with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.