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Masters Historic Festival to be first highlight of MSV’s 2012 season

Friday, February 24 2012

The start of the 2012 racing season is just a few days away and there are only three weeks to go until the first MSV headline event of the year. Following a successful inaugural running last year, the Masters Historic Festival at Oulton Park provides a recap of much of the Cheshire circuit's racing history.

A timetable has been released for the one-day festival, which provides eight hours of nostalgia-themed action on the circuit, including an afternoon packed with close racing. Click here for a schedule of the on-track entertainment.

Powerful racing machinery returns to Oulton Park with the Single-Seater Allcomers race featuring F3000 and F5000 cars amongst many other historic racers of the past, recalling the days when they battled at the circuit. The big sportscars of 60s and 70s Group 4 racing will also grace the track in the World Sportscar Masters. The series is open to legends including the Porsche 917 and Lola T70, as well as Alfa Romeos, Chevrons and Ferraris.

The 70s Celebration race recalls the decade's great races, including the Group 2 cars of the European Touring Car Championship, when the BMW 'Batmobiles' regularly battled the Cologne Capris. The grid is also backed up by the greats of that time, including machinery as diverse as Escorts, Porsches and Morgans.

The touring cars of the pre-1966 era are a perennial crowd favourite, as the big American muscle car Mustangs and Camaros struggle to shake off their agile European cousins. Expect Minis, Cortinas and the odd Jaguar thrown in for good measure amongst a huge field. There's more action from this golden era as the GTs and sports endurance racers of the Gentlemen Drivers series take to the undulating track. Aston Martins, Cobras, Austin Healeys and Lotuses can be found battling through Oulton Park's famous turns. These races have also seen entries from racing celebrities including Tony Jardine, Barrie Williams and even former Formula 1 and Champ Car driver Roberto Moreno in the past.

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Oulton Park are available in advance for £13, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.