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Glistening Gold Cup returns to Oulton Park this weekend

Friday, August 28 2015

The Oulton Park Gold Cup, Cheshire's signature historic motor racing event, returns this Bank Holiday Weekend (29-31 August) with three days of retro motor racing action on-track, massive car displays off-track, and a special demonstration from a Le Mans-winning Jaguar on Bank Holiday Monday.

A diverse race programme celebrates the Gold Cup's 1970s incarnations, with headline action from the Historic Sports Car Club's Derek Bell Trophy for powerful Formula 5000 and F2 single-seaters. With thunderous V8 engines, and performance capabilities only marginally behind the Grand Prix cars of the day, the F5000 cars are truly fantastic machines to watch. This year's entry list includes Ian Ashley, who won the Gold Cup in 1974, behind the wheel of a Lola not dissimilar to the one he drove in-period.

Ashley isn't the only notable name appearing on the grid this weekend, as he's joined by Grand Prix driver turned television presenter Tiff Needell, who is on the 30-strong Historic Formula Ford grid. Needell will drive a Lotus 69, the very car in which he made his Formula Ford debut in the early-'70s after winning a competition in Autosport Magazine.

Another name from the past competing this weekend is 1988 Le Mans-winner and 1986 British Formula Three Champion Andy Wallace, who is racing a Jaguar MkI in the new-for-2015 Jaguar Heritage Challenge. This new series celebrates the racing heritage of one of Britain's foremost manufacturers and a wonderful grid comprising E-Types, S-Types, and many other racing Jaguars will take to the track.

As an added treat, the Jaguar Heritage Trust has supplied the XJR-9 LM in which Wallace won the Le Mans 24 Hours race in '88 as a demo and display car. The iconic Silk Cut-liveried machine will be displayed all weekend next to the Jaguar Heritage marquee, with Wallace putting the Jaguar V12 engine through its paces on Monday lunchtime.

Other racing highlights include the Historic Touring Cars with a fascinating entry of 1960s saloon cars, including Lotus Cortinas and Hillman Imps, cars renowned for their exciting drifts as they battle head-to-head with powerful muscle cars, recalling an exciting era of the British Touring Car Championship.  

The venue's picturesque surrounds will be abuzz with classic car owners from far and wide, who will descend on the venue to show off their pride and joy. A wide variety of cars will attend, ranging from evocative European Alfa Romeos and Porsches, to British icons such as MGs, Morgans, and Jaguar. There will also be a Bentley Racing Display from Sunday and an Italian Stampede display of supercars from mid-morning on Monday.

Other off-track attractions include Group B rally demonstrations on Sunday and Monday, and opportunities to experience the rush of rallying yourself from the passenger seat of a works-prepared Toyota GT86. There are also military vehicle displays, live music, and fans can get closer to the action on Sunday with vintage bus tours of the circuit and a free pit walk.

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup are available on the gate for £5 on Saturday, and £23 per day on Sunday and Monday with free entry for under-13s. Additional information is available at www.oultonparkgoldcup.co.uk.