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Cheshire Concours d’Esprit display to wow Sunday Gold Cup crowds

Wednesday, August 24 2016

A special display of rare and priceless vintage cars is set to be one of the off-track highlights of this year's Gold Cup event. Sunday's (28 August) Concours d'Esprit will be a celebration of the spirit of craftsman-built historic sports-cars.

The Cheshire Concours d'Esprit celebrates the spirit of special sports-cars with a representative collection of famous sports-car marques from over 50 ago. Ranging from a 102-year-old Humber TT to a 1965 Aston Martin DB5, an extremely rare collection of vintage machinery will be on display on Sunday.

Unlike many concours displays, these cars are full of character and wear their history with pride. Every car will be accompanied by a display panel telling the unique and fascinating story of its design, competition history, ownership or originality.

Amongst the display of more than 35 cars will be some very special exhibits, including:

• The last-remaining TT Humber from the 1914 Isle of Man TT race, recovered from a Welsh barn by Kenneth Neve in 1939, and raced at Oulton Park and other circuits since 1954.

• Possibly the only remaining original and unspoilt Bentley 4½-Litre Le Mans built by WO Bentley to commemorate their inspired Le Mans victory in 1928.

• The award-winning Talbot Darracq T23 Short Chassis 4-seater Figoni et Falaschi coupé, described in 1939 as 'the most beautiful car in the world'.

• An original Lagonda LG45 Rapide, exactly as built in 1936 and used as Course Car at the Le Mans 24-Hours in 1937. One of 25 LG45 Rapides built, and rated as 'the most desirable pre-war car'.

• The prototype Invicta Black Prince, a revolutionary sports saloon heralded at its 1946 launch as 'the world's most advanced car', with a price tag to match. One of only 17 built.

• The Morgan Plus-4 exactly as purchased by John McKechnie in 1955 for competing in such leading series as the Autosport Trophy. More recently raced at Goodwood and other circuits.

Click here to download a list of confirmed display cars.

South Cheshire Raiders founder and concours organiser, Tim Gresty said: "Our Concours d'Esprit is a truly extra-ordinary collection of inspiring sports-cars, each well-used and with a fascinating story to tell.  They are not selected because they are regularly polished, or kept in an isolated cocoon.  Every one is a character, worthy of the description 'spirited'."

The Concours Display will take place in the exclusive railed area in front of the Fogarty Moss Centre, with a full-circuit track parade at 11.30am.

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 visitwww.oultonparkgoldcup.co.uk