HSCC set for Gold Cup bonanza

Over 400 of the finest historic racing cars in Britain will contest a 16-race weekend in the biggest historic event of the season at Oulton Park when the famous Gold Cup meeting runs over the weekend of 24/25 August.

Organised by the Historic Sports Car Club, the Gold Cup meeting will re-live the glory days of the Cheshire venue with a full weekend of racing for sports cars, single-seaters and saloon cars of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

A fabulous entry will pack the paddock and with eight races on both Sunday and Monday, along with a host of other attractions, it promises to be a great Bank Holiday event.

Apart from the top quality race programme, the event will also celebrate 50 years of Lola racing cars and a display and parade will bring some very rare and important Lolas from the last 50 years to Oulton Park.

Already confirmed for a Lola parade are examples of the Mk1 sports-racer, Mk3 GT car, T70 Spyder sports-racing car, T92 'Bowes Seal Fast Special' Indianapolis car, T100 Formula 2, T670 Formula 3, MG275 Le Mans car, 94.00 'McDonalds' Champcar , RML/MG Le Mans car and the B08.90 track day car. In addition, on static display will be the 1966 Red Ball Special Indy car and the 94.00 Champcar of Nigel Mansell.

Meanwhile, on the Oulton Park rally stage, cars and drivers from the MSA British Historic Rally Championship will be in action, with cars ranging from Austin Healey 3000s and Mini Coopers to Porsche 911s and Ford Escorts.

On track, the Historic F2 Trophy and the U2TC series for up to 2-litre pre '66 touring cars will further enhance a full weekend of HSCC championship racing.

In the F2 races, local ace Peter Meyrick (Oakmere) will be among the pacesetters in his March 782, but faces a tough challenge from defending champion Martin Stretton (March 712) and Richard Evans (Chevron B40), while Bo Warmenius travels from Sweden to race his March 772 and Brazilian Abba Kogan joins the F2 pack in his March 782.

The U2TC racers will be making their Oulton Park debut and a fabulous field of Alfa Romeos, Lotus Cortinas, BMWs and Mini Coopers will battle over an hour-long race on Sunday. With seven Alfas taking on eight BMWs and five Lotus Cortinas, including former Grand Prix driver and Le Mans winner Jackie Oliver in a BMW, it will be quite a spectacle.

A fantastic line-up of 13 Formula 5000 racing cars from the early 1970s will pack out the grid for the pair of Derek Bell Trophy races, with three members of the Lyons family all racing. Husband and wife Frank and Judy Lyons will be joined on the grid by their 17-year old son Michael who will race one of the family's mighty 5-litre single-seaters. Michael's recent pace suggests that he could be a match for his far more experienced father!

Ranged against the might of the Formula 5000 pack will be the Surtees TS20 Grand Prix car of Jeremy Smith and a gaggle of quick 2-litre cars including the Chevron B40 of John Crowson.

With other races covering Formula Junior, Classic Formula 3, Formula Ford 2000 and Formula Ford 1600 single-seaters, sports-racing and GT cars, road sports and Historic Racing Saloons, there really is racing for all tastes. It promises to be a glorious weekend of motor sporting nostalgia.

On both Sunday and Monday, the first of eight races is at 12.05pm.


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