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Oulton Park Gold Cup announces biggest ever line-up

Thursday, August 19 2010

The Oulton Park Gold Cup is celebrating the biggest line-up in its fifty year history, with 480 vehicles and more than 500 drivers confirmed for the historic racing festival this Bank Holiday weekend (29/30 August).

Among the headline features of this year's Gold Cup is the Sir Stirling Moss Trophy, a new event for pre-1961 sportscars and sports-racers. After recovering from terrible injuries suffered in a lift accident at his home five months ago, Sir Stirling himself is set to compete in the event exactly 50 years after winning the 1960 Gold Cup in a Lotus 18 - and the 80-year-old will be piloting an Osca FS372 alongside Ian Nuthall.

Moss has won the Oulton Park Gold Cup a magnificent five times, and he will also be demonstrating the unique Ferguson P99 that he steered to victory at the event in 1961, when he became the only driver to win a Formula One race in a four wheel drive car.

Another notable entrant in the Sir Stirling Moss Trophy is Richard Attwood, who steered Porsche to its first ever Le Mans 24 Hour race victory in 1970 alongside team-mate Hans Herrman. Attwood will be racing an Aston Martin DBR1 with British GT and Le Mans Series racer Gregor Fisken.

The Gold Cup will also feature historic Formula Two and Formula 5000 single seaters in the Derek Bell Trophy, along with a bumper grid of 35 classic Formula Fords, including both Frank Sytner and double Gold Cup winner Ian Ashley.

Other racing highlights include the Guards Trophy for pre-1966 GT and Sports Racing Cars, Historic Formula Junior and Classic Touring Cars.

"The Oulton Park Gold Cup is now truly established as one of the most popular historic motor race meetings anywhere and this year has attracted an all-time record entry, including many competitors from overseas," said Grahame White, executive director of Gold Cup organiser the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC). "It is a must-do event for racers with so many top drivers confirmed and as race organisers we are looking forward to a fantastic weekend."

In addition to a two-day programme of circuit racing, the Oulton Park Gold Cup will feature a number of unique demonstrations including a Silk Cut Group C Jaguar Le Mans car and a 3.5 litre R90 Nissan, steered to pole position by Mark Blundell at the 1990 Le Mans 24 Hour race.

There will also be a special parade to celebrate 30 years of the Audi Quattro, plus several displays from a collection of Group B rally cars.

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 29/30 August are now on sale from £17 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.