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Sir Stirling Moss set to compete at the Oulton Park Gold Cup

Thursday, August 05 2010

Racing Legend Sir Stirling Moss will be joining classic racers to compete for a trophy in his honour at the Oulton Park Gold Cup this Bank Holiday weekend (29/30 August).

The Oulton Park Gold Cup is Cheshire's biggest historic racing event, celebrating single seaters, sports cars and saloons from the past six decades, and this year's festivities will feature a special Sir Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-1961 sports cars.

Among the competitors in this trophy race will be Sir Stirling Moss himself, who has made a remarkable return to racing after suffering terrible injuries in a lift shaft accident at his home just five months ago.

Often referred to as 'the greatest driver never to win a World Championship', 80-year-old Moss clinched 16 Grands Prix during his career, including five Gold Cup victories in the 1950s when the event was run as a non-championship Formula One race - before its modern reincarnation as a historic racing festival.

In fact, Moss triumphed at Oulton Park exactly 50 years ago, when he fended off strong competition from Jack Brabham and Graham Hill to win the 1960 Gold Cup, and he will return to the tarmac a half-century later this Bank Holiday weekend to pilot an Osca sports car.

"We're very much looking forward to being at Oulton Park for what now has become the most important historic motor racing event in the north of England," said HSCC Executive. "We're also thrilled that Sir Stirling Moss will be joining us to race at this year's Gold Cup meeting."

More than 400 classic vehicles are expected to be on show at this year's event, and racing highlights include the Derek Bell Trophy for historic Formula Two and Formula 5000 machinery, the Guards Trophy for 1960s GT and Sports Racing cars and a 40 minute Historic Touring Car outing.

The Gold Cup will also be celebrating 30 years of the iconic Audi Quattro - most recently made famous by its appearance in the BBC drama 'Ashes to Ashes' - with a special parade.

Plus, there will be display laps from a Silk Cut Group C Jaguar and Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans car, along with demonstrations from a collection of Group B historic rally cars.

Paddock access is free throughout the weekend, so spectators can take a close look at the magnificent machinery from the golden age of motorsport.

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.