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HISTORIC THRILLS AWAIT AS THE GOLD CUP SWINGS INTO LIFE

Sunday, August 24 2014

Racing at the Oulton Park Gold Cup starts today (Sunday), with ten sports car, single-seater and touring car contests. Tickets are £22 on the gate with free entry for children aged 12 and under.

The Historic Road Sports kick things off at 12:05, with an eclectic selection of historic sports and GT cars built before the end of the 1960s. Kevin Kivlochan's Morgan Plus 8 is likely to the standout performer, but will have his work cut out, after qualifying just fourth in tricky conditions yesterday (Saturday). John Shaw's Porsche 911 will fight for European pride at the front end of the grid which is mainly formed from British Ginettas, Lotuses, and MGs. Similar machines from the following decade will also compete in the 70s Road Sports.

Historic Formula Juniors will race twice today, recreating the single-seater battles of the late 1950s and early '60s, before Formula 3 took its place as the primary feeder series for Grand Prix racing. Keep an eye out for Jonathan Milicevic in the rear-engined category; the Cooper T59 pilot is renowned for dominant displays. Derek Walker was almighty in qualifying for the front-engined cars but it could be another story on raceday.

The British Touring Car Championship's glory days will be revisited in the Super Touring Trophy for 90s tin tops. Championship leader James Dodd will start from the back after suffering issues in his Honda Accord during qualifying. Stewart Whyte, also in an Accord, will start from pole alongside Paul Smith's Audi A4. Two-time BTCC champion John Cleland starts from third in the Vauxhall Vectra he campaigned in the 1997 BTCC.

The Historic Formula Three screamers of the 1960s will recall an era in which James Hunt and Emerson Fittipaldi competed on their way to Formula One. This grid will feature a large contingent of machines built by four-time Gold Cup winner Jack Brabham's eponymous team.

Sports car fans are in for a real treat with two Guards Trophy races for GT and sports racing cars, a contest for the Martini Trophy which recalls the European sports car championships of the 1970s, and 1950s Fiscar machines, similar to those that would have competed in Oulton's early years.

Visitors will be treated to a massive programme of off-track entertainment with a plethora of car clubs filling the circuit's infield. Military vehicles, including tanks, will also appear to recall the venue's history as a military staging camp.  

There will be plenty of non-racing action with Group B rally demonstrations and air displays.

If you're coming along make sure you soak up the atmosphere in the trade village and enjoy the classic sound of swing music at the bandstand. 

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup are available on the gate for £22, with free entry for under 13s. For more information visit www.oultonparkgoldcup.co.uk