Following the BRDC’s change of date for Classic Silverstone to the end-of-August Bank holiday weekend, a date usually occupied by the HSCC’s Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting, the HSCC, organising club of both events, found it necessary to change the Oulton Park date. The last weekend of July was selected in a new format concocted in partnership with circuit owners MSV. While the HSCC will continue to be the organising club and will make up a large part of the meeting content, grids from other organisers will also be joining in to bring what MSV calls “a refresh of the on-circuit offering.”
Masters Historic Racing, the Classic Sports Car Club, the Vintage Sports-Car Club, the Historic Racing Drivers Club and the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association will all be bringing grids, and, just to confuse us, races will be renamed in homage to the circuit’s past and those that raced there in a move that echoes the system at Goodwood.
The HGPCA winner will recive the Gold Cup
Star of the HSCC content is the Formula 2 international series (to be known as the Niki Lauda Trophy), with the club also fielding races for their Guards Trophy, Historic Formula Junior (Jim Clark Cup), Aurora Trophy/Geoff Lees Trophy (Derek Bell Trophy) and the second race in the new Griffiths Haig Trophy series for drum brake sports cars.
The Masters will run one-hour pre ‘66 Touring Car (Alan Mann Trophy) and Gentlemen Drivers (Pre-’66 GT) (Cheshire Historic TT) races, while from the CSCC will come monster Special Saloons and Modsports (Tony Sugden Trophy) and there will be rounds of the HRDC’s Jack Sears Trophy for period touring cars. The Vintage Sports Car Club will run a round of their popular Owner Driver Mechanic race (Egerton Cup) for standard and modified cars and an Allcomers Scratch race (Range Corner Trophy).
The Historic Gold Cup itself will hark back to a time when the International Gold Cup was a regular non-championship fixture on the annual F1 schedule and go to the winner, on aggregate, of two HGPCA races for pre-1966 Grand Prix cars.
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