The outline details of this year’s Oulton Park Gold Cup, which takes place on 28-30 July, have been confirmed by organising club the HSCC, with four significant HSCC categories at the heart of the race programme. This year will see the Oulton Park debut of the spectacular Thundersports category for sports racing and GT cars of the 1970s and early 1980s, which will include numerous Chevrons, built by the brilliant Derek Bennett in a disused mill in near-by Bolton.
Taking the Oulton Park story back to the late 1960s will be a round of the HSCC Historic Formula 3 Championship for the one-litre screamer single-seaters, while the HSCC’s Formula Junior cars will enjoy a round of their championship. Finally, the HSCC Historic Touring Cars will also be part of the three-day event.
Adding diversity and appeal to the event will be seven invited grids taken from across the historic and vintage racing spectrum. The event will see the return of the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association and their pre-1966 Grand Prix cars, and the Classic Sports Car Club Special Saloons and Modsports category that was a real hit with fans in 2022. Motor Racing Legends will bring its Historic Touring Car Challenge, which features touring cars as diverse as Nissan Skylines and Lotus Cortinas, and the combined Woodcote and Stirling Moss Trophy races for sports cars of the 1950s.
Pre-war cars will also feature on the programme as two grids from the Vintage Sports-Car Club will turn the clock back to the 1930s at the Cheshire parkland track with a slight twist. The races will be run as team events, with each team consisting of two drivers who will share a car, and the ‘Team of Teams’ element will decide the overall result. Entry will be limited to 32 cars. Preference will be given to those who express interest early and to providing a broad showcase of VSCC cars. See hscc.org.uk and individual grid organisers for entries.
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