The sixtieth running of the Oulton Park Gold Cup enjoyed the usual varied turn-out of fine machinery at the weekend. Well-established as a driver’s favourite, this fast and challenging corner of Cheshire also saw a strong turn-out of spectators enjoying no-fewer than fourteen classes of racing, from Historic Formula Junior to the Derek Bell Trophy for predominantly F5000 cars, and plenty of tin-top action in between.
The weather pretty much summed up recent times for most of the UK, with our unusually fine summer (Sunday) suddenly replaced by chilly dampness (Monday), but as is tradition at the Gold Cup there was an impressive static display of owners clubs in front of the Fogarty-Moss building to entertain the crowd.
The Super Touring Trophy saw former BTCC champion John Cleland prevail in his old Vauxhall Vectra, whilst the Road Sports races enjoyed a plendid showing of Elans, Morgans, E-Types, TVRs, MGs, Alfas and even the odd Porsche, Mustang and Camaro thrown in for added colour and noise. The Derek Bell Trophy easily scooped the prize for best-sounding race with a field crammed full of bellowing five-litre Chevy and screaming three-litre Ford-Cosworth V8s, and it was good to see an incredibly varied field in the HSCC Classic Racing Car Championship.
In all, another successful Gold Cup a full sixty years after the first was won by a certain Stirling Moss. Mind you, seeing so much classic metal being raced in anger has redoubled our appetite for the Revival. Bring on the 12th September!
Photography: Peter Still Photography