Oul­ton Park Gold Cup: Up close for spec­tac­u­lar tour­ing car ac­tion

Austin-only tour­ing car bat­tle, a race ded­i­cated to BMW’s sports car, and 3500 of your clas­sics on show – here’s why you musn’t miss the Re­vival

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

I t’s go­ing to be one heck of a bat­tle – BMW 328s and their Bris­tol de­scen­dants jostling for po­si­tion in a one-off race is just one of the sights you won’t want to miss at this week­end’s Good­wood Re­vival.

The La­vant Cup, which in the past has brought to­gether Jaguar D-types, Fer­rari 250 GTOs and Ford GT40s for sin­gle-mar­que bat­tles at the glo­ri­ous West Sus­sex cir­cuit, is be­ing ded­i­cated to the 80th an­niver­sary of the BMW sports car and the later Bris­tol 400 se­ries mod­els it in­spired.

The heady three-day whirl of pe­riod cos­tumes and his­toric rac­ing also in­cludes the chance to see some of the world’s top rac­ing driv­ers all go­ing head to head in Austin A30s and A35s – turn to page 4 for our news story on what to ex­pect from this fea­ture. The event’s open­ing day also in­cludes the de­but of the Kin­rara Tro­phy dusk race for pre1963 tin­top sports cars, so ex­pect to see plenty of As­ton Martin DB4s and Jaguar E-types howl­ing down the La­vant Straight as the sun sets.

There’ll also be a on-track pa­rade pay­ing trib­ute to the late Sir Jack

’You’ll see As­tons and E-types howl­ing down the La­vant Straight’

Brab­ham to mark 50 years since he be­came the only driver to win the For­mula One World cham­pi­onship in a car bear­ing his own name, with sin­gle-seaters, saloons and sports cars linked to the Aus­tralian racer’s ca­reer. Good­wood is also mark­ing half a cen­tury since new F1 reg­u­la­tions ush­ered in an era of 3.0-litre cars, which will be tak­ing part in high speed demon­stra­tion runs around the cir­cuit.

Fa­mil­iar fix­tures to Re­vival reg­u­lars are back too, in­clud­ing the Set­tring­ton Cup race for younger rac­ers fu­ri­ously ped­alling their Austin J40s, and the Sus­sex Tro­phy out­ings for late 1950s sports cars like Jaguar D-types and As­ton Martin DBR1s.

Wander away from the Good­wood grand­stands and there’s the in­door Earls Court Mo­tor Show, filled with clas­sics from the UK’s car man­u­fac­turer her­itage col­lec­tions. Also look out for the vin­tage avi­a­tion dis­plays through­out the week­end. Even the visi­tors’ car park – named Over The Road – is an event in it­self, with more than 3500 of your pre1976 favourites go­ing on show.

The cir­cuit gates open at 7.30 ev­ery morn­ing and the races and demon­stra­tions take place through­out the day. But make sure you al­low plenty of time for traf­fic queues on the way in.

■ grrc.good­wood.com/sec­tion/ good­wood-re­vival

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