OUL­TON PARK GOLD CUP

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When: Au­gust 26-28 Where: Oul­ton Park, Cheshire Web: oul­ton­park.co.uk Over the late Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end, the glo­ri­ous Oul­ton Park Cir­cuit plays host to the big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of his­toric rac­ing held north of Don­ing­ton Park.

The Gold Cup is the most fa­mous race in the 60-year story of the Cheshire park­land track and re­calls an era when the track reg­u­larly hosted non­cham­pi­onship For­mula 1 races.

Rac­ing runs through Sun­day af­ter­noon and from mid-morn­ing on Mon­day and the 2017 pro­gramme has sev­eral gems to head­line the ac­tion. While the HSCC’S port­fo­lio of cat­e­gories de­liv­ers the bulk of the rac­ing, capped by firm favourites like His­toric For­mula Ford and His­toric Tour­ing Cars, the club has pulled off a blinder by adding two races for His­toric For­mula 2 to the sched­ule.

As the 1600cc F2 for­mula cel­e­brates 50 years, the younger 2-litre cars will set a fierce pace as th­ese fan­tas­tic sin­gle-seaters re­turn to ru­ral Cheshire. An­other high-pro­file guest race will be the His­toric Tour­ing Car Chal­lenge, run by Mo­tor Rac­ing Leg­ends. This has re­ally come good in re­cent times and a strong field of 1970s and 1980s cars will make a mighty spec­ta­cle. Add in the even newer Su­per Tour­ers and it all adds up to a fine week­end of rac­ing at this most scenic of tracks.

Gold Cup cel­e­brates Oul­ton Park’s rac­ing her­itage

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