OULTON Park became the venue for much of the initial testing for many of Chevron's successful models, and at least 100 examples of the firm's race cars will return there for the Gold Cup to celebrate Chevron's birthday in style this weekend.
Founder Derek Bennett's cars are considered by many to be some of the most attractive racing cars ever built. Add to that the fact they did their share of 'giant killing' in their day and it makes for a group of machines in high demand!
One such success was in the 1973 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, a competition where Formula 5000 cars competed against the faster Formula One cars of today. Despite being an underdog, Peter Gethin beat all the F1 cars to take victory, and lapped all the F5000 by
the time he passed Denny Hulme's slowing McLaren M23 for the lead, just one lap from the chequered flag.
The actual car that won that day, 32 years ago, will be in action at Oulton Park in the Derek Bell Trophy races for the Gold Cup.
The weekend includes Chevron-only races for sports car and single-seaters produced by the manufacturer, plus races for other classics such as the Historic Formula Fords, Classic Formula 3, and GT racing. Several well-known names from the modern racing era have also been attracted to the event; former Formula One driver Johnny Herbert will
be racing in the Gentleman Drivers GT race, as will McLaren Formula One designer Adrian Newey.
The Gold Cup was re-established as a major historic event in 2003, and circuit operators have been keen to improve on the family feel of the event ever since. As well as the classic racing, spectators can enjoy a funfair, classic car displays and other off-track entertainment.
The tickets for the event cost £12 for the Sunday and £15 for Monday if booked in advance by calling 0870 950 9000, or £15 (Sunday) and £20 (Monday) on the gate. Further discounts are available for booking weekend tickets.
Children aged 12 and under get in free; parking and paddock access are also free.