MOTOR SPORT: TWO of the most famous classic car marques in the world - Jaguar and Porsche - will take centre stage at Oulton Park tomorrow when the Classic Sports Car Club (CSCC) makes its debut at the Cheshire circuit.
The innovative meeting will be a feast for classic sports car enthusiasts, with more than 160 entries ready to line up for the event's eight-race programme.
The CSCC's own Swinging Sixties championship will feature in the day's longest race, with a 40-minute outing for sports and saloon cars of the 1950s and '60s. Joe Henderson's Triumph TR5 was victorious in last month's meeting at Snetterton, but don't count out Thornton Mustard's Jaguar E-Type and the Lotus 7 of John Muirhead.
Legendary Stuttgart sports car marque Porsche features in the Michelin Porsche Open Championship and the Michelin Porsche Club Champion-ship. In the Club Champion-ship, Ian White (3.2 Carrera) and Kevin Harrison (968C) will go head-to-head once more, while in the Open series, Richard Chamberlain's fearsome 935 is the car to beat. The arrival of local ace Peter Cook, from Northwich, in his 911 GT2 could signal the toughest rival yet for Chamberlain.
Other local interest will come from 16-year-old Marcus Clutton from Oldham, who leads the Club Class 2 in his 911 SC. Another Oldham-based competitor will be Lewis Twotell, who will make his series debut in the Club Championship in a 968CS.
Meanwhile, Cheshire-based Mark Stephenson will take in his first ever race in a 911 GT3 Cup car in the Open Championship.
Jaguars will feature in three races - the XJS Challenge, Soil-mec/JEC Challenge featuring all types of Big Cat saloons and the Miller Oils Powered by Jaguar Championship, which will feature more XJS models as well as replica D-Types. The latter will be joined by the CSCC's traditional sports versus saloons encounter.
The Darlington & District Motor Club's Northern Sports/Saloons completes the bill with an eclectic mix of machinery, including Chamberlain's mighty 935, which could go for overall honours.
Practice starts at 8.30am with the first of eight races starting at 1.15pm. Tickets cost £12 per adult, with children aged 12 and under free. Free parking and paddock access is also available.