THERE was one name on everyone’s lips at the Oulton Park Gold Cup weekend – Lola.
The circuit was marking the 50th anniversary of the iconic British motor racing manufacturer at its annual classic racing festival.
The Formula 5,000 Lolas may not have demonstrated the same pace they did in their 70s heyday, but on Monday Jeremy Smith piloted his Surtees TS20 to victory in two dramatic races to take the Derek Bell Trophy.
The first race was red- flagged after two laps due to a crash at Island, while race two was slowed by a safety car on lap six, but Smith, in an historic Formula One car, made a great restart and won comfortably.
A special trophy went to Neil Glover, who was the highest placed Lola driver in the Derek Bell Trophy in his T330.
The Gold Cup weekend began on Sunday with a Golden Anniversary parade for Lola, featuring demonstration laps from an RML/MG Lola sports car, which raced at Le Mans in the early part of this century.
This was followed by a stream of Lola cars from the past five decades.
In racing, there was a second historic Formulas race which saw Peter Meyrick, of Oak- mere, steer his March 782 to victory.
Meyrick’s son Andy is currently competing in the British F3 National Series and Meyrick senior showed he’s no slouch as he defied the rain to take the chequered flag.
The British Historic Rally Championship celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special display of historic rally cars. Vehicles from the past five decades were in action on the purpose-built rally stage at the track.
There were also demonstrations from rally cars produced between 1968 and 1975, featuring some iconic Ford Escorts – the most prolific car in the history of rallying.
Cars built between 1976 and 1981 also tackled the rally stage, including the Ford Escort Mk2 and Porsche 911RS.
The Gold Cup itself featured touring cars under two litres for the first time in an energetic hour-long race.
Austrian driver Dieter Karl Anton took the spoils in an Alfa Romeo after leading for most of the race.