MOTOR SPORT: OULTON Park celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend with a star-studded Gold Cup meeting.
The event has attracted a host of top names to the Cheshire circuit with Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Jack Brabham, Derek Bell and Roy Salvadori helping to conjure up the nostalgia.
For Jackie Stewart, the event will have particular significance, as it will mark the 35th anniversary of his first Gold Cup win in a March. Now president of the British Racing Drivers' Club, he will not only officially open the circuit's new race control and media centre, but he will also drive the circuit in Tyrrell 001, the first Grand Prix Tyrrell, normally raced by American John Delane.
Jack Brabham, a welcome visitor at last year's event, won the Gold Cup in 1957, 1964, 1966 and 1967 and is part of the only double-generation Gold Cupwinning family, his son Gary gaining the honour in 1988.
The only man to win the Formula One World Championship in a car bearing his own name, Sir Jack was world champion in 1960 (in a Cooper) and in 1966 in a Brabham-Repco.
Derek Bell is synonymous with Le Mans having won the French classic five times, but he began as a very accomplished single-seater racer, winning the Gold Cup in 1977 for Penske. Although he has raced little lately, he was part of Bentley's Le Mans success this year in his role as an ambassador for the team.
Roy Salvadori is another Le Mans winner, from 1959, and won the Gold Cup in 1956 in a Cooper T41 Formula Two car.
Historic Sports Car Club executive director Grahame White said: 'We are thrilled to welcome Jackie, Jack and Derek to Oulton Park for the Gold Cup. To have such a famous and successful trio of drivers at our biggest event of the season is a huge boost for us, and we are sure they will add to the interest for spectators. We can't wait for this weekend.'
The Oulton Park Gold Cup features 14 races for historic cars over Sunday and Monday.
As well as track action, there is plenty of family entertainment, including a classic cars display and children's entertainments.
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