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Oulton Park Historic Gold Cup 2018
25.08.2018 - 27.08.2018

Well my coverage from the jewel in the crown of the Oulton Park racing calendar was joined by the good old British Summer. Rain poured in on the Saturday morning and the Sunday, thankfully Monday proved to be somewhat better and the sun even shone. We were treated as usual to a fantastic array of vehicles from numerous racing formats, whether it be the Chevron B6 and B8 historic to the F1 display. There was something for everyone and it wasn't just the on track action which kept the crowds entertained.

The atmosphere was buzzing in the paddock and within the Artisan Market where we were entertained by themed music and dancing to while away the Bank Holiday weekend.

There was plenty of stunning foods and homewares on offer making this a true family focused weekend. Obviously the main aspect was and always will be the on track action. Its safe to say that the motors did not disappoint. I was slightly upset that the Jaguars didn't make an appearance on the Monday but the views and noise from the classic touring cars made up for that.

For the true classic lover there was a wide and varied selection of classics on display across the site from classic Fords to Jaguars and of course the centre piece was the celebration of the 70 years of Porsche. It is so nice to be able to witness the camaraderie between all of the competitors and to see them actually race these vintage machines. 

The races came thick and fast and the action was bountiful, thankfully, even in the poor weather conditions there weren't too many accidents and the ones that did occur were minor. The heat was raised at the Chevrolet B6 and B8 class took to the circuit with flames flying left right and centre. This was a sight to behold and I was over the moon when I was able to catch the flames as the car

moved ever graceful around Druids. 

The historic touring cars ensured that we all remained awake with noises unlike any other car. You could feel the vibrations are the cars roared past chasing the leading pack. Pushing each other round Lodge corner and through Dear Leap they didn't leave anything to chance, the passion was lit and the trophies were waiting, The number 81 car wanted it that much that he pushed it a little too far on his penultimate lap and ended up the wrong way round at Lodge and in the gravel. This shows the desire of the drivers to use these cars in

the same manner that they were intended to be used when they were first constructed. I think is is safe for me to say that I saw more action packed racing this weekend than I have seen at some other major current motorsport race meetings. This has really fuelled me ready for my first ever visit to the Goodwood Revival Meeting next weekend. 

Until then, please keep safe and I hope that you enjoy my images.