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Oulton Outin’

Posted in Family Outings, motorsport, oulton park by Dennis Wright on August 27, 2007

Not a cheap place to go for one’s Bank Holiday Monday family outing. Four of us at £20 each, no concessions.

The Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting is the North’s answer to the Goodwood Revival historic racing car event, so there were some historic cars such as John Polson’s 1934 Talbot Alpine:

oulton park gold cup

Or Martin Overington’s 1929 Bentley Blower. Note the expert panning photographic technique – so the car comes out reasonably sharp but the background is blurred, emphasising the impression of speed. I was quite pleased with this one.

oulton park gold cup

A more recent Bentley: the Speed 8 which won Le Mans in 2003.

oulton park gold cup

The highlight of the day was probably the Rally Stage Demonstration, where for £35 a pop professional rally drivers take members of the public round 3 laps of the rally course internal to the main Oulton circuit. It was great to watch the cars doing their power slides with tyres screeching. Jonny had a go as a passenger in a Ford Escort Cosworth:

oulton park gold cup

oulton park gold cup

oulton park gold cup

oulton park gold cup

Esther enjoyed the grass best. Either eating it or throwing it over people.

oulton park gold cup

Another panning shot – this time Peter Lanfranchi driving a 1961 E-Type Jag in the HSCC Guards Trophy event.

oulton park gold cup


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  1. James M Driver said, on September 21, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Hope the photos came OK and that you can recognise the faces. We were all a lot younger then. I have always been a great fan of Stirling and share the same birthdate although a little younger.Much of my teen and twenties time was spent at Oulton and with many of the guys from the Mid Cheshire Motor Club. Mike

  2. Jonny Wright said, on September 21, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Mike – if you have old photos of Oulton, I’d love to see them. Could you email me? It’s mail[at] (replacing [at] with an @ sign). Thanks very much!

  3. James M Driver said, on September 21, 2007 at 6:17 am

    I have old photos I took at the 1961 Gold Cup at Oulton. Moss,Hill, Brabham and Jim Clark on the track and a number of candid pit photos of Surtees, Salvadori,Moss and Brabham. Photos are black and white and I am not sure if they would reproduce well on e-mail but if anyone is intrested I am willing to send them. Regards Mike Driver

  4. Dennis Wright said, on August 28, 2007 at 7:25 am

    Naomi’s first reaction to the picture of the Talbot Alpine at the beginning of this post was “Did you take that?” She wondered whether I’d used a professional stock picture.

    I could take that either of two ways but I’m taking it as a compliment.

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