50 YEARS ON ......

Stirling Moss driving a Maserati 250F

19th August, 2004

Inaugural Oulton Park Gold Cup winner Sir Stirling Moss will be reunited with a Maserati 250F at this year’s 50th anniversary celebration event on 29th & 30th August.

Although not the actual 250F that Moss raced back in 1954, the car will be just like the one in which he took that famous victory. He will complete several demonstration laps around the Cheshire circuit on the Monday in the 270bhp machine.

The Gold Cup was originally a non-championship race for the Grand Prix cars of the day but new rules brought in during the mid-‘70s banned Grand Prix cars from racing outside the Formula 1 World Championship.

These days the Gold Cup is more a celebration of historic racing and, just like the original events, gathers together the Grand Prix machines of the sport’s halcyon days, with races for pre-’61 front-engined GP cars and rear-engined pre’66 GP cars.

Back in August 1954, Moss was a young charger who took victory in the very first Gold Cup race against all the odds. His 250F arrived in the UK from the factory in Italy on the morning of the race, so he was unable to qualify, and had to start from the back of the grid.

Despite this, Moss tore through the pack and was seventh by the end of lap one, before taking the lead on lap 10. After that he proved his mastery further by romping away into the distance.

Moss’s return to the cockpit of the 250F at Oulton is sure to evoke strong memories for the man himself as well as those who were present at the original meeting, which has become part of UK motorsport folklore. When he’s not out on track, Stirling is sure to be found in the paddock and is always happy to meet the public and sign autographs.

More Formula 1, Formula 5000 and Formula Atlantic machinery can be seen in the Historic Sports Car Club’s Derek Bell Trophy event, while an eclectic mix of racing cars from the saloons of the ‘60s to the throaty sportscars of the ‘50s will complete a packed weekend of on-track action.

Off track more than 1,000 classic cars will be on display, a death-defying wing-walking display and a flypast by the glorious Merlin-engined Spitfire. Fairground rides, bouncing castles and a free open paddock allow spectators to get up close and personal with the cars and chat to their drivers.

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