With the car’s designer Len Terry looking on proudly, Peter Horsman and Jac Nelleman took their Lotus Climax 17 to a fine Gentleman Drivers victory during the annual Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting.
Nelleman reckons Horsman’s car is working better than when he owned it, and their combined skills kept the car ahead in slippery track conditions. Bill Wykeham and John Bendall gave their all to keep the twitchy Iso Bizzarrini in the hunt once Jim Minshaw had dinged his E-type.
A magnificent Formula Junior contest headlined Sunday’s racing as Urs Eberhardt, Denis Welch and Michael Hibberd battled, ending in that order. No one could counter Martin O’Connell in the 2-litre sportscar races, as he twice blitzed Sandy Watson’s Chevron B19 to victory. Richard Piper’s B31 led the chase, while Watson himself later claimed Classic Sports glory in his B8.
Frank Lyons took a Derek Bell Trophy double in his F5000 Lola T332, while Matthew Watts scored Classic Racing Car victory in his Brabham BT16.