Historic and Classic Formula Fords from the Historic Sports Car Club will be in action at this year’s Oulton Park Gold Cup on July 28-30.

The combined grid of period Formula Fords from the HSCC will drop into the Gold Cup schedule for a double-header meeting in place of the planned Thundersports races and is sure to deliver some of the weekend’s closest and most exciting racing.

It is hoped that a bumper grid of cars will gather for the races that are being named in the memory of Simon Arron, who sadly died last November at the age of just 61. Arron was a widely respected and popular motor sport journalist and photographer who had a particular love of racing at Oulton Park. The race will honour his memory and should provide some fitting race action at his favourite circuit.

Historic Formula Ford covers the early years of the category from 1967 up until 1971, while Classic Formula Ford takes the FF1600 story on another decade to the end of 1981. The twin HSCC championships are renowned for delivering tremendous race action from a host of talented racers.

The Formula Fords will be contesting a pair of non-championship races and it is hoped to attract a capacity grid of 34 cars. The race entry fee has been structured to reduce as the grid grows, and a maximum grid will bring the entry fee for a qualifying session and two races down to £450.

Andy Dee-Crowne, CEO of the HSCC, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to introduce Historic and Classic Formula Ford into the Gold Cup programme. To have the races named in memory of Simon Arron makes it particularly special for everyone. Simon was a good friend of the Club, and I’m sure he would have approved of these races being named in his memory.”