The Historic Sports Car Club has revealed more details of a special race for pre ‘66 Jaguars at the Oulton Park Gold Cup (29-31 August).

The Dunlop Historic Trophy for Pre ’66 Jaguars will be a special one-hour race during the high-profile historic race meeting at the Cheshire track, with mandatory pit stops and the option of two drivers. Along with a 30-minute qualifying session, the event will offer Jaguar racers an hour and a half of track time for a very competitive entry fee in line with regular HSCC fees. In addition, testing will be available on Saturday morning.

The race will be open to all types of Jaguars, with classes and awards for E-types in both standard and race modified specification, Mk1 and Mk2 saloons and the XK range. An invitation class will be open to suitable cars that do not fully meet pre ’66 specification.

The race will celebrate a long association between the HSCC and racing Jaguars, which started when Neil Corner’s D-type won the first race in the HSCC story at Castle Combe in 1966. At the conclusion of the 1969 season, the Historic Jaguar Trophy was awarded for the first time and the recipient was David Beckett for his performances in a Lister Jaguar. The trophy was presented to the HSCC by D-type racer Peter Skidmore.

HSCC CEO Andy Dee-Crowne said: “The loss of the Jaguar Classic Challenge to the COVID-19 pandemic was a great disappointment to Jaguar racers, but the Club is honouring its commitment to them with a chance to get back racing in this special race at Oulton Park. We’re looking forward to a wide range of pre ’66 Jaguars joining the grid and I’d like to ask all intending competitors to enter as quickly as possible. We are grateful to John Pearson and Dunlop for their support for this race.”

On-line entries for the annual Oulton Park Gold Cup can be made via the HSCC website at: hscc.org.uk