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Date:- 1 May 2006

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IT was a lovely spring morning when we set out for Oulton Park Race Circuit hoping that we were going in the right direction. That was because I could not find it on my computer map, nor on my road map, so I decided to head for Tarporley in Cheshire! Luckily it was well sign-posted on the A49 and we arrived well ahead of time.

Having parked our car, we proceeded to look at some of the vintage racing cars which were being unloaded, although some of the vintage Lagondas and a Bugatti as well as an Invicta (driven by Alan brown from Oldham) arrived under their own power. Incidently, this is a area where the vintage Lagonda Club is situated.

We next went in for a coffee and briefing. We were told about the VSCC, Vintage Sports-Car Club by the very efficent secretary. The Club HQ is based in the Midlands and they use various race tracks, in different areas of the country, for the joint benefit of members and the general public. Their address is VSCC, The Old Post Office, West Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5EL.

We then mounted an old 1920's, open-top, double-decker, ex-London bus to tour the circuit. If you wnat to have a go in that bus, well you can take a tour of Chester in it! More next week about that... We watched the VSCC racing-cars driving round the circuit at racIng speed and obtained some fine pictures. It was exciting watching the flailing arms and gear changing taking place so visibly as they passed us. Upon returning to the paddock, some of us went as passengers in selected racing-cars for several circuits round the course, most exhilarating!

Among the the cars taking part in this pre-view day were a 1929 Invicta Sports Tourer, Several Lagondas of 1930's vintage, a 1930 AC/GN Special, several 1920's Bugatti's (some Types 37A and a 35), a '34 Frazer Nash Single Seater 'Norris Special', a '53 C Type Jaguar, a '53 Cooper Bristol, and a vintage Vauxhall, as well as a 1952 J2 Allard.

I had the privilege to have a ride, for 4 circuits, around this very tight and demanding course, in one of the Bugattis; it was a tremendous experience, and honour, to be driven by such an enthusiastic driver. My boss had a fastish drive round in the Invicta.

If you have never been to the Oulton Race circuit, I can honestly say that it is well worth a visit. It is well managed, situated in an area of real beauty and the majority of the circuit can be seen from most vantage points.

Our sincere thanks go to Gillian Carr for a most exhilarating morning and for such a well organised meet. One can see all ages of vintage racing cars from Edwardian through the 1950's at most VSCC meetings.

The NEXT MEETING of the Club at Oulton Park is on the 10 June 2006, gates open at 8.30am, practising from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and the first race is at 1.30pm. There is free access to the paddock and all spectator areas.

Tickets are £15 in advance or £20 on the day per person with under 13's free and no charge for parking.

Ticket booking line: 0870 950 9000. website booking and information

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