By 1973, non-championship Formula 1 races were history and Oulton Park's feature races, the Gold Cup and traditional Good Friday meeting, turned to Formula 5000 and eventually to National F1 and F2 categories. The races attracted top national and international drivers such as Redman, Gethin, Purley, Guy Edwards and Teddy Pilette, and the racing remained as entertaining and the cars as spectacular as ever. Occasionally, the stars did come back to Oulton, the Tour of Britain bringing Graham Hill, James Hunt and rallying's Roger Clark and Billy Coleman. World champions-to-be Alan Jones, Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell honed their skills in Formula Ford, F3 and F5000, while club racing thrived. 100 superb pictures, many previously unpublished, recall this period of consolidation at the beautiful Cheshire circuit.
In the 1970s, Formula 5000 was more than filling the gap left by contemporary F1 cars, and the major races at the popular Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park - the Gold Cup and the traditional Good Friday meetings - were as spectacular and exciting as ever. New events such as the Avon Tour of Britain brought occasional visits from established stars such as James Hunt and Graham Hill competing alongside Roger Clark, Billy Coleman and other great names from the world of rallying. Meanwhile, in Formula Ford and F3 the stars of the future were to be seen. World champions to be, Alan Jones, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet raced regularly at Oulton, as did future F1 team owners Eddie Jordan and Tom Walkinshaw. Stir into the mix saloons, single seaters and sports cars vying for glory in a growing number of national championships and one-off club races, and you have the recipe that kept Oulton Park at the forefront of British motor racing. The new, shorter Foster's circuit, introduced in 1975, meant more laps per race and more action for the spectators. The pictures in this book capture the era perfectly and bring it back to life. With 100 colour and B+W photos, many previously unpublished.
About the author
Peter McFadyen has photographed motor sport since the 1960s' and his work has appeared in many books, including the leading annual, Autocourse. For many years, he contributed photographs and race reports from Oulton Park, Aintree, Donington and other UK circuits to magazines such as Motoring News (now Motorsport News), and especially Autosport. His first volume in the Those were the days series covered racing at Oulton Park in the 1960s, and was published in 2006. Currently, Peter races a Lotus Elan in the Classic Sports Car Club’s (CSCC) Swinging Sixties series and other classic races. He is also a member of the Lotus Driver’s Club, for whom he has served as competition secretary, and as Editor of the club’s magazine, Chicane, to which he is still a regular contributor.