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International Gold Cup Meeting - Oulton Park

Oulton Park, Great Britain

Date: 19/9/1964
Track length: 4.443 m
Entries accepted:

Pole position: Sears in 1.55,6
Fastest lap: Sears in 1.57,4

Distance: 19 laps
Average speed: 134,88 kmh
Weather: Dry
Ruleset: Group 2
Car info: 1964 Cars


Never was there such a traffic jam as developed at Old Hall Corner, with cars scraping paint as drivers jostled for positions behind Jack Sears in the thundering Galaxie. The big Willment car eventually broke away from the pack, closely followed by Jim Clark, Bob Olthoff, Mike Spence, and Andre Baldet in their Lotus Cortinas. Brabham had made a poor start with his Galaxie, but by lap two had climbed into fifth place.
It looked as if Sears would run away with the race, but the stop watches showed that on the fifth lap he had dropped nearly 2 seconds. to Clark. Brabham had pushed his Galaxie past Olthoff to take third place, and Boley Pittard had brought his Lotus Cortina into the reckoning behind Spence and Baldet. Rhodes was leaving all his rivals in the 1300 cc class.
Sears was fated to stay in the lead for just one more lap, for he pulled on to the grass near Knickerbrook with ignition failure. The order now became Clark, Brabham, Olthoff, Spence, Pittard, Baldet and Rhodes. Chris Craft retired his Anglia, and young was not getting a look-in with the flying Rhodes.
On the unlucky 13th lap, Spence overturned his Cortina at Esso when a tyre burst without damaging himself, while Hulme retired his Mini Cooper S with no oil pressure. John Love hit the bank at Esso when his throttle stuck. Brabham had little hope of getting to grips with Jim Clark and by lap 15 he was 17.2 seconds. adrift and having trouble in stopping the big machine. Next time round the enterprising Olthoff had snapped the Willment Lotus Cortina into second place and gradually pulled away from his 7-litre rival.
Liz Jones, Anita Taylor and her brother Trevor waged tempestuous battle in their Mini’s. Trevor Taylor had braking problems with his Mini Cooper S, and dropped several places after a spin out at Old Hall. Clark had a locking front brake, which produced clouds of blue smoke from the tyre but didn't seem to affect his lap speeds. So it finished, with Jim Clark an easy winner followed by Olthoff and Brabham; then came Pittard, Baldet, the remarkable Mini-Cooper S of Rhodes, Newman's Lotus Cortina and McLaren's 3.8 Jaguar. In the ladies battle, Liz beat Anita to the line by half a length.

Class A-D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Group Distance,
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
1 1 80 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jim Clark, GB
1594 L4 B 19 laps, 37.33,2 2 1.58,0 1.57,4  
2 2 82 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Lotus Cortina
Bob Olthoff, ZA
1594 L4 B 19 laps, 37.51,4 3 1.58,6    
3 1 93 Alan Brown Racing Ltd
Ford Galaxie
Jack Brabham, AUS
6997 V8 D 19 laps, 38.08,0 4 1.58,6    
4 3 83 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Lotus Cortina
Boley Pittard, GB
1594 L4 B 19        
5 4 87 Moto Baldet Racing Team
Ford Lotus Cortina
Andre Baldet, GB
1594 L4 B 19        
6 1 77 Downton Engineering Ltd.
Austin Mini Cooper S
John Rhodes, GB
1293 L4 A 19 laps, 38.58,8   2.00,4 2.01,0  
7 5 85  
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jack Newman, GB
1594 L4 B          
8 1 91 Park Garage (Watford) Ltd.
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Chris McLaren, GB
3781 L6 C       2.03,0  
9 6 86  
Ford Lotus Cortina
Graham Lynch, GB
1594 L4 B          
10 2 63 Superspeed Conversions Ltd.
Ford Anglia Super
Mike Young, GB
1198 L4 A          
11 3 74 Don Moore
Austin Mini Cooper S
Mike Campbell-Cole, GB
1293 L4 A          
12 7 88 Curtis Smith Racing Team
Ford Lotus Cortina
Robin Smith, GB
1594 L4 B          
13 4 76 A.K.L. Fielding
Austin Mini Cooper S
Peter Sutcliffe, GB
1293 L4 A          
14 5 75 Alexander Engineering Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Elizabeth Jones, GB
1293 L4 A          
15 6 71 Aurora Gear Racing
Morris Mini Cooper S
Anita Taylor, GB
1293 L4 A          
16 2 90 Red Rose Motors (Chester)
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Charles Bridges, GB
3781 L6 C          
17 7 70 Aurora Gear Racing
Morris Mini Cooper S
Trevor Taylor, GB
1293 L4 A          
  8 65 Vitafoam Developments
Morris Mini Cooper S
Harry Ratcliffe, GB
1293 L4 A         Lost oil
Austin Mini Cooper S
Robert Vincent, GB
1071 L4 A          
    67 Boormans Perfomance Equipment
Austin Mini Cooper S
Peter Pilsworth, GB
1293 L4 A          
    68 Team Broadspeed
Austin Mini Cooper S
M. Merrick, GB
1293 L4 A          
    69 J. Middlehurst & Sons
Morris Mini Cooper S
Phil Middlehurst, GB
1293 L4 A          
    72 Don Moore
Austin Mini Cooper S
Peter Clarke, GB
1293 L4 A          
DNF   94 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Galaxie
Jack Sears, GB
6997 V8 D   1 1.55,6 1.57,4 Ignition
DNF   62 Superspeed Conversions Ltd.
Ford Anglia Super
Chris Craft, GB
1198 L4 A          
DNF   81 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Mike Spence, GB
1594 L4 B         Accident
DNF   73 Don Moore
Austin Mini Cooper S
Denny Hulme, NZ
1293 L4 A         Oil pressure
DNF   64 Cooper Car Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S
John Love, RSR
1293 L4 A         Accident