The CSCC are proud to announce that its JMC Racing Special Saloons and Modsports races, at the Oulton Park Gold Cup will be named the 'Tony Sugden Trophy'. This is in honour and recognition by the CSCC and circuit owner MSV, of one of the best loved and well-known special saloon drivers.
Qualifying takes place on Saturday 30th July, with two races on Sunday July 31st afternoon.
The Gold Cup is a well-established, high-quality event that has featured some of racing’s greats, performing in front of large crowds. We will open entries to this race later in May. This is the original announcement: https://www.classicsportscarclub.co.uk/post/special-saloons-modsports-at-oulton-park-gold-cup
Deputy Series Representative, Dave Smith continues: Few others enjoyed such longevity in motorsport than Tony, who started with grasstrack motorbikes in 1949, progressing to bike circuit racing, sprints/hillclimbs, switching to car circuit racing in 1968 and finally retiring from racing aged 71 in 2003. This 54-year career included the heyday of special saloon racing during the 1970s with his faithful Ford Escort mark 1. After moving into club GT racing with a Lotus Esprit silhouette Tony enjoyed his most successful years during the 1990's, in a 500 bhp turbocharged Skoda. He was a familiar sight at Oulton Park as he won the ‘large class’ of the BARC-NW Sports/Saloons an amazing 12 times between 1989 and 2003 against other highly modified competition over those years. In all, Tony started around 750 races in cars during his career. His Oulton Park record is particularly impressive. He first raced here in 1956, on a BSA motorbike and in cars raced a total of 147 times, with 49 outright wins ( 63 class wins ).
Still just as passionate about racing, Tony spent the years since his racing retirement serving as a safety car driver and as a race steward. It was little surprise then that he spent his 90th birthday recently at the CSCC round at Thruxton. 'I’m honoured to be recognised this way' he said 'and I know the special saloons will help put on a great show at the Gold Cup'.
For more information about the event, please visit the Gold Cup website here.