Motorsport at the Palace 2019

Having missed the 2016 and 2017 events and with the 2018 event being cancelled after a change back to the original organisers caused logistical problems, it was a pleasure to return to Crystal Palace park for the May Bank Holiday meeting. I would say there were slightly fewer competitors than previously and the event was definitely not as well attended.

The start line: The marshalls did a good job of staging the cars throughout the day and the temporary start line arch was not quite as ‘Toytown’ as it looks.

There was still quite a variety of machinery including hillclimb specials and single-seaters. This one was designed by its owner aged 14 in the back of a maths exercise book.

Nice F3 Brabham

Bullitt versus 007

Big tree bend: a hairpin at roughly the halfway point where the earlier machines demonstrate their ability to four-wheel-drift not having the benefits of modern suspension or grip levels.

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Matchbox Aston Martin

Think I probably have more models of Aston Martins than any other marque.

These two are both Matchbox 1-75 series. The DB2/4 is No. 53a (first issue) produced from 1958 to 1963.

The F1 car is a DBR5, No. 19c, produced from 1961 to 1965. The original appeared in only one event when two cars were entered in the 1960 British Grand Prix: Roy Salvadori retired and Maurice Trintignant finished 11th. The failure of the R5 meant that Aston withdrew from Formula One and have made no entries since.