Lotus 43

Model by Italian manufacturer Politoys in their ‘Penny’ series. Lotus 43-BRM. The original was driven in only five races in 1966-1967 finishing only one of them, the 1966 American GP, which it won in the hands of Jim Clark.

This is about 1:60 scale and via eBay for virtually no money.


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.


Two Matchbox 1-75 series No.52a (1st issue) Maserati 4CLTs; production 1958-1965. Came as a pair for less than £5. Both colours are factory original but the red one has been touched in, in parts and the decals messed with. The yellow one came without decals or driver but replacements have been obtained. Original plan was to only keep one but the yellow one has wire wheels and the red one was more or less complete. So, after refurbishment ended up keeping both. Approximately 1:60 scale.

Crystal Palace Sprint Meeting 2015

The rain held off and there was a reasonable selection of machinery for this year’s meeting back at the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May.

Particularly liked an awesome Cooper-Daimler V8 with a lady driver.


But spent far too much time inspecting a 1952 Aston-Butterworth Grand Prix with its unusual flat-4 engine. In reality it was unreliable and had a tendency to catch fire!!


Cockpit would give a modern GP driver nightmares for life!