1947 Monaco 500cc


1947 Monaco 500 cc, driven by John Potts, waits at the start line at the Crystal Palace sprint meeting in May 2010.

Not MotorSport at the Palace 2014

Having been thwarted in my attempts to reach this year’s meeting on the Bank Holiday Monday by a minor domestic crisis & three different transport fails, I have no new photo’s. to display.

So I will pick a favourite from each of the four preceding years to make up for it. & look forward hopefully to next year, which if the proposed development goes ahead as it stands, may be the last if the exclusivity zone demanded by the developers is allowed. Whatever one’s views about the site of the old Crystal Palace the extent of the exclusivity zone is not acceptable.


Maserati Monza Special




Surtees TS11 F5000





Ford GT40 Replica




1959 AC Single Seater


Crystal Palace Spring Bank Holiday Meeting 2013: Part 2

As said in part one there were fewer interesting cars this year, although there was still a large entry.

I once had an MG Midget (with full length Ashley hard top). It didn’t have a front bumper either but wasn’t as quick as this one.  Mine was great fun but got run over by a cement truck.


Cooper Bristol….didn’t have one of those….


The paddock was as open & friendly as ever


There was a good static display, although very often a lot of the cars disappear even before the day’s running has been completed.

To continue my slight obsession with pre Chrysler Rootes group products here’s a Singer Gazelle. I think it is a series 3B from about 1961


So then it was time to visit one of the famous guardians of the old Crystal Palace @crystal_sphinx on Twitter…


& for a first look at the re-furbished & re-opened original railway station booking hall.


The Chapel referred to in an earlier post was actually where the ticket office now is.


It was good to see the station being generally improved & restored.

Crystal Palace Spring Bank Holiday Meeting May 27 2013

Once again the Palace Park was lucky with the weather. Warm & sunny but not as hot as last year,  & rather more blowy. There was a larger entry list (I think) but some familiar machines were missing,  lots more slightly mundane  “tin-tops”,  some more pre & immediate post war cars & fewer formula cars, although there were a number of hill climb specials. Overall still a very enjoyable day/afternoon out, but I think attendance was possibly slightly down on previous years.

This Force PT from 2000 took FTD & broke the course record, with 32.87.


Possibly my favourite car of the day, a 1959 AC single seater running as an invitational.


More Vintage stuff this year..