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.
Usually held on the Spring Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday this year was held on the last weekend in May (Saturday & Sunday) to avoid clashing with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Possibly the hottest 2 days of the year…..not a cloud in the sky in this view of the approach to the track from the terrace area which once formed part of the Crystal Palace itself.
The track is about 0.5 miles & uses part of the the pre-war inner link, starting to the South of the concert bowl & joining the main track via a hair-pin & finishing in the elevated section to the North of the bowl. The red(ish) line below gives a rough line followed.
The warm weather improved times over previous years & 33 secs was a good time for the day.
There was good variety of machinery from a 1950 Doctor’s car running in production saloons….
To full blown Le Mans replicas…..
(Via Hamish Jordan)
& all things in between….
Wide boy Anglias…who didn’t have one?
Hill climb specials
An F3 Cooper T72
A Royale RP21 Driven by David Brise
& many more, from tiny Minis, to thundering pre war brutes & encompassing an eerily silent Nissan Leaf. On the Saturday there was even a Chaparral 2C