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Little Classics News: 16 May 2016

Motorsport at the Palace to Revive Historic Racing

Motorsport at the Palace

Held at Crystal Palace, one of the oldest venues used for racing in the world and the first place from which live televised motor-racing was ever broadcast, Motorsport at the Palace (Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May) attracts racing drivers from all over the world showcasing cars from historics right through to the latest supercars.

Around 200 cars from racing and rallying spanning over 100 years of motoring will be at this year’s show with Classes ranging from pre-war vintage to modern day, delivering high octane competition with around 100 cars running each day.

Motorsport at the Palace Ford Escort

There will also be a tribute to another famous use of Crystal Palace as in 1969, the venue was used to film scenes in the iconic motoring movie The Italian Job. The circuit’s inner field was used to film the van being blown up so the film’s star Michael Caine could say that immortal line; “You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off.”

The actual circuit was used by stunt drivers to practice the jumping sequence with the Mini Cooper cars as well as being used for part of the car chase itself.

In honour of the UK’s favourite motoring move, three replica Mini Coopers, in red, white and blue, from the film will be at Motorsport at the Palace. They will be on static display so fans can have pictures with these three famous cars as well as taking to the circuit for a parade lap at lunchtime each day.

Around 35-45 clubs will display their cars, with national groups on offer. There’s also a fantastic presence by the regional motoring clubs.

For those who prefer two-wheel motoring, there is a stunning collection of classic motorbikes with the tremendous line-up including a 1962 250 Aermacchi Ala D'oro, 1930 Scott Sidecar, 1966 Triumph Thuxton Bonneville, a 1961 BSA DBD Gold Star and many more.

Alongside all the motorsport action, car and bike displays, is the trader village as well as live music.



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