Racing greats return to Crystal Palace


This year's Motorsport at the Palace event will rewind the clock to 1971, the year that Mike Crabtree, Gerry Marshall and Martin Thomas kept avid racing fans to their TVs during an epic race-long battle in the Osram Saloon car race.

The sprint revival, which takes place on 25-26 May, is set in the grounds of the Crystal Palace (which burned to the ground in 1936) and utilises what is left of the once glorious circuit.

The London venue will play host to the Ford Escort Mk1 RS1600 that Crabtree campaigned in that race, with the man himself again getting behind the wheel. The Chevrolet Camaro of Martin Thomas will also be present, while an exact replica of Gerry Marshall's Vauxhall Viva GT will also make an appearance.

In addition, other period racers will also be on display including George Whitehead's WRA Anglia and a Ford Cortina Mk2, driven by Jon Doubleday.

That famous 1971 battle is still etched in the memory of Mike Crabtree: "When I watch this race on YouTube I still get sweaty palms, even after 43 years. My car sustained more dents in that race that I had gathered throughout the whole season."

The paddock will be fully open to the public, allowing visitors to inspect the cars on show while also mingling with the drivers and mechanics.

As well as racing saloons there is also a concours competition and classic motorcycles will be conducting demonstration runs throughout the day.

Historic touring cars also played an important role at the recent 72nd Members' Meeting, with Emanuele Pirro storming through the field in the Gerry Marshall Trophy.

As well as the on-track demonstrations, the event also hosts a classic car show. Club stands of more than five cars are welcome, as are retail and trade stands, while an area of the public car part caters for individual classics.

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The following clubs are confirmed to attend this year's event:
Alfa Romeo Owners Club Kent and
East Sussex Section
B.I.G Car Club
Billy's Bangers
Bromley MG
Classic Racing Motorcycle Club
Corrado Club GB
Daimler and Lanchester OC
First generation Honda
Honda UK
Jaguar Enthusiasts Club
John Adams
Kent Capri and Ford Club
Kent Ferrari
Kent Kit Car Club
Lotus 7 Club
Lotus Cortina Register
MG Car Club SE
MG's on Track
North Essex Triumph Club
P6 Rover Club
Reliant Sabre & Scimitar Owners Club
South East Old Skool
Sunbeam Alpine OC
Surrey Vintage Vehicle Society
The Imp Club
Toyota MR2 Club/MR2 Drivers Club
Triumph Sports Six Club M25 East Area
Triumph Stag OC


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