Crystal Palace event a huge success

Clive Temple
Clive Temple

London echoed to the sound of racing engines again last weekend when the Sevenoaks and District Motor Club oversaw the fourth annual running of their Motorsport at the Palace event at Crystal Palace.

A capacity entry of well over 200 competitors lined-up across the two-day event on Sunday and Monday to participate on a sprint course measuring nearly 800 metres that used many parts of the palace park’s pre and post war circuit layouts.

The South London venue hosted racing events from the 1930s through the early 1970s, with its track graced in period by racing greats such as Raymond Mays, Richard Seaman, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt and James Hunt.

Whittlebury’s Clive Temple took to the pathways for the 2013 Motorsport at the Palace event in his Amilcar across the weekend, while Jamie Kenny drove Temple’s Riley Brooklands during the opening day of action.

Fastest overall, and winner of the event, was Gary Thomas in his 1070cc-powered Force 2000 car – seeing off the challenge from Andy Laurence in his ADR and David Seaton in his Pilbeam MP43-BMW.

Buckingham’s Charles Reynolds was the winner of the class catering for period racing machines, driving his Cooper 500cc to victory against a number of other 500cc racing machines and Temple’s Amilcar.