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Crystal Palace holds an important place in the heritage of motor sport in Britain. Today few remember that it was the scene of some of the first competitions for pioneering motorists. In 1937 a permanent road course was constructed. Its urban setting and railway-sleeper lined track provided spectators and drivers with the closest experience available to continental style street racing. Closing in 1972, the circuit operated in what many feel to have been the “golden era” of motor racing. Amongst many other things it witnessed the dramatic arrival of Austrian future world champion Jochen Rindt on the international motor racing scene.


Over some 670 pages, this monumental work provides the fullest possible documentation of Crystal Palace’s motor racing history. Hardbound in two volumes, case bound in a slip case, it has almost 90 illustrations, mostly previously unpublished. After an introduction briefly setting out the history of the venue, the book chronicles year-by-year the motor sporting competitions, starting with the Pioneering Years – Competitions 1896-1906 where 28 events have been uncovered. Later motorcycle sport thrived with racing on the pathways of the grounds and speedway.
However, the main section of the book provides comprehensive data on all the car races held on the road circuit derived. Every race has a full entry list, including many chassis numbers of competing cars and, in most cases, full starting grids and results are provided. This data is followed by a description of the race and a lap chart of the leading positions. Motorcycle racing is not forgotten and all meetings are covered, albeit at a higher level. Finally the results of the sprints held from 1997 to 2000 are recorded.


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Crystal Palace record books (there are two volumes) continue to maintain the traditionally high standard of the Formula One Register’s other publications. The red covers are a welcome departure from the usual black and the two volumes are contained within a slipcase which adds to the air of exclusivity. An interesting departure from the norm is the inclusion of some black and white photographs. For the motor racing bookworm these volumes provide plenty of absorbing data about the old Crystal Palace circuit. Time passes by with each dip into the entertaining pages. It’s all here, thanks to the diligent work of Richard Page.

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