on the Bennett Run 'Rest Day'
Saturday 20th September
Amazing cars, Live
Bands, Personalities, Tours, Grand Parade
"Open to all Cadillacs, Cadillac devotees and general enthusiasts"
Venue - Crystal Palace Park, south London
‘Grand International 2003’ and the 'Cadillac Spectacular' were held to
commemorate Cadillac's arrival in England in 1903 - powered by this
single-cylinder engine below.
lawns among the trees in the picture above and those alongside the remains
Crystal Palace race circuit below formed an idyllic setting for Cadillacs of all ages
devotees from many countries were at the ‘Spectacular’ in Crystal Palace
Park, the starting and finishing point of the 1903 RAC 1000-mile Reliability
The Queen Alexandra/Prince Olaf Baby Cadillac
1/3-scale Cadillac Roadster, powered by and used to demonstrate the first-ever
electric self-starter, was last seen driving the streets of central London and
at Sandringham in Norfolk over ninety years ago. Made in London under Frederic
Bennett’s direction in 1912, it was bought by Queen Alexandra as a present for
her grandson Prince Olaf of Norway. The Norsk Teknisk Museum, the custodians of
the car for the Norwegian Royal Family, along with the Cadillac Motor Company
arranged for the one-off appearance at the Queens Hotel, Crystal Palace (being
inspected by Sir Stirling Moss).
Everyone was Welcome
Alan Murphy, the organiser of this one-off special event, made all who attended feel truly welcome - be they club members, enthusiasts or members of the public. Sir Stirling Moss, the international motoring ace, was there to welcome them too, here trying out Jerry Thurston's Caddy-engined Allard.
Senior members of the Royal Automobile Club were present, as were those from the Cadillac-LaSalle Club of America. Julian Bennett, with the family's 1903 Model A Cadillac, was there on the 'rest day' from the centennial re-enactment of the RAC 1000-mile Reliability Trial. Julian's attempt at this fourth re-run, carried out as a fund-raiser for BEN, the Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund, ended up as a great success.