The Crystal Palace Racetrack


Race-cars, motorbikes and saloons - over the years, Crystal Palace had them all

 

 

A sad but understandable
ending to a great tradition

Crystal Palace racing first started in 1927 when motorcycles raced around the pathways of the Park. In 1953, the Crystal Palace Circuit was opened for motor racing and, until 1973, was used by such greats as Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and many others.

From 1997-2000, once a year, part of the track was re-opened for a two-day 'sprint' meet organised by the Sevenoaks and District Motor Club. The event attracted entries from all over the country and was invariably over-subscribed, resulting in 'special interest' cars be given priority. On two occasions, the one-off Courier-Cadillac was one such entrant, gaining much spectator interest and enthusiasm.

Parts of the track are still clearly visible but, due to the close proximity of residential areas, the sound of highly-tuned exhausts would seem to have fallen silent for the last time.