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Crystal Palace London’s own circuit

2012 : Fastest Time of the Day went to Gary Thomas, driving the Force PT. Gary blitzed the competition with a stunning time of 33.80 seconds, three tenths quicker than second-place man Fryth Crosse in the Ensign.
see FTD class shots here

The real stars at this years event were the cars and in 2012 over 200 diverse vehicles battled it out on track.

RWCS Photographs of most of the entries are in the sections in the light-box:

Image sets are being uploaded over the next couple of days so come back to check we have a stock of 3500+ from the event : If you don't see your car or bike vehicle your interested then please email [email protected] or call Rob on 07768900333 : Prints Small Format are purchasable on this site or ring for custom large high quality wide format options :


One Saturday in May 1899, a group of enthusiasts gathered by the River Thames, set on indulging in their new-found passion; motor sport. The enthusiasts then drove in procession to the famous Crystal Palace in Upper Norwood where, for the first time in the UK, they raced on a closed course. British motor racing was born.

Races ran for four years from 1899 over various courses in the park and events at the world’s first motor racing venue became fixtures on both motoring and social event calendars. The lap record was set at an average speed of 36mph and very close races were held on a banked oval, plus other circuits running around the park’s pathways.
Racing returned, restricted to motorcycles, on the now-traditional May date in 1927, and another new track was constructed the following year for the Glaziers motorcycle
speedway team. A quarter-mile oval, it ran around the perimeter of the sports field.

Crowds of 30,000 would turn out to watch the action, many dressed in the black and orange colours of the local team. The speedway promoters also brought back car racing, running races for midget cars on the loose-surface oval.
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