Motorsport at the Palace

Published: 07:30AM Jun 9th, 2014
By: Alan Turner
This was the fifth year of 'Motorsport at the Palace' where the Sevenoaks & District Motor Club evokes memories of the years when the south London circuit hosted major road race events, many of which entered racing folklore...
Motorsport at the Palace

Ignoring the rain and the slippery surface, Dave Currell gets his Hillman Imp-engined outfit fired up.

Much of the original circuit, which closed in 1972, is still traceable, but there was an earlier track layout, some of which also survives. A selection of parts of both makes a tricky 740-metre sprint course.

While the cars compete, the invited motorcycle element is still little more than a static display, although the bikes can be fired up three times a day and even ridden around a small, if rather rough, tarmac area. The Classic Racing Motorcycle Club and various individuals had provided machines. While there was plenty of enthusiasm to get the bikes running in Sunday's near-perfect weather, Monday was blighted with rain and many of those present stayed under cover. However, the bikes are always popular with the spectators.

Next year, the organisers hope to establish an arrangement to allow motorcycles to ride the sprint course. Whether this will be a timed competition remains to be seen, but the mood at present is optimistic.

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