The remarkable turnout made for a fantastic start to the day’s racing.
The competitors were in good spirits thanks to the mild weather and the vast, excited crowd, and the officials were happy as they had very few hiccups to manage.
The sheer size of the crowd could have led to problems, but they were extremely well-behaved and made running the event much easier for everybody involved.
The day’s race programme consisted of seven solo and three sidecar races.
Of these seven, the two most eagerly anticipated events were the Crystal Palace Solo Grand Prix and the Crystal Palace Sidecar Grand Prix.
Both of these were 10-lap races, while the remaining five races were half that length.
Read more in December’s issue of TCM