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.

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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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