Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Classic Cars Reign Supreme

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Classic Cars Reign Supreme

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LAST year, more than 5,000 spectators enjoyed a thrilling weekend of motor racing at Crystal Palace, with a wide range of classic, thoroughbred and contemporary racing cars scorching around an exciting hill climb circuit. Now plans for this year's event, which the organisers promise will be even bigger and better, are being finalised.

More than 200 classic and modern cars have already been confirmed for the sprint event dubbed 'Motorsport at the Palace'. Clubs and organisations including the Colin Chapman Museum, the AA Heritage Collection, the Ferrari Owners' Club and the Historic Rally Car Register will also be displaying their vehicles at the event over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 29 and 30.

Intriguingly, electric and alternativelyfuelled cars will also be battling it out in their own unique class. Elsewhere, visitors to the family-orientated event organised by the Sevenoaks and District Motor Club will be able to stroll around the open paddock, meeting the drivers and admiring the vehicles.

The Brooklands Motorcycle Museum will be demonstrating classic and vintage bikes from their world-famous collection, and Roary the Racing Car will make an appearance in the Roary Zone for children.

"Motorsport at Crystal Palace exemplifies the kind of family-orientated event that works so well in our capital's parks," said the Mayor of Bromley. "The organisers put on a great show. We're certainly looking forward to this year's event, which I'm sure will build on last year's success and give residents a Bank Holiday to remember."

Following the success of the last event, the organisers are promising even more variety and excitement, not least thanks to the backing of a major motor dealer group, which has confirmed a three-year sponsorship package for the event. Ancaster Group, which has been established in the south London area for more than 50 years, said it was backing the "exciting" project while also using it to showcase its own cars. …

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