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Experience the thrills of motor racing

PUBLISHED: 17:16 26 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:25 12 August 2010

CLASSIC: A Bank Holiday must for motoring enthusiasts.

CLASSIC: A Bank Holiday must for motoring enthusiasts.

MOTORSPORT fans can see, hear and smell the Formula One cars which sped legends like Stirling Moss to victory.

MOTORSPORT fans can see, hear and smell the Formula One cars which sped legends like Stirling Moss to victory.

The Motor Racing At The Crystal Palace event returns to Britain's oldest purpose-built racing track at Crystal Palace Park, this Bank Holiday weekend.

The two-day Ancaster Group sponsored event, the first of its kind for 10 years, is jointly organised by Sevenoaks and District Motor Club (SDMC) and Bromley council and will celebrate the history of racing at the Palace.

Managing director of Ancaster, Stephen Wood, said: "It's not every day you have the opportunity to become a part of history in the making. This event has south London roots older than our own. To see some truly fantastic pieces of machinery, old and new, will make these two days an event not to be missed."

Classic cars will be racing alongside state-of-the-art vehicles over the weekend to become champs of the track.

Electric and alternatively powered cars will also get their chance to shine with a new category dedicated to the vehicles of the future.

Apart from the racing there will be plenty of other attractions including race-car displays and mechanical demonstrations.

Chairman of SDMC, Martin Chinnery, said: "In many ways the Williams F1 car has a direct lineage to Crystal Palace. Williams are the archetypal English team and Crystal Palace is where motor racing began in this country.

"It seems fitting that visitors are able to appreciate this wonderful machine in the company of some equally beautiful classic racers."

The Crystal Palace circuit was first opened in 1927 and held a series of race meetings, before it was closed in 1974.

Competitors will each donate a minimum of £10 to support St Christopher's Hospice and the Royal London Society for the Blind.

n Tickets cost £10 per day and advance ones are available from www.motor sportatthepalace.co.uk

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