Archive for September 21st, 2013

September 21, 2013

Crystal Palace

A truly evocative image of one Jim Kanka putting his Triumph 650 through its paces at the South London venue in 1971.


Crystal Palace is where I learned to ride motorcycles. It was a little Suzuki 125cc that I tore around the stadium grounds and eventual streets of Beckenham, Penge and Sidcup.


Wonderful period poster promoting the suburban speed events. The Palace was a noted venue in the race calendar for two and four wheels alike.


The circuit was used from 1927 until ’72. The final year seeing an average lap record of 103.39 mph set by Mike Hailwood.