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.

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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.

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

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