Motorsport at the Palace returns to Crystal Palace on the weekend of 24-25 May 2015 with exciting new attractions and famous names, like Joe Dunphy, Bill Hodgkins and Colin Seeley, in attendance

Loris Capirossi’s MotoGP Ducati on Display ‘Lost’ Aston Butterworth Unveiled After 50 Years Classic Motorcycles to Parade on Track

For the first time, classic motorcycles, sidecars and scooters will take to the track for parade demonstration laps over the course of Motorsport at the Palace, an adrenaline-packed annual event. Many of the motorcycles and riders featuring in the parades raced at Crystal Palace in the 1950s and ‘60s, and famous names in attendance include Joe Dunphy, Bill Hodgkins and Colin Seeley.

Among the static displays, visitors will find an extremely rare MotoGP Ducati ridden by Loris Capirossi and a stunning MZ GP motorcycle, raced in the 1960s by the famous East German rider Ernst Degner.
This year’s event will also see the unveiling of an Aston Butterworth Formula 2 car, which has been hidden away for over 50 years. Current owner, Gerald Philbrick, has chosen Motorsport at the Palace to reveal this unique car, returning it to the venue where it last raced 62 years ago.


Motor Sport at the Palace, #170 Andrew Mortimer – Fiat 508C TT (Mike Lambert/Gridshots.com)

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a rare collection of racing karts from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, alongside children’s’ fairground rides, electric karts, the ever-popular Diggerland and the on-site Ancaster showroom. Plus, the friendly paddock will be open to visitors so that you can get up close to the cars and chat to the drivers before they take to the track.

Since 2010, Motorsport at the Palace has raised over £17,000 for local charities, including more than £3,500 for local charity St Christopher’s Hospice in 2014.

Advance tickets are available for £8 from motorsportatthepalace.co.uk. Standard tickets can be purchased on entry for £10 (children aged 16 and under enter free, but must be accompanied by an adult).