You’ll have done very well to miss the fact that it’s the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend here on Badger, but as any regular reader will know, here at the Sett (Badger’s HQ) we like to look back every now and then at trinkets of history in Grand Prix through our Scrapbook series as well as our regular Three to Remember where we look at previous great races at all the 2010 venues.

So, you can imagine us being rather thrilled to hear that this coming weekend, at London’s Crystal Palace – where a non-Championship grand prix was last held the seventies there’s a revival sprint Motorsport meeting featuring loads (seriously, loads) of cars from classic Fords to Ferraris as well as modern day cars tearing around the circuit.

Motorsport at the Palace back in the day - can you name these cars and drivers? © S S Collins

Badger will present at the event and bring you a full review after weekend, but if you’re in London or not too far away you should make your way to Crystal Palace for what looks to be a superb event this Sunday and Monday.  Check their website for full details or have a gander at the press release below:

It’s been a long time coming, but Crystal Palace will once again play host to a national motorsport event. Motorsport at the Palace, sponsored by the Ancaster Group, have confirmed that a two-day sprint event will be run over the May Bank Holiday weekend (30-31 May 2010), reigniting the spirit of racing at the Park.

Organised by Sevenoaks and District Motor Club (Sevenoaks DMC), with the support of the London Borough of Bromley, the two-day event will allow visitors to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the legendary machines which powered the likes of Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss to victory.

Martin Chinnery, Chairman of Sevenoaks DMC, says: “Sevenoaks DMC is extremely pleased to announce the return of motorsport to Crystal Palace. Thanks to a lot of hard work and the support of our title sponsor, the Ancaster Group, we’re delighted that fans will once again be able to experience racing at the Palace. The range of cars competing, coupled with additional events and displays, will make this a fantastic event for everyone, whether you’re a motorsport fan or just after a fun day out.”

Stephen Wood, Managing Director of Ancaster, added: “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.”

Celebrating the rich history of motorsport at Crystal Palace, a host of modern and vintage cars will be competing for the accolade of fastest car at the Park. Many of these vehicles raced at the Palace decades ago, and spectators will have a unique opportunity to see these classic machines reacquainted with Britain’s oldest purpose-built race track. There will also be a new category for electric and alternative-powered cars, providing visitors with a glimpse of things to come, both on the race track and the road.

Competitors will race along a section of the old track, incorporating Pond Hairpin, the Big Tree Bend part of the Terrace Straight and the infamous North Tower Crescent – in a bid to set the fastest time of the day.

Visitors seeking a break from the action will be able to stroll around the numerous display vehicles and open paddock, watching mechanics at work, chatting to the drivers and generally soaking up the racing atmosphere.

Competitors will each donate a minimum £10 in support of St. Christopher’s Hospice and the Royal London Society for the Blind; exhibitors will also contribute, ensuring that Motorsport at the Palace provides a lasting benefit to the community.

Tickets are priced at £10 per day and advance tickets will be available at a discount, from the website

We’re sure you’ll agree it sounds like a super day or two out for all motorsport fans – if you miss the Turkish GP, you can catch up with Badger afterwards or on your shiny mobile.

Classic stuff! © Colin Shipway