Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Motorsport at the Palace 2013

London may have been cold, wet and horrible last week, and it's certainly cold, wet and horrible now, but the car nerds of the capital were granted a bank holiday reprieve: for the third year in a row, Motorsport at the Palace was bathed in glorious sunshine.
It was also resplendent in the hard-fought glory of the very extremes of internal combustion, with a great number of focused, serious race cars in attendance. You get eased into the experience, descending the historic steps and onto the green where an eclectic selection of classic and modern cars reside, but it's when you step into the dappled light beneath the trees and into the paddock that the true majesty of the event reveals itself. MATP competitors take their job very seriously.
There's an almost Goodwood-esque vibe to the occasion, with drivers and mechanics lounging in the sunshine as the public poke around their cars, but as the visors come down and race-faces are adopted, the atmosphere changes from picnic calm to trackday tension. Horsepower gallops through Crystal Palace in short but blistering bursts of air-ripping fury. Tyres squeal. Exhausts bark. And then, as soon as it began, the noise dissipates and calm returns to the leafy glade. What a thoroughly civilised way to spend a bank holiday weekend.

Keep an eye on SuckSqueezeBangBlow in the coming days for a closer look at some of the cars in attendance. You can see the full set of photos here.

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