Video: The Cool History Of A Not So Lost Race Track In London, England – Neat Stuff


Video: The Cool History Of A Not So Lost Race Track In London, England – Neat Stuff

Hunting old race tracks is one of my most favorite things to do. Finding the remains, standing in the location that history was made, checking out how Mother Nature has reclaimed the land that was once thundered by racers is really fun. That’s why I was super excited to hammer the play button on this video and see the history of a track that had been “abandoned” right there in London! Now, I did guess correctly in the fact that it was going to be Crystal Palace, so it made the history lesson even more interesting. There are a couple of things that made me wince, though.

The major one is a question the video raised. It is briefly mentioned near the end that people still actually race there in time trial events on the old course! So is a race track truly abandoned if it is actually still raced on?! It would seem like the answer is no and this is more a video about a track that just could not age along with the advancing technology of racing. By 1970 the professional level competition was out of Crystal Palace, a place that had hosted F1 events and more over the years, so it’s pretty well dormant but if you read the comments on the video some people tear into the piece because of the fact that they gloss over the truth that it is still raced on.

It does kind of make the whole experience of the host driving a Jag around the old course a little less exclusive knowing that people still rip on it as well. Anyway, we dig the video even though the title may be a little over dramatic.

Racing history, right there in London-town, pretty fantastic stuff.

Press play below to see this interesting video on the history of Crystal Palace –


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6 thoughts on “Video: The Cool History Of A Not So Lost Race Track In London, England – Neat Stuff

  1. Brash

    LOHNES, you need to get yourself a copy of the books Autodrome and Speedway by SS Collins. Goes into the history of this place and more. Autodrome is the European focused book, Speedway is US focused

  2. Whelk

    You ought to watch James May Toy Stories. He goes to the abandoned Brooklands track, and lays out a slot car race over the footprint. I goes through neighborhoods, ponds, offices, etc. Then actually stage a 3 mile long slot car race.
    https://youtu.be/d2Xj39ukxfE

  3. Tom P

    Brooklands is awesome, I was there in 1990 before the more recent developments. I was able to drive the rental car up the banking and go part way around the track. About three quarters of it was still there at the time and some pretty overgrown. It is well worth stopping in there if you are in England.

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