“YOU’RE ONLY SUPPOSED…..” MINI COOPERS FROM ‘THE ITALIAN JOB’ AT CRYSTAL PALACE
This year’s Motorsport at the Palace will pay tribute to another famous use of Crystal Palace: back in 1969 the venue was used to film scenes in the iconic motoring movie The Italian Job.
The circuit’s inner field was used to film a van being blown up so the film’s star Michael Caine could say that immortal line: “You’re only suppose to blow the bloody doors off.”
The actual circuit was used by stunt drivers to practice the jumping sequence with the Mini Cooper cars as well as being used for part of the car chase itself.
In honour of the UK’s favourite motoring movie the three actual Mini Coopers, in red, white and blue, from the film will be on static display so fans can have pictures with these three famous cars as well as taking to the circuit for a parade lap at lunchtime each day.
Around 150 cars from racing and rallying spanning over 100 years of motoring will be the crowning glory of this year’s Motorsport at the Palace, a two-day event celebrating all eras of motoring, on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May 2016 in Crystal Palace park.
Classes ranging from pre-war vintage to modern day will deliver high octane competition with around 75 cars running each day in numerous classes. Expect to see the most diverse line-up of racing with a pre-1931 Austin 7 Ulster in one race and a 2000 Honda Civic R-Type in the next!
From Alfas to Westfields, this is a bank holiday of racing not to be missed and a must for any petrol head – be it a classic car nut, a supercar fan, former racing driver or someone who just loves cars!
Plus there will be hundreds of cars on static display from UK motoring clubs alongside the trader village and family fun fair. There will also be live music from Elle & the Pocket Belles and action from the Savage Skills bike display team.
Private owners can also book pole position parking in the classics area, meeting like-minded owners to showcase a multitude of marques. (Source: Motorsport at the Palace)