Crystal Palace Book
Crystal Palace Speedway - Thrills & Spills of the 20's & 30's - By Lionel Crossley
Speedway arrived at the Crystal Palace in May 1928. Lionel takes us through its evolution in a series of spellbinding chapters in which he deftly captures the spirit of the era and the heady excitement of the races on the cinders.
Crystal Palace Speedway - Thrills & Spills of the 20's & 30's has been assiduously researched over a number of years using many private archives and features rare photographs.
The late Lionel Crossley was a member of the Crystal Palace Foundation's Palace Memories group and as thus wrote this book both from his own personal experiences as a speedway rider and as a local historian. The pages are peppered with anecdotes of speedway stars, many of whom were personally known to the author.
This book is now only available as a good quality black & white photocopy
58 Pages paperback
Crystal Palace Foundation,
Or online from:crystalpalacefoundation.org.uk
This article was first published on 24th June 2012
"I have this book and is a valued possesion. Lionel autographed it for me, he was a regular at Wimbledon. Wouldn't it be wonderfull if The Crystal Palace Athletics stadium could be returned to speedway racing!! After the Olympics the Olympic stadium should become our National Athletics stadium, not a new home for some soccer team. Lionel told me that there is (was at that time) a small section of the old track still remaining, and as I live nearby, I went looking for it, I think I did find a suspicious area in the corner of the stadium. The book contains some fabulous photos of racing and of the old Crystal Palace itself, highly recccomended purchase for all fans."
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