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Italian Job Minis return to Crystal Palace

A trio of Minis used during filming of the Italian Job will return to Crystal Palace, the location used to film scenes in the original movie

Three original Minis, used during filming of iconic British movie The Italian Job, are set to be one of the star attractions at this year’s Motorsport at the Palace event, taking place at Crystal Palace on 29-30 May.

Although the film’s main chase was set in Turin, most of the scenes were actually shot on location in the UK. Early scenes featuring the cars and drivers in training were shot at Crystal Palace, but most importantly, the circuit’s inner field was actually used for the ‘You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off’ scene.

The track, located in Crystal Palace Park, London, was also used for the stunt drivers to practice some of the jumps and part of the actual chase was also filmed there. First opened in 1927, the circuit hosted many motor races over the years until its closure in 1974. Since then motor racing has intermittently returned to the venue thanks to the tireless effort of enthusiasts.

This year’s Motorsport at the Palace event is expected to see around 150 cars take part in various races. There will be a wide range of cars too, from all ages and disciplines, and while the Minis are on static display throughout the two days, they will take to the track for a demonstration run at lunch time. 

Tickets are now on sale, with adults passes from £12 and children from £5 when booked in advance. Car parking is free. Visit www.motorsportatthepalace.co.uk for more details.

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