Question re Crystal Palace 10 June 1935 which is listed as England v Continent but looks more like an individual meeting...
Norwood News - Friday 14 June 1935
EXCITING RACING Bank Holiday at the Crystal Palace was marked by an extraordinarily fine programme of attractions. which kept a crowd of 35.000 occupied throughout the day. Midget car racing seen at its best and a bright open-air boxing tournament were two of the most popular items. although the usual evening concert by the massed bands and the display of daylight fireworks claimed their full share of support. The midget car racing thrilled a crowd of between 20,000 and 25,000 people throughout the afternoon, the events being keenly contested and resulting in excellent, and often surprising finishes. The names of Victor Gillow. Jean Reville, Tommy Sulman, Les White and RR. P. Lowe were sufficient to guarantee fast and furious driving, and supporters of the speedway keenly anticipated the promised meeting between Gillow and Reville. Although they were denied this excitement, through a series of mishaps, they had enough thrills to last them for a long time.
In the Crystal Palace Holiday Cup competition Gillow was leading the field with plenty to spare when the tail of his car was seen to break away and he had to pull up — a great disappointment for driver and spectators alike. Jean Reville came through the preliminary heats easily enough, and in the final his dare-devil methods gave him the victory — and the cup. which was presented to him by Sir Henry Buckland (general manager).
SPILLS AND THRILLS In the holiday handicap it was again hoped that Gillow and Reville would be racing against each other, but misfortune befell Reville when, after winning a heat, it was discovered that his clutch had burnt out. Gillow won his way to the final and looked like an easy winner until he came to grief at the third bend and was forced out of the race. Practically at the same moment there was a crash at the other end. when Sulman's car skidded and caused R. P. Lowe to overturn. Although the car turned completely over twice and finished upside down on the grass verge, the driver was unhurt. Les White. who had been running second, was a comfortable winner after Gillow had been obliged to retire.
Also need to add in Monday 22 April 1935...
From Shepton Mallet Journal, Friday 26 April 1935 (Crystal Palace)
SMALL CAR RACE THRILLS Thirty thousand people watched the small car racing at the Crystal Palace, Monday. In the opening event Jean Reville almost overturned, breaking his steering. The car finished up with its front wheels overhanging the safety fence. Adolf Pabst turned a complete somersault in the last race. He landed hanging out of the car with his feet under the steering wheel, but, like Reville, escaped injury. After his mishap Reville drove his 500-c.c. Gnat in three races and won them all.
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