Collecting race programmes
Posted 26 October 2010 - 15:04
I have kept a copy of every race meeting I have ever attended - 1963 onwards. Not content with that though, largely thanks to Ebay, I have purchased many more over the past few years. So far I have limited myself to UK events and have concentrated predominantly on late 1950s/1960s meetings. I have tended to target the bigger meetings - Grand Prix, TTs, non-championship F1, F2 etc. although I am not immune to the odd club event or two.
One specific theme that has emerged is Crystal Palace programmes - mainly because I grew up nearby and attended most car meetings during the last 10 seasons of racing at the Palace. I need four more to complete my collection of post-war meetings.
I am not sure what particularly drew me to collecting programmes. Okay, I am a motor sport fan but the one doesn't necessarily follow the other. Also, they are not something that can easily be displayed. But, what I do distinctly remember is the sense of anticipation, as a youngster, arriving at Palace or Brands and purchasing a programme and eagerly scouring the schedule of events to see who and what was due to appear. I still find great enjoyment in pouring over old programmes and reviving memories of what are now long gone days.
It would be good to hear from any other programme enthusiasts/collectors and to know what you collect and why? Perhaps there are some elusive ones you are still trying to track down?
Below is a photo of just a small sample of my collection.
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Posted 26 October 2010 - 17:41
I am collating the entry lists from these programmes as the early ones only have the drivers initials and i have made it a quest to find the first names of them.
A lot are bought from ebay as my original collection was given away when we moved to a bungalow where there was not enough room anymore, much to my regret.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 01:26
I will have to add another room onto my house to store them all.
Thats OK as his wife is threatening to burn the lot if I don't come and collect them.
Posted 28 December 2010 - 21:34