An incredible accident resulting in the death of a man and two others seriously injured, marred the ACU Cup Meeting at Crystal Palace, on Saturday, 17 April 1954.
More than 20,000 spectators were present at the track, watching the races. Shortly after the start of the fourth event of the program, the first heat for motorcycle of 251 to 350 cm3, as the roaring machines approached the Ramp Bend, at the end of the Stadium straight, the #192 Douglas ridden by J. P. Fordham of Tooting, London, wobbled out of control and the rider was thrown off into the outside barrier, suffering slight injuries. His riderless bike shot across the track and caught the #187 BSA Gold Star of Leonard "Len" Hall, who was catapulted into the air.
Len Hall's machine careered across the grass verge and fell on top of a press photographer, David McLellan, who was at the track reporting for "Daily Mirror" newspaper. Both men were taken to Beckenham Hospital, Hall unconscious with severe head injuries and the photographer with leg injuries. The latter was allowed to leave hospital after treatment. Len Hall succumbed to his injuries about half a hour after admission.
|Vehicle||BSA Gold Star|
|Also Involved||David McLellan (Photographer)|
|Photo Credit||Daily Mirror|
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