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    A British Travel Association Film


    Commentary by John Glenn. Produced by Associated British Pathe Ltd

    WS Aerial view Liverpool docks. WS Vintage car being unloaded on the dockside, WS A row of people watch from the side of the ship. The car is steered slowly away. CU sign reading "6" "Pierce-Arrow 1916" WS Another car is lowered by crane. Pan down a row of vintage cars on the dockside. A man monitors the arrival. CU 1906 Stanley Steamer from Ohio. A man lifts the car's bonnet and checks its water tank The narrator tells us it's capable of 70 miles per hour. Workers attach British number plates. A flag on a wheel reads "Cherio we're off to Britain". The narrator tells us that each team consists of 5 Edwardian Cars (1903-1914) and 5 Vintage Cars (1920-1928). Various shots of the cars. Several shots of the oldest American car, the 1906 Model K Ford from Vermont. A rather elegant lady helps to polish it. WS Dockside activity as crowds gather to look at the cars. The cars drive in procession along the dockside.

    The narrator tells us the cars follow a leisurely course through the lake district and the lowlands to Edinburgh for the start of the race. The rally is organised by the British Travel Association and the Vintage Sports Car Club of Great Britain. The race is due to finish 8 days later at Goodwood Racing circuit.

    Various shots as the cars are seen proceeding through the town and countryside. Spectators line the road to watch. WS Edinburgh skyline. Scenes around the city - a view from the castle, the Robert Burns statue, Buses and traffic in busy streets. WS Castle Esplanade where the race begins. Various shots the contestants and cars waiting for the race to begin. Several shots of a 1939 Lozier from Luton Massachusetts. Several shots a Rival 1913 Lanchester. A Scots guard wearing a kilt greets the drivers. Bagpipers and the mayor also greet the various contestants. GV the waiting rally cars. WS the Mayor drops the starting flag. The Ford is the first to begin. The Steamer and the 1923 Kissle Speedster from Battle Creek Michigan are also featured. Crowds scenes with waving drivers and passengers departing. (All the cars are open top and hold 2-4 people).

    Car shots as the race is in progress. The cityscape of Durham. Aerial views and several shots of Durham and the Cathedral. The cars continue over the Yorkshire Moors. Several shots of the city of York and the Minister. Anglo American Rally sign. A 1919 Stutz driven by a Californian couple. CU a policeman directing the traffic. MS a 1921 Mercer. The cars stop in Oxford and consult route maps. Crowds gather. Several shots around Oxford featuring bicycles and various colleges. Crowds watch the cars depart. A 'modern looking' car from Wisconsin, a 1918 Biddle Model K Speedway Special. The rally enters Warwick. Several views of Warwick Castle as the rally drivers take a break in the grounds. The cars are checked and polished before slowly driving off again. The largest car, the 1916 Pierce Arrow. Scenes around Stratford Upon Avon and various Shakespeare tea rooms and bars. A car pulls up outside Shakespeare's house and birthplace. Scenes inside the house as the rally drivers tour the rooms. WS Anne Hathaway's cottage and scenes in the garden. CU the winners cup. MS American and British flags flying. The narrator tells us that in addition to the road section of the rally, the cars also compete the speed hill climb near Cheltenham. Drivers sign autographs. Cars at the start of the hill. The 1914 Simplex car taking driving the hill. Various cars in the hillside.

    CU the Lady Mayor of Winchester. Several shots of the cars arriving in the rain in Winchester. Country side shots as the drivers wearing waterproofs head to Goodwood. The cars, many now with hoods up arrive at Goodwood. Drivers polishing their cars before the race. Scenes inside Goodwood at the stamina test. Various shots: crowds of spectators in the stands and the cars circuiting the racetrack at speed. The Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 1910 wins the race. Spectator applause. Presentation of the cup to winning captain T.W. Carson.

    Cataloguers Note: Some lovely shots. Great vintage car footage and lots of happy faces.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1950 - 1959
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:11:00 / 01:45:47:00
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    Sport & Leisure Lifestyle & Culture
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Comments (4)

  1. jamied says

    "1906 Stanley Steamer from Ohio." - the owner is Paul J Tusek. His car is a Stanley Gentlemen's Speedy Roadster, aka Stanley Steamer. "Several shots of a 1939 Lozier from Luton Massachusetts" should read........ Several shots of a 1913 Lozier Toy Tonneau, from West Newton, Massachusetts. "The Ford is the first to begin" - it's a Model K Ford, driven by Elmer W Bemis. "1923 Kissle Speedster" - that should read Kissel Speedster. The driver is A C Baker. "A 1919 Stutz driven by a Californian couple" - they are Clarence Kay and his wife. "MS a 1921 Mercer" - the driver is Roswell Moore, the car is a 1921 L-head Mercer Raceabout. "1918 Biddle Model K Speedway Special" - the driver is Edward S Hansen. "Various shots as the cars are seen proceeding" - those shots include, at 02:06, collector Henry Austin Clark Jr driving the Pierce-Arrow, "The 1914 Simplex car" - the driver is Samuel Baily. "Kissle Speadster" in tags should read Kissel Speedster. Reducing the clip's current date range of 1950-59,…

  2. jamied says

    (continuing from my earlier comment)......

    Reducing the clip's current date range of 1950-59, the event took place from 4-11 September 1954.

    Attached is an original newspaper article reporting on the event from 1954..........

  3. tusekfamily says

    Nice video. My father was Paul J. Tusek. He won the Prescott Hill climb. It's too bad the video didn't show him racing up the hill in his Stanley Steamer. Paul developed life long friendships with some of the other men from the US, especially Austin Clark (and his wife, Wally).

    We have a couple of copies of the original program (the cost was 2 shillings), along with many newspaper and magazine articles and pictures.

    Thank you for posting this video.

  4. automuseum says

    What fun seeing the Bemis Model K Ford. After Bemis' ownership, the Model K went to Richard C. Paine Jr., founder of the Seal Cove Auto Museum, and then on to the Towe Ford Museum. Today, I believe the car to be at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Seal Cove Auto Museum still has a Model K Ford on display that was on hand when the VMCCA hosted the British team to a return engagement in the United States in 1957.

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