Austin Healey Sprite 1958-1959

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    Titles read: 'The British Motor Corporation Ltd - BMC (on a rosette) - the AUSTIN MOTOR COMPANY present - AUSTIN HEALEY SPRITE - with Roy Salvadori and John Bolster'.

    Silverstone, Northamptonshire.

    M/S of sign reading 'British Racing Drivers' Club - Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit - Unauthorised Entry Prohibited' standing on a road. Pan to a wonderful open-top car driving along a country road and up to the Silverstone entrance. The moustachioed driver ( John Bolster in Austin Healey 100-6 ), wearing a deerstalker hat and checked jacket chats to an RAC man at the barrier and is allowed in.

    The man watches racing driver Roy Salvadori get into the Austin Healey Sprite. He drives off and around the track, leaving a spray of water in his wake (looks like quite a rainy day). Various shots of the man as he drives along. The deerstalker man watches him go.

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    Media URN:
    90671
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    3252.05
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    Black & White
    Duration
    00:02:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:26:00 / 01:15:18:00
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  • "The moustachioed driver (John Bolster?)" - yes, that's John Bolster. His car is an Austin Healey 100-6.

    "The man watches a racing driver (Roy Salvadori?)" - yes, that's Roy Salvadori. Salvadori is driving an historic Austin Healey "Frogeye" Sprite, one of the first two Sprites to be registered for the British roads in 1958. (This allows you to reduce this clip's current age range of 1950-59).

    jamied 19th Apr 2012
  • Brilliant - thanks very much. Some good research on the Sprite. Can anyone narrow the date down further?

    British Pathé 14th May 2012

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