Guards Drive To Hastings Aka Old Crocks… 1955

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    M/S of a mid 1950s contemporary Mercedes with a vintage car ("an old crock") coming out of a garage behind it. According to the narrator this is going to be a revolutionary experiment - using the motor car for troop transport. Presumably this is a re-enactment of the first transport of troops by car in 1909. Men in the military costume of the day climb into various vintage cars - they are to be transported to Hastings. Various shots of the "soldiers" climbing in. High angle shot of large number of vintage cars.

    Travelling shots of the soldiers in the cars and of the cars leaving the barracks. This run has been organised by the Automobile Association as part of the AA's Golden Jubilee celebrations. 50 veteran cars are taking part - various shots of them travelling along different roads. A guardsman jumps out of one of the cars (to give it a push perhaps?)

    Various shots of the reception at Hastings. Crowds are there to greet the cars and men in uniform and local dignitaries wait outside the "White Rock Pavilion". First to arrive is a 1903 Cadillac driven by F.S. Bennett, President of the Veteran Car Club who led the 1909 run. A vintage London bus is seen - typical of many which saw action in the first World War. The bus passes the camera. Various other vintage cars are seen. Two policemen in 1909 style uniforms stand to attention.

    Note: various documentation exists on file about this event.

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    01:30:30:00 / 01:32:45:00
    CP 019
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  • "M/S of a mid 1950s contemporary Mercedes" - it's a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, (Reg. No. PLB 23, which in fact was occasionally driven in the '50s by Stirling Moss).

    "A guardsman jumps out of one of the cars" - the vehicle is a 1904 Star, (Reg. No. AF 3870).

    "A vintage London bus is seen" - it's an AEC B-type, Reg. No. LA 9918. (This vehicle has been preserved, and is on show at the London Transport Museum).

    The car seen at 00:11, (Reg, No. D 1590), is a 1904 Panhard-Levassor Tonneau.

    jamied 13th Oct 2012

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