Motor Racing - Various 1930-1959

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    Collection of stories about motor racing.

    i) "Car Racing in Italy - Nuvolari wins chief event on Naples Circuit" - Pathe Gazette item. Various shots of cars moving away from the starting line and speeding around the track. Low angle shot of Prince Umberto watching from a balcony. Excited plummy English commentary. C/U of a mechanic in the pits. An upturned car on the track (accident not shown). C/U of the winner of the race - Tazio Nuvolari - sitting in his stationary Alpha Romeo. Original issue number 34/90.

    ii) Monaco Grand Prix - no story title. Various shots of the race. High angle shots of the track. The Italian Fagioli at the wheel of a Mercedes Benz wins the race. Shots of the crowd, the winner being congratulated by his crew. C/U of Fagioli.

    iii) "Brooklands Holiday Meeting" - Pathe Gazette item. Easter Bank Holiday race at Brooklands. Cars at the starting line - staggered start, they are waved on individually. Crowds in the stands. It is the Mountain Handicap race - one of the competitors is Prince Bira of Siam. Various shots of the race. R.H. Eccles wins in a Rapier Special. Chequered flag is waved. Another race is won by John Cobb at the highest average speed ever accomplished during a race at Brooklands. C/U of Mr Cobb. Short shot of demonstration of a car which has an engine at each end. "Very nice" observes the narrator, "provided they both pull in the same direction". (Probably from issue 37/26 - full version here.)

    iv) "France - Demon Driving - in Monte Carlo Grand Prix - the race of a thousand curves & thrills." - Pathe Gazette item. Various shots of the race. King of Sweden and Princess Ingrid are shown watching the race. Winner is Guy Moll (?) driving an Alpha Romeo. C/U of the winner being congratulated and given flowers. He waves to the crowd. Could be 34/29.

    v) "Italian cars 1,2,3 in Grand Prix." - Pathe News item. Silverstone - cars lined up. Two driver climb into their car. Reg Parnell of Derby is mentioned - presumably one of the two. Bob Gerrard and his well known E.R.A. are Britain's hope. C/U of Bob, then of his lapel badge. Panning shot of a B.R.M. - only there on show, not racing. Narrator speaks of the favourites for the trophy - Alpha Romeo foursome and the Maserati team. C/U of man holding up a sign which reads: "3 min." Cars set off from the starting line. Various shots of the race - drivers names are mentioned, Juan Fangio Johnny Claes, Bob Gerrard. Royals watch the race - King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth. One of the Italian drivers goes into the pits and the mechanics do their work. Short C/U of the royal party. C/U of the lap board - numbers being changed. Chequered flag is waved. Farina wins the race and is congratulated by his team. A laurel wreath is placed around his neck. C/U of him smiling and waving. 1950 - see 50/40.

    vi) No story title. The Czechoslovakian Grand Prix. Shots of the cars. C/U of Prince Bira. Shots of the crowds. Start of the race. Various shots of the race. Peter Whitehead is featured - he wins the race. C/U of Mr Whitehead. Possibly 1949 - see 49/80.

    vii) No story title. Shots of the start of a race and of the crowds. Stirling Moss is mentioned. Musser (?) and Fangio, Hawthorn, Berard (?) also mentioned. C/U of a glamorous woman looking through binoculars. Stirling Moss has some car trouble and he takes over Tony Brooks' car. Berard (?) takes the lead but then has clutch trouble. Hawthorn has a puncture. Stirling Moss wins. The crowd goes wild as it is the first time in 34 years that a British car has won a major Grand Prix.

    viii) No story title. French Grand Prix - various shots of the race. Gonzales is out of the race when his car skids and catches fire. C/U of the fire being put out. Fangio takes the lead. Hawthorne nearly has an accident. C/U of the winning German car and driver. "...thus another great sporting prize went to Germany."

    ix) "Italy - Moss wins Mille Miglia" - Pathe News item. Alfred Neaubauer watches Fangio take his Mercedes up to the starting line. Shot of the crowd. Stirling Moss at the wheel of another Mercedes leaves the starting line. Karl Kling at the wheel of his car. Various shots if the race. Umberto Maglioli and his Ferrari are featured. Moss crosses the finishing line to win. C/U of Moss being congratulated on his win. 1955 - see 55/36.

    x) "Silverstone - British Cars Sweep Board" - Pathe News item. Two B.R.M.s are featured. C/Us of the cars. C/U of Stirling Moss. Shots of the new Aston Martins. Roy Salvadori. Maria De Filippis (?) - only woman driver in the race - watches her car being prepared for the race. Juan Fangio acts as the starter. Various shots of the race and of spectators. Moss has to retire when his brakes fail. Brabham first home in his Cooper. "Cheers for Brabham and the British cars." 1959 - 59/37.

    xi) No story title. Silverstone Grand Prix - Daily Express organised race. Carey (?) in the Ferrari takes the lead with Juan Fangio in a Maserati coming up close behind. Mike Hawthorn skates out of control but manages to rejoin the race. Ascari crosses the line to win. C/U of Ascari. Berlin - John Cooper drives a Cooper. Various shots of the race and of spectators. Shots of a "pile up" John Cooper wins. A garland is placed over his neck. Could be 1952 - 52/60.

    Note: some of these stories may be 35 mm reversal prints. Unsure of some of the names and dates.

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    British Pathé
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    1930 - 1959
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    01:44:43:00 / 01:58:17:00
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  • ii) Luigi Fagioli wins the 1935 Monaco Grand Prix in a Mercedes-Benz W125.

    iii) This is the BARC Meeting at Brooklands in August 1936.

    20.02: 4 - BMW 328, 9 - Frazer Nash, 10 - Bugatti, 10 - Frazer Nash, 11 - Frazer Nash, 12 - Aston Martin.

    02.17: " of the entries is Prince Chula of Siam, who seems to be one of the keenest racing drivers in this country." - Chula entered the car for the races, but his cousin, Prince Bira, was the driver.

    "R.H. Eccles wins in a Rapier Special" - the 1st August Mountain handicap (1936) was a dead heat between Roy Eccles 1100cc Lagonda Rapier Special and King-Clark's supercharged 747cc MG. The Rapier was built to special order for Eccles and still races today.

    roycousins 20th Dec 2012
  • iii) "Short shot of demonstration of a car which has an engine at each end. "Very nice" observes the narrator, "provided they both pull in the same direction"." - it's one of the two Bimotore Alfa Romeos. As the name suggests, it has two engines, but mounted side-by-side, not front and rear. It was built by Scuderia Ferrari who were then Alfa's race team, but only became constructors after WW2.

    roycousins 20th Dec 2012
  • iv) Monaco Grand Prix - 2nd April 1934. The winner was Guillaume "Guy" Moll in a P3 Alfa Romeo. He also won another Grand Prix at AVUS (Berlin) on 27th May, but was killed in an accident in the Coppa Acerbo at Pescara on 15th August.

    roycousins 20th Dec 2012
  • vii) 1957 British Grand Prix at Aintree. Stirling Moss & Tony Brooks share the win in a Vanwall (VW5).

    roycousins 20th Dec 2012

  • The Races at Brooklands listed here:

    Claire Darke 10th Oct 2014

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