Veteran Vehicle Rally 1971

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    Colour item. Veteran Vehicle Rally.

    1971 London-Brighton Historic Commercials Run.

    Various shots veteran vehicles gathering in London park for start of race. Vehicles include buses, cars, delivery vans, trucks, steam powered vehicles and fire engines. Various shots vintage vehicles driving through London, we see some boy scouts waving cheerfully from vintage van. Various shots veterans vehicles driving through countryside.

    The vehicles arrive in Brighton and drive along the sea front. Crowds watch the vehicles pass, there is particular excitement when the 1914 Dennis "N" Type fire engine arrives - kids rush up to get autographs from a man and woman in period costume riding on the truck, a local radio reporter interviews the man. There is a sign on the side of the fire engine - "Magpie" (kids' television programme).

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    01:46:46:00 / 02:03:07:00
    UN 4541 B
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    UN 4541 B
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  • The event featured here is the 1971 London-Brighton Historic Commercials Run.

    The bus at 00:43, (Reg. No. JUB 29), is a 1928 Leyland Titan TD1.

    The bus at 11:01, (Reg. No. JK 8418), is a 1939 Leyland Lion LT9.

    "The people in costume are probably television presenters Mick Robertson and Jenny Hanley" - the man is actually Magpie presenter Tony Bastable. Furthermore the woman is unlikely to be Jenny Hanley, as she didn't join Magpie for another 3 years.

    The fire engine they're on, (Reg. No. ED 810), is a 1914 Dennis "N" Type.

    Car seen at 15:36, (Reg. No. DGU 610), is a 1927 Morris Commercial light van.

    jamied 1st May 2012
  • Great to have this identified. Thanks jamied.

    British Pathé 22nd May 2012

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