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    Light car race in Brooklands where drivers must do their own repairs.

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    Item title reads - 200 Miles Light car race. New time and speed records set up in thrilling race in which competitors must all do their own repairs (rest of title obscured by timecode). Brooklands.

    The camera pans across the cars and drivers before the race, people mill about. M/S as they race down the track creating lots of dust. M/S as two drivers work on their car and take the front part off. L/S as the cars race round the track, a man waves the chequered flag. M/S of two drivers sat in car 17.

    Various shots as the cars race round the track. Various shots of the drivers in car 17 again, one gets out. M/S of other drivers in car 32, M/S of two others working on their car. Various shots of the cars racing round the course or drivers doing repairs. The drivers of car 21 look under the bonnet.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:58:00 / 01:53:11:00
    G 1025

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  1. Unknown user says

    The Junior Car Club (JCC) 200-Mile Race on 13th October 1923 at Brooklands.
    Two races: the first for cyclecars up to 1100cc and the second for voiturettes up to 1500cc
    (the shots in this clip are not in order).

    00:47 - No.21 J.Brown’s Aston Martin 1500cc GP - having it's radiator changed.
    01:16 - No.17 Ramon Bueno in a Salmson - winner of the 1100cc "Cyclecar" class race.
    02:09 - the winner again.
    02:36 - No.32 Carlo Salamano in a Fiat 803/403 1500cc before the start - did not finish.
    02:56 - No.18 George Duller in a Marlborough-Thomas with a 1500cc Hooker engine - not classified.
    03:40 – 21 J.Brown’s Aston Martin 1500cc GP – did not finish.

    The winner (not shown) of the 1500cc "Voiturette" class race was No.17 Major Cyril Maurice Harvey’s Alvis 12/50. This car specially built for this race and it still exists today.

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  2. Alvis12/50 says

    No. 21 is a 12/50 Alvis (believed to be a standard 12/50 'Duck's-back' without its wings and windscreen, but with a larger petrol tank) substituted at the last minute, and driven by the Alvis works demonstration driver J.A. (Joe) Brown. Its appearance was courtesy of Lionel Martin who was unable to take up all his Aston Martin entries and allowed Alvis to fill a blank. Its radiator was punctured by a lump of concrete thrown up by another car, hence the need for the radiator change shown. The car was retired later in the race with a mechanical problem. Information source - The Vintage Alvis (Hull and Johnson, 1995) ISBN 0-9525334-0-5 pp 91-94

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  3. Alvis Racing Car No. 1 says

    Unknown user's final sentence is factually incorrect in that the winning Alvis (No.2) no longer exists - it was displayed in Henlys' London showroom (the Alvis agent) and towed around Coventry, where the car was made, but on it's return to the factory was dismantled. The second works entry (No.3) survived for one year for use in sprints and hillclimbs but is no longer intact. No.21 was a privateer. The only works racing car from 1923 (No.1) is still in existance and races to this day. It was at Brooklands for the race as a reserve as Maj. Harvey's car had caught fire during practice, but was repaired in time. The Vintage Alvis is a definitive source but more recently found information may be seen at

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