• Short Summary

    Speedy journey from London to Birmingham on the M1 in fast motion.

  • Description

    Point of view M/S from a moving car as we approach the M1. We drive onto the motorway as commentator says "But on these new wide roads one gets no sensation of speed, and even at 75 miles an hour you might well be cruising"; C/U of a man's shoe in the car, pressing the accelerator to the floor.

    Point of view M/S from the car of the almost empty motorway again as commentator says "So let's try it at 300 miles an hour". The film speeds up so that we zip along at a tremendous rate in the middle lane, passing a few cars and lorries; and honking the horn so a truck moves out of our way. L/S from a bridge as we see traffic speed past.

    M/S at a service station as our car (an Austin A55 Cambridge Mark I) pulls up and is filled with petrol by a girl in a balaclava; this is all still in speeded up time. C/U of the petrol pump meter spinning round, then our car drives off again.

    More motorway speeding shots; commentator says "There are 180 bridges on the M1 and as we can see, even at this speed, they don't interfere with the driver's vision" - presumably this was a concern in early motorway days. We come to the end of the motorway (sign is seen) and the driver puts his foot on the brake.

    Fade into high angle daylight M/S of Piccadilly Circus at normal speed. Point of view M/S from the front of the car as the film is speeded up again as we zip around Eros, and appear to narrowly miss crashing into several black taxi cabs - help! High angle M/S of Piccadilly Circus, this time the scene is in fast motion; fade out.

    Note: Possibly a modern 1961 version of the famous film of a speeded-up train journey from London to Brighton.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    135.02
    Media URN:
    1725
    Group:
    Unissued / unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1961
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:24:00 / 01:02:32:00
    Canister:
    CP 325

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    "car looks like an Austin, possibly a Cambridge" - yes, it's an Austin A55 Cambridge Mark I.

    Note that the price for petrol on the pump is shown as 4 shillings and eightpence a gallon, the equivalent of about 23 pence in decimal money.

  2. British Pathé says

    Those were the days!

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