• Short Summary

    THE AUSTRALIAN SURVIVAL CAR, SPONSORED BY THE COMBINED INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICAN AND DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO LOOK FOR SAFETY FEATURES WHEN BUYING A CAR -- TODAY (THURSDAY) WENT ON DISPLAY IN LONDON.

  • Description

    THE AUSTRALIAN SURVIVAL CAR, SPONSORED BY THE COMBINED INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICAN AND DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO LOOK FOR SAFETY FEATURES WHEN BUYING A CAR -- TODAY (THURSDAY) WENT ON DISPLAY IN LONDON. THE CAR WILL COMPETE IN THE LONDON-TO-SYDNEY MARATHON, WHICH BEGINS ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24).

    THE VEHICLE, A FORD FAIRMONT XP, WAS BUILT TO SHOW THAT A STANDARD FAMILY AUTOMOBILE COULD BE MODIFIED AT RELATIVELY LOW COST TO ENSURE MAXIMUM PROTECTION FOR PASSENGER UNDER ALL MOTORING CONDITIONS.

    IT'S MAIN SAFETY FEATURES INCLUDE COLLAPSIBLE STEERING COLUMN AND SHAFT, INDIVIDUAL SAFETY SEATS, ANTI-BACKLASH HEADRESTS, ENGINE DEFLECTOR PLATES, EXTRA DOOR LOCKING EQUIPMENT AND A ROLL BAR TO GUARD AGAINST ROOF COLLAPSE.

    THE STAFF AND STUDENTS OF THE VEHICLE TRADES SCHOOL AT SYDNEY TECHNICAL SCHOOL ORIGINALLY MODIFIED THE CAR IN 1966. ADDITIONAL ALTERNATIONS WERE MADE FOR THE RALLY.

    THE DESIGNERS BELIEVE THAT THE TOLL OF DEATH AND INJURY ON THE ROADS CAN BE REDUCED IF THE MOTORING PUBLIC CAN BE PERSUADED TO ADOPT A MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDE TO SAFETY FEATURES ON A CAR.

    IN AUSTRALIA, THE NEW SOUTH WALES DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION, WHICH HELPED TO DEVELOP THE CAR, SAYS IT IS CONCERNED WITH THE POSSIBILITIES OF VEHICLE DESIGN AIMED AT GIVING CAR OCCUPANTS THE GREATEST CHANGE OF SURVIVAL IN AN ACCIDENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA43YVN1V8P1F34S4GG6O2T4IB2
    Media URN:
    VLVA43YVN1V8P1F34S4GG6O2T4IB2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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