• Short Summary

    Peeling paint ... cobbled lanes winding through rows of terrace houses .... wooden shutters and?

  • Description


    Terrace houses.



    Busy streets Chinese signs



    Pan Macao harbour



    Hydrofoil



    Casino montage



    mahjong game



    Pits



    Poon in pits



    ...pits and/or general



    bamboo stand



    Spectators...moodle stalls



    race



    race presentation


    1.
    WS pan building in old section to fow terrace houses
    5 ft

    2.
    MS Chinese kids playing tilt up old street
    11 ft

    3.
    CU building in business quarter pan to Chinese street signs
    15 ft

    4.
    WS pan harbour to main centre Macao city with China (other side of water) in B/G
    22 ft

    5.
    WS hydrofoil from Hongkong towards pier
    27 ft

    6.
    MS people up pier pan to track along water's edge - sports car past
    32 ft

    7.
    Montage - various shots casino signs
    41 1/2 ft

    8.
    CU mahjong game
    43 ft

    9.
    MS kids playing mahjong beside race tracks (before start of G.P.) (two shots)
    49 ft

    10.
    CU mechanic and car in pits (two shots)
    52 ft

    11.
    CU HK driver Albert Poonpeers into engine
    54 ft

    12.
    MS Poon works with mechanic on car
    56 ft

    13.
    MS other mechanics working on HK entrant
    58 ft

    14.
    WS & MS bamboo stand for press
    62 ft

    15.
    Crowd on embankment
    64 ft

    16.
    CU noodle cook tilt noodles dished out
    71 ft

    17.
    MS Chinese man eating noodle soup
    74 1/2 ft

    18.
    WS grandstand (only one around course)
    76 ft



    Initials


    CUT TO EDITED SECTION ACTUAL RACE 57FT PREVIOUSLY SHIPPED PROLDN.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Peeling paint ... cobbled lanes winding through rows of terrace houses .... wooden shutters and a Mediterranean architecture. But it's not in Europe. The inhabitants help identify this as Macao -- the Portuguese enclave on the South China coast.

    Officially ruled by a Portuguese governor, a handful of Portuguese administrators and a small Portuguese garrison, its' home for about three-hundred-thousand Chinese -- most of them from adjoining Kwangtung Province.

    The oldest European outpost in the Orient, Macao was founded by Portuguese traders in 1557. For a century they grew rich on trade with China and Japan but thereafter the enclave's power declined. Today, the visual presence and unseen political control of China rule hand in hand with nominal Portuguese power.

    For one weekend a year, Macao comes out of its sleepy past as the hydrofoils from Hongkong pour in with thousands of visitors for the Macao Grand Prix. It's weekend filled mostly with touring car and handicap events for drivers -- and a weekend of gambling for the visitors.

    The casinos have given Macao a reputation as the Las Vegas of the Far East. They are the true mecca for the thousands of Chinese from Hongkong and other parts of Asia. For many, it seems, the blackjack, roulette and dice games are far more than the Grand prix the following day.

    The gambling even continues to mahjong games beside the grand prix circuit -- a 3-point-eight mile course winding through the narrow streets and green hills of Macao.

    In the world of major motor races, the Macao Grand Prix hardly deserves a mention. It's not open -- or suitable -- for the big cars. This year's entries included a handful of Brabhams, four Marchs, some Porsches, a Chevron Ford and a Lola and a couple of saloon cars.

    Many drivers, like Hongkong's veteran Albert Poon, find themselves checking their machines in open pit areas with poor facilities. Some are lucky enough to get under cover.

    Most of the drivers are amateurs living in Hongkong or Macao. some come from Japan but the Japanese are more interested in the motor-cycle events.

    The purse is also small by world standards with just 7,000 dollars (U.S.) to be shared among the top three places. The winner receives 4,000 dollars (U.S.).

    In past years, the Macao Grand Prix earned a reputation as the premier contest on the Asian circuit. Today, however, similar events in Singapore, Malaysia and even the Philippines are attracting bigger fields.

    Facilities are haphazard. For the press, there's a bamboo stand. Spectators are allowed to pack some sections of the course but strong safety fences are few. Many sections, like the long straight where German driver Dieter Glemser ploughed off the course killing a child, are protected by only a few sandbags and bamboo railing.

    For the Chinese spectators, numerous noodle stalls operate around the track throughout the weekend. For the few Europeans attending, a long hot dog stand provided service in the pit area.

    As for the race itself, it took the winner just under two hours to complete the forty laps at an average speed of 81.92 m.p.h. -- slower than last year's since the drivers were slowed down by rain in the final half and hour. It was the first victory in three attempts for Australian Vern Schuppan. Second place went to English driver David Purley in his Chevron Ford and third to Hurbert Adamczyk of Hongkong in his Porsche Carrera RSR.

    Victory points in Macao do not count towards the World Driver's Championship ... nor are they likely to. But for those who do take part in Asia's equivalent of Monte Carlo, the Macao Grand Prix is serious racing.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE8FAK71L6S80YDZC6TSQHEBZK
    Media URN:
    VLVAE8FAK71L6S80YDZC6TSQHEBZK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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