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  • Short Summary

    Malcolm Campbell creates new record in his Sunbeam car at Pendine, Wales.

  • Description

    Item title reads - A mile in a 1/3rd of a minute. Captain Malcolm Campbell on his monster 350 h.p. Sunbeam, wrests flying mile record from Italy with new record of 150.766 miles per hour. Pendine, Carmarthenshire. Wales.

    M/S of a mechanic working under the bonnet of Malcolm's car, the camera pans across to Malcolm talking to other men. M/S as he bends down and talks to the mechanic. M/S as he climbs into his car and throws some keys to his assistant. M/S of him sat in the car smiling with his supporters behind him. M/S as the car is cranked up and sets off. L/S as he races along. Various shots as they speed along the sands.

    Intertitle - 'Car, driver, tyres, magneto, oil and petrol were all British!'

    M/S of Malcolm sitting in his car, a lady is stood in front and she puts her hand on his shoulder, this could be his wife.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    414.15
    Media URN:
    19685
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    27/07/1925
    Sound:
    Silent
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:21:39:00 / 01:23:23:00
    Canister:
    G 1210

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    The record-breaking run seen here was achieved on 21 July 1925.

    "M/S as he bends down and talks to the mechanic" - that's his engineer H J Leech.

    "M/S as he climbs into his car and throws some keys to his assistant" - that's his chief mechanic Leo Villa.

    "this could be his wife" - yes, that's Dorothy Campbell.

  2. jamied says

    Improving on my earlier comment, "H J Leech" who I referred to is Harry Leech.

  3. jamied says

    More info on Harry Leech, (of whom there's a nice shot of at 00:55, he's the guy in the white shirt)....

    Leech would later become one of just 5 survivors of the R-101 airship disaster in October 1930. He was also awarded the Albert Medal for rescuing another man from the burning wreckage.

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