• Short Summary

    Susan Hampshire goes downhill in a soapbox on wheels - 'engineless car race'.

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    Brands Hatch.

    S/U shot of an attractive young blonde girl (Rosalind Watkins, professional model) putting a crash helmet on. M/S of another girl (Susan Hampshire, professional actress), also very pretty, with her helmet on. She is putting her gloves on. Cut to M/S of another two girls, one behind another, putting their helmets on. Cut to M/S of three strange looking vehicles, resembling cars, on the road. Girls are walking towards them. Voiceover explains that this is a race of 'engineless' cars, made of soapboxes, which move only downhill.

    M/S of the two girls and a man getting into their cars. Girls are Ms Rosalind Watkins and Susan Hampshire and man is Mr Ian Raby, racing driver, who is competing "on this occasion (he says!) to give the girls a few tips." Medium, high angle shot of Susan Hampshire in her car. Three girls stand behind the cars and push them so the race starts.

    Front shot of the cars going downhill pretty fast. M/S of one of the cars rolling downwards. As they descend, the cars slow down so the drivers have to stick their feet out and push. Ms Hampshire has finished off the track but Ms Watkins is doing rather well. L/S of the finish. Ms Watkins wins. Mr Raby, who was very close, gets out of his car and congratulates her.

    M/S of Ms Watkins taking the helmet off - she is very pretty and feminine. She looks at camera and turns her face away, very flirty. M/S of defeated Susan Hampshire from the back, as she pushes her car. Ms Hampshire is wearing tight black trousers and voiceover makes a sexist remark -"with drivers like these, this must be the only race where the losers get all the attention."

    Note: The paperwork states "Susan Hampshire (21). Daughter of George K. Hampshire (Chairman of I.C.I's General Chemical Division). Now professional actress and has played in stage (Expresso Bongo) and T.V. (TV) productions in Britain and USA."

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:44:00 / 01:36:19:00
    CP 226

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  1. Unknown user says

    The date of this event was 23 March 1959.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Other people in this clip, so far undocumented, are Gloria Kindersley, Jennifer Osborne and, at 00:35, Amanda Legge.

    Attached is a (press?) photo taken on the day.......


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