• Short Summary

    Drag racing comes to Britain as the American Commando team race the British.

  • Description

    Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

    Several shots of drivers preparing themselves and their dragsters (cars) for a race at the Santa Pod raceway; men tinkering with engines; attaching parachutes to the back of the vehicles. The dragsters are wheeled to the starting point as commentator tells us "the American Commando Drag Racing team prepare to blast off for a jet-speed duel with British dragsters". A man gets into a silver racing suit with futuristic helmet; nice C/U of two Americans (?), one drinks from a can of Budweiser beer (?).

    Several shots of the elongated dragsters being pushed to the starting point by cars, then speeding along the tracks under their own power; the parachutes fly out from the rear to slow them down.

    Note: on file are some press releases about this race. Cuts exist - see separate record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    421.09
    Media URN:
    4297
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1967
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:53:02:00 / 01:54:40:00
    Canister:
    CP 663

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    The silver dragster heavily featured during this clip is the Ultrasonic Top Fuel car of Bob Barnes.

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