• Short Summary

    A new design called a giroboat, a dinghy with helicopter propellors, which takes off when pulled along.

  • Description

    Glasgow, Scotland.

    L/S of Dougal Campbell, Scottish water-skiing champion in action. L/S of speedboats pulling the 'Giroboats' which are dinghies with helicopter blades attached so that when they are going fast enough they take off. M/S of the giroboats in the water, one of them has 'Evinrude' written on the side. M/S of another giroboat with 'Cameron & Campbell' written on the side, it takes off and starts to fly while still attached to the boat. The giroboat must reach a speed of 20 miles per hour to get out of the water.

    M/S of the designer carrying a propellor to the boats on the shore. He is their designer, 26 year old John Hofstetter. M/S as he fits the propellor to the boat, C/U as he adjusts it with a spanner. M/S of several speedboats in the water, the one in the foreground is called 'Miss Evinrude'. C/U of the giroboat being pulled along by the speedboat. M/S of Miss Evinrude, M/S of the giroboat getting up speed, it has Cameron & Campbell on the side. M/S of Miss Evinrude and M/S of the giroboat taking off. L/S as it flies through the air behind the speedboat. M/S of the giroboat from the point of view of the speedboat. M/S as the giroboat flies past the camera. C/U of a couple watching from the river bank. M/S as the giroboat flies along. C/U of the couple watching again and M/S of the giroboat flying past.

    Note: this story has been transferred to Digibeta twice. Picture quality is better on the first version (163.04) but second version in in sync (163.08) - time codes as per this record The mute neg for this item is out of sync with track due to black leader within the neg, please use print if using film version.

    Also present in the scene: John's wife Shelagh Hofstetter seen flying a giroboat and driving a speedboat. Gordon Cameron, Scottish speedboat champion, is seen driving one of the towing boats.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:13:59:00 / 01:16:23:00
    CP 360

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  1. Unknown user says

    "Dougall Campbell, Scottish water-skiing champion" - his name should read Dougal Campbell, his name mentioned here..........


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