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    British driver Woolf Barnato wins an endurance motor race in France.

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    Full title reads: "France. Great British Motoring Triumph! 24 hours endurance race won by Capt. Woolf Barnato in a Bentley - the first four in the race were all British!!"


    Racing drivers run to their cars following a standing start. The cars speed away from the start line on an endurance race.

    Shots of cars speeding round track. Some shots of the crowd. More shots of racing cars.

    A car is waved across the finishing line with a flag.

    The winning car, a Bentley No 4, driven by Captain Woolf Barnato, is shown with drivers and crew with their bouquets of flowers.

    Sound Track Missing.

    N.B. Is this footage of the Le Mans endurance race?

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:50:00 / 01:44:40:00
    30/8 aka G 1723

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  1. Unknown user says

    “Is this footage of the Le Mans endurance race?” Yes this is the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 21st & 22nd June 1930.

    At the start the first car away is the white No.1 Mercedes SS of Rudolf Caracciola. But the fast, but unreliable “Blower” (supercharged) Bentley of Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin and Jean Chassagne gave chase in an effort to force the German to use his supercharger more than he wanted. Both cars retired.

    The race was won by car No.4 - Woolf “Babe” Barnato and Glen Kidston in a 6½ -litre Bentley Speed Six, with a sister car (No.2) of Frank Clement and Richard Watney in second place.
    The final shot shows (l-r) Watney, Kidston, Barnato and Clement.

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