• Short Summary

    The Essex Hydroplane Racing Club take a spin on Gosfield Lake in Essex.

  • Description

    Gosfield Lake, Essex.

    High angle shots of two of the racers putting on their crash helmets. Pan down from one of the men to show the name of his boats "Whoops" (I think the other is "Lazybones"). High angle shot of another man who smokes a pipe - pan down to his boat "Akela" or "Ake". M/S of three boats in the water - one is called "Clipper".

    Panning shot following a hydroplane boat racing across a lake. Two other boats follow him. Moving shot of the hydroplane racers - various shots. One of the boats is called "Whoops". It is the Essex Hydroplane Racing Club in action. C/U of a man watching through binoculars and various shots of the boats (one point of view shot taken from on board one of the boats).

    Narrator tells audience about the boats - how much they cost, how much petrol they use etc. over shots of the race. C/U of man in a control box jotting down times. Some of the enthusiasts are former motor racing drivers - they have split-second judgement. M/S of man standing with a chequered flag. Low angle shot of a large timing clock. Man waves the flag and the boats move past.

    Paperwork lists drivers as Ken Aldridge (Lazybones), Claud Mayers (Tiger), Harry Place (Clipper) and Sgt "Chuck" Church (Whoops).

    Note: this item also appeared in CP 001. This version may be longer - the shots are certainly in a different order and the commentary slightly different but it is essentially the same story.

    See separate explanation record for CP 001: 'International Pictorials'.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:49:00 / 01:18:55:00
    CP 047

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