• Short Summary

    A look at woman racing driver, Jean Mortimer, preparing her car for end of petrol rationing.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Jean Mortimer takes to the road"

    Location of events unknown.

    Various shots of motor enthusiasts tuning the engines of their racing cars, in preparation for end of petrol rationing. One of the enthusiasts is Jean Mortimer, we see her fixing her Bentley car. Her Dachshund watches. Her husband Charles Mortimer joins her and helps her work on the engine. Jean gets in the driving seat of her car. Charles helps her adjust her helmet and goggle. She drives off down country road.

    Narrator comments: "Jean Mortimer ... is not only helping to solve the many problems of motor engineering, but helping break down the prejudices that still persist against women doing men's jobs".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1329.24
    Media URN:
    43908
    Group:
    New pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1946
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:50:15:00 / 01:51:47:00
    Canister:
    NP 116

Comments (5)

  1. jamied says

    I agree with the previous contributor that the car seen at the outset of the clip is not a Bentley but an Aston Martin. This vehicle, (Reg. No. BML 328), manufactured in 1943, is still running in 2013.

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  2. roycousins says

    Aston Martin BML328 was built in 1934 for the RAC Tourist Trophy at Ards in Northern Ireland (where it finished sixth overall and second in class) and designated "LM15" as a works team car. Originally built for the 1934 Le Mans 24-Hour Race as "LM11" (where it retired), it had to be rebuilt as "LM15" as the original chassis was drilled to reduce weight and this was banned by the TT regulations.

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  3. roycousins says

    0:04 - NJ7750 is a rare Mercedes SSK.
    0:26 - An Alta 2-Litre Sports, one of only six produced before WW2.
    0:34 - Jean Mortimer is seen with Aston Martin BML328 (LM15), which is still actively campaigned in circuit racing and hill climbs in 2014.
    0:48 - Charles Mortimer arrives in a Invicta S-Type.
    1:03 - Jean Mortimer drives off in AKU991, a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster, which is also still raced today.

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  4. Vitesse says

    Location may be RC Rowlands Motors in Byfleet. Charles Mortimer was a partner in the firm at the time and another of the cars visible is an Alta, for which Rowlands were agents for Southern England.

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  5. johngleeson says

    JEAN MORTIMER 1946. The car Jean Mortimer is working on and driving is a pre-war Aston Martin, rather than a Bentley. Other vehicles shown include Mercedes and Invicta sports cars.

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