Documentary covering the 1955 Le Mans endurance race - the one with the terrible crash.
Lots of nice behind the scenes shots. All the names of cars and drivers are taken from the voice over - please inform Pathe of corrections. Reel 1 was originally reel 1 and 2.
A journalist types on old fashioned typewriter. Radio broadcasters speak into microphones (they wear earphones). Cars still racing on the track at Le Mans with smoke from the accident still rising in the background. The Juan Fangio and Stirling Moss driven Mercedes comes round the corner (it uses a radical air brake to assist in the cornering). Ferrari's, Jaguars and Masserati all round the bend on the Le Mans course. Les Brook in his car as it is stuck on a sand bank at the side of the track.
Two French policemen (Gendarmes) try to use their radio equipment. Car No 35 reverses of escape track and returns to the race. Car speeds past grandstand. Dusk begins to fall and cars turn on their headlights as the race continues. Clays (sp?) from Belgium brings his Jaguar into the pit lane. Other driver gets into car. Shots of building on circuit as darkness falls. Press box in darkness. Men play cards. Illuminated scoreboard above the pits shows the standing of the various cars. Cars racing in darkness. People buying gifts and food at illuminated stalls. A clown and two women in silvery dress ride in circles on unicycles. They are on a small stage as part of the entertainment for race goers. People look on. Girl bouncing on a trampoline. Girl banging drum and crashing cymbals. Little boy attempts forwards somersault on trampoline.
More racing scenes in darkness. Car comes into pit lane (very dark). Mercedes boss talks to driver in the pit (Mercedes are withdrawn from the race). Men in office. Silhouette of driver preparing to get into car. Men in pits working on cars. Driver into Jaguar and he moves away.
Two young boys get out of tent. Two men sit in tent, one is cleaning his shoes and the other is wiping his face. Woman ties headscarf.