• Short Summary

    Herr von Opel's new rocket car is seen in action in Berlin.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "Motor Racing's Latest Novelty - Herr von Opel... in his rocket car... driven by the explosion of rockets at rear of car... attains remarkable success on first tests."

    Berlin, Germany.

    M/S of a new racing car being wheeled along at a racetrack; M/S of men examining the 'rockets' at the rear of the car. Several shots of the car driving along with a huge cloud of smoke coming out behind it.

    M/S of Fritz von Opel sitting in his car after the tests; he looks a little weary, wiping his brow. He shakes hands with a man standing beside the car.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    728.12
    Media URN:
    34826
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    31/05/1928
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:10:00 / 01:20:09:00
    Canister:
    G 1507

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    "Herr von Opel" is Fritz von Opel.

    The car seen here is the Opel RAK-2.

  2. roycousins says

    This is 23rd May 1928 at the AVUS, Berlin. The Opel RAK2 rocket car reached a speed of 230 km/h or 143 mph, propelled by 24 solid-fuel rockets. This was the second of Fritz von Opel's rocket cars designed by Max Valier, but Opel lost interest as they were only used for publicity stunts. Valier was killed testing a rocket in 1930.

  3. British Pathé says

    Does anyone know what happened to this car?

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