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  • Short Summary

    A look at a futuristic new type of racing car.

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    Surrey.

    Title: "New All-British Speed Car. The Napier Campbell ... designed to compete World honours ... is expected to do 3 miles a minute!"

    M/S of a parked racing car - the bonnet has been removed so we can see the engine. M/S of the same car, six men are gathered around it, some fiddle with the engine (look like mechanics). C/U of a man in a trilby and a man in a flat cap examine the steering wheel. M/S of the driving seat and the steering wheel. C/U of the radiator grill.

    M/S of the car - the bonnet has been replaced, showing the body to be futuristically curvy and aerodynamic. C/U of the six men posing with the car, another man sits in the driving seat. C/U of a man sitting in the driving seat on the car - he looks quite smartly dressed, not a mechanic, one of the designers, perhaps?

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    Film ID:
    362.24
    Media URN:
    24721
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Silent
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:52:00 / 01:55:44:00
    Canister:
    G 1139

Comments (3)

  1. James Thorne says

    This film dates from the end of 1926/start of 1927.
    The car is the new Napier-Campbell \"Blue Bird\", with which Captain Malcolm Campbell (as he then was) hoped to break the record (then held by J G Parry Thomas at 171.02 mph average for the 2-way flying mile and 171.09 for the flying kilometre, set at Pendine Sands on 28th April 1926) and also raise it to 200mph.
    Campbell succeeded in breaking the record, achieving 174.22mph for the mile and 174.88mph for the kilometre at Pendine sands on 4th February 1927. However, his record lasted only 6 weeks and he was beaten to the 200mph mark by Henry Segrave, who set a new record at 203.79mph for the mile and 202.99mph for the kilometre in the 1,000HP Sunbeam at Daytona beach on 29 March 1927.
    Campbell obtained a more powerful engine and had the aerodynamics improved on this car, and on 19 February 1928 broke the record again at Ormond beach in the USA (206.96mph for the mile, 206.36mph for the kilometre). This record lasted 2 months...

  2. James Thorne says

    The man in the trilby inspecting the steering wheel and the smartly-dressed man seated in the car are both Captain (later Sir) Malcolm Campell.

  3. James Thorne says

    The man in the trilby inspecting the steering wheel and the smartly-dressed man seated in the car are both Captain (later Sir) Malcolm Campbell.

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