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  • Short Summary

    Shots of a contemporary motor race are contrasted with a race of yesteryear.

  • Description

    Paper records and leader state that this film features a Gordon Bennett Road Race of 1903 - presumably in France.

    Begins with shot of two racing cars speeding around a track. The title looks more modern (Late 1920s or early 1930s?) so is probably a reissue. The location looks like Brooklands. Various shots of the race, then another race with much older cars - early 1900s. This is presumably the Gordon Bennett race.

    Various shots of cars speeding round a corner at a racetrack or at a road race. The winning car slows to a stop and the co-driver takes something from the back of the car and throws it on the road, he then fills the petrol tank from a can (?) L/S of car approaching down a dusty road. Another car zooms past the camera. M/S of crowd watching the race as a car passes under a bridge. The bridge has a spectator's stand built on top of it. L/S of two cars speeding down the dusty road then reverse shot of them going under the bridge.

    Note: Leader states "UN6G" so this is probably a duplicate of that story or a misfiled item - to be checked. Doesn't look like an Eve's Film Review or Pathe Pictorial item.

    Safety print only.

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    Film ID:
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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathe
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:08:00 / 01:48:33:00
    EP 310

Comments (1)

  1. roycousins says

    "Begins with shot of two racing cars speeding around a track. The location looks like Brooklands." - Yes, that's the"Members Bridge" at 00:16.

    The older clip is the Gordon Bennett Cup race on 2nd July 1903 at Kildare, Ireland (motor racing was not permitted on British Roads).

    The "pitstop" at 01:35 is French driver René de Knyff on a Panhard.

    There is a brief glimpse at 02:21 of Belgian driver Camille Jenatzy's white No.4 Mercedes (the winner).

    This footage and more also features in the Shell film "History of Motor Racing - Volume 1 - The Heroic Days."

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