• Short Summary

    Cars race up wonderful hill climb course near Worcester.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Nr Worcester. The Famous Shelsey Walsh Climb. No car could even compete unless capable of climbing the 1-6 grade in less than a minute!"

    Worcester, Worcestershire.

    Various shots of sports cars speeding up hill climb course. Shots of woman driver, Miss Watson in MG Midget. Several of the competitors are women. Various shots of the cars on the course. M.G.s, Masseratis, and Bugattis are amongst those cars taking part.

    CU unidentified driver talking about his having broken a record. He shakes hands with a fellow driver.

    N.B. Correct Spelling - Shelsley Walsh - MD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    725.32
    Media URN:
    6499
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1933
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:50:51:00 / 01:52:29:00
    Canister:
    33/79

Comments (2)

  1. roycousins says

    Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb - September 1933.

    00:45 – No.26 Raymond Mays in the supercharged “White Riley” special.
    01:00 – No.54 Whitney Straight in his black 2.5-litre supercharged Maserati 8C.
    01:12 – No.61 Earl Howe in a Bugatti.

    "unidentified driver talking about his having broken a record. He shakes hands with a fellow driver" - Raymond Mays (wearing a beret) had just broken Hans Stuck's three year old record, but had then been intermediately beaten by Whitney Straight, who is the other driver in this clip.
    Straight, a native New Yorker, was educated at Cambridge, was an RAF fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain - reaching the rank of Air Commodore - then became involved in the aviation industry as Chairman of BEA, then CEO of BOAC and then Deputy Chairman of Rolls Royce.

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  2. MAC Archivist says

    Date of the event was 30th September 1933.

    Cars & drivers seen:-

    No. 1, Eddie Hall, MG C-type Midget, 50.2 secs. Winner of under 850cc Sports Car class.
    No. 5, Miss Watson, MG J3 Midget, 60.4 secs
    No. 7, Pat Driscoll, Works supercharged Austin 7 entered by Sir Herbert Austin, 51.0 secs
    No. 20, Mrs Elsie Wisdom, MG K3 Magnette, 54.4 secs. (The no. 17 still on the side was Nuvolari's number in the TT earlier that year).
    No. 26, Raymond Mays in the "White Riley", prototype for the ERA, 42.2 secs.
    No. 10, Jack Moor's 1100 cc "Wasp" Special, 48.0 secs.
    No. 21, Ashton-Rigby's MG L-type Magna, 56.6 secs.
    No. 54, Whitney Straight's 2½ Litre Maserati 8CM-2500, new hill record of 41.2 secs.
    No. 61, Earl Howe's Type 51 Bugatti, 43.6 secs.

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