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    Carraciola from Germany wins road motor car race in the Republic of Ireland.

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    Republic of Ireland, (Eire, Southern Ireland).

    Full titles read: "THE GREATEST ROAD RACE - Carraciola, in a Mercedes Benz wins for Germany - 63 cars from all countries from 'Baby Sevens' to great racers took part."

    High angled shot of drivers running across race track to their motor cars. They then drive away at speed. L/S's of the cars disappearing down in a cloud of dust. Large crowds of people watch form the side of the track. L/S's of the cars speeding through the centre of small town.

    M/S of driver reversing his car from a sandbag and driving away. M/S's smoke billowing from the bonnet of the car, while people use extinguishes to put it out. Several more shots of race. Winning car speeding down road and passing finishing line and chequered flag. L/S of Carraciola having a wreath placed around his neck by an official. He is also handed the winners trophy.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:53:45:00 / 01:56:45:00
    G 1634

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  1. Unknown user says

    This is the RAC Tourist Trophy at Ards on Saturday 17th August 1929.

    Rudolf Caracciola wins in the rain in a white 7-litre Mercedes SSK (No.70).

    In the final shot an official is about to present the Tourist Trophy (and £1000 prize from the Daily Mail) to Caracciola. Behind the official is Giuseppe Campari, who came second in an Alfa Romeo (No.35).

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  2. Unknown user says

    N.B. this is Ards in Northern Ireland, not Eire.

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  3. ernestfurniture says

    Caracciola's mount for this race, rather than an "SSK", was a 38/250 "SS" (in English parlance). The car was bought by Earl Howe after the race and pitted against Caracciola, this time driving the short-chassis "SSK", in the following year's Irish Grand Prix held in Phoenix Park. Fitting a lighter body from the coachbuilder Barker (he was a director), he finished second ahead of Caracciola but behind Campbell in another 38/250. Both "SS" still exist, but Daimler-Benz failed to retain the SSK and finally had to obtain one from a British owner for their museum.

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