- Title: SPEED COLLECTION #1
- Date: 26th February 2005
- Summary: SPEED COLLECTION #1
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- Reuters ID: 05FEB26R01
- Story Text:SPEED COLLECTION #1
Stories involving speed, mainly featuring land, water and air records.
Tape 1: FOR VAULTS RETRIEVAL PLEASE QUOTE B0199122 DUB of Tape 1 available on B0199121
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SOME PIECES HAVE BEEN EDITED DOWN FROM ORIGINALS
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Tape 1 (B0199122)
00.00.00.00 - 00.00.43.15
British Pathe (364.08: 24.11.24) MUTE 3 World's Motoring Records broken by Mr. J. G. Parry Thomas in his 8 cylinder Leyland ENGLAND: Surrey: Weybridge: Brooklands. bullet shaped racing car as it speeds around a sloping race track; four men standing on the edge of the track, two hold up placards as the bullet shaped car passes; car coming in for a pit stop; Thomas adjusting his goggles
00.00.48.16 - 00.01.13.12
British Pathe (362.22: 1.1.24) MUTE J. G. P. Thomas, after trying for 2 years, breaks World's hour record, covering 109 miles 160 yards and attaining at times 130 miles per hour
ENGLAND: Surrey: Weybridge: Brooklands: car driving slowly through crowd; parked racing car with Leyland-Thomas No. 1 written on the side with Thomas behind the wheel; CU Thomas sitting in his car.
00.01.18.01 - 00.03.35.02
British Pathe (366.28: 25.12.24) MUTE Flying Officer Bonnet breaks all records - flying at 277 miles per hour. FRANCE:. CU Bonnet perching on the cockpit of his plane, waving at the camera, the image is cropped to look circular; Bonnet shaking hands with several French policemen; Bonnet sitting in the cockpit; Bonnet standing by the propeller of his plane, his chest is decorated with many medals; French street with children playing in it, Bonnet walks towards the camera holding the hands of two little girls (his daughters?); Bonnet and his daughters standing in the doorway of a house; CU Bonnet and the two little girls, he gives them each several kisses.
00.03.40.07 - 00.05.16.15
Gaumont Graphic (Reuters GR 9732: 3.3.26) MUTE Major Seagrave attempting world's speed record, but suffers problems ENGLAND: Lancashire: Southport: Sunbeam car with Seagrave aboard being pushed by men; car at speed R-L along beach; car L-R comes to stop; car being inspected; car surrounded by crowds; Seagrave getting into car; car starts; car comes to stop again
00.05.22.13 - 00.13.21.22
British Pathe (1105.05: Time To Remember 1927: Reel 1) MIX/MIX Fast & Far In The Twenties: A look at the obsession with speed and travel during the late 1920s. British Pathe have rights to clips in Time to Remember programmes but not to commentary or whole programme as screened. These rights belong to Canal Plus. Music have to be cleared before re-use. Various unidentified locations Baby Gar IV speedboat racing a train which is travelling along the coast. The song "Bye Bye Blackbird" is the accompanying soundtrack. train approaching the camera around a curved track. Short shot of a car driving into the back of another car - presumably a stunt, then a car driving into a tree - also a stunt.
Time to Remember title. Airman and his new bride emerge from church to walk through an archway made of aircraft parts held by their friends. The friends throw confetti. They don aviator helmets and climb into a plane to head off on their honeymoon. A shoe is tied to the undercarriage. Title "Fast and Far in the Twenties".Montage sequence of various old locomotives at a showground. People travel on the trains in old fashioned costumes of the appropriate period. One of the trains has the name "Peter Coopers Tom Thumb" on the side.Shot of traffic travelling towards Buckingham Palace in the late 1920s - buses and cars. Nice moving shot of buses and shots of the "Albatross Sleeping Car" which had beds on board for London to Liverpool travellers. Policeman directs traffic.Great sequence showing a new invention, a car with wheels that can be turned sideways for easy parking. A motor car races a horse, the horse jumps fences as does the car! Good stunt. A motorcycle race. Various shots of motorbikes speeding along a dusty road and two crashes. Could be the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT or T.T.) races. The Ulster Grand Prix of 1928. Drivers rush to their cars, various shots of the cars racing through the streets of Ulster. Malcom Campbell's Bugatti catches fire. We see him struggling with a fire extinguisher. Crowd congratulate Kaye Don on his victory - he is awarded a trophy.
CU of Parry Thomas in his racing car. This was filmed as he was about to attempt the land speed record - this was the journey that led to his death. Camera follows the car then there is a shot of the wrecked car with men shovelling sand onto it to put out the flames. There is no footage of the actual crash.Malcolm Campbell's "Bluebird" is wheeled out of a shed by a group of men. Crowds watch as Campbell prepares his car for an attempt on the land speed record. Camera follows the Bluebird as it speeds around the track at Pendine, eventually breaking the record. High angle shot of Major Segrave's latest car being pushed by a crowd of men. Major Segrave climbs into the car, C/U of the Major. M/S of the car ("Sunbeam") being driven out of the factory. Aerial shot of his car racing along Daytona beach. Shots of the car speeding past the camera - his record attempt is succesful. Shots of Seagrave and others. Two shots of Atlantic liners, one in port the other under sail.
00.13.30.04 - 00.14.28.14
British Pathe (672.16: 1.1.27) MUTE Mr. Parry Thomas, famous racing motorist, killed whilst making an attempt on World's record. WALES: Pendine Sands: Parry Thomas sits in 'Babs' and poses. The car 'Babs' is pushed up a slope The press are seen nearby. A sequence follows with 'Babs' hurtling down a slope onto the sands, and speeding along attempting to break the record. The burnt out looking vehicle stands stationary in the sand. A man shovels sand at the tyres.
00.14.35.15 - 00.15.06.17
British Pathe (218.35: 23.8.20) MUTE Some race! What it feels like to sit in a racing motor travelling at breakneck speed. USA: L/S of the racing cars filmed from one in front. L/S as they race around a corner, various shots from the front and back. M/S of the racing cars filmed from the front again. Various shots as they continue the race. M/S as a man waves the chequered flag as the winning car comes in.
00.15.12.02 - 00.15.57.06
British Pathe (724.31: 7.5.28) MUTE Tragedy of Speed! Pictures of Frank Lockhart's fatal bid for speed record. USA: Florida: Daytona Beach: M/S of Frank Lockhart in his motor car, surrounded by people, before his bid for the speed record. Aerial shot taken from a plane of the car speeding along the beach. L/S of the car coming along the beach, past a small crowd of spectators. The car suddenly veers out of control and turns over several times, disintegrating as it goes; we see Lockhart's body come flying out of the car and through the air, landing on the beach - quite horrific. Spectators react with horror - some rush towards the vehicle.M/S of the wrecked car - it is completely smashed; a crowd of people stand around it; a man looks inside
00.16.02.07 - 00.17.48.01
British Pathe (414.15: 27.7.25) MUTE A mile in a 1/3rd of a minute. Captain Malcolm Campbell on his monster 350 h.p. Sunbeam, wrests flying mile record from Italy with new record of 150.766 miles per hour. WALES: Carmarthenshire: Pendine: M/S of a mechanic working under the bonnet of Malcolm's car, the camera pans across to Malcolm talking to other men. M/S as he bends down and talks to the mechanic. M/S as he climbs into his car and throws some keys to his assistant. M/S of him sat in the car smiling with his supporters behind him. M/S as the car is cranked up and sets off. L/S as he races along. Various shots as they speed along the sands. Intertitle - 'Car, driver, tyres, magneto, oil and petrol were all British!' M/S of Malcolm sitting in his car, a lady is stood in front and she puts her hand on his shoulder, this could be his wife.
00.17.54.24 - 00.19.25.03
British Pathe (706.39: 28.11.27) MUTE A Miraculous Ecape From Death. Signor Foresti crashes whilst racing at 150 miles per hour WALES: Carmarthenshire: Pendine: M/S Signor Jules Foresti in his car, on the Pendine Sands, with his legs sticking out the side. There is a small crowd around the car as he cranks the engine. He takes off. Various shots of the car racing along, followed by L/S of the car spinning and crashing. Brief shot of the timekeepers and a final shot of the car with its twisted wheels
00.19.31.22 - 00.20.28.24
British Pathe (724.32: 7.5.29) MUTE Ray Keech wins the title back for America with amazing speed of 207 1/2 m.p.h. USA: Florida: Daytona Beach: M/S of Ray Keech's motor car on the sand before the start of speed bid; numerous people crowd around it. Nice C/U of Keech, fastening his helmet under his chin. The car is pushed to the starting point by a regular car. Several shots of the car racing along the beach at a tremendous speed. High angle L/S of people crowding around the car after it has come to a halt. M/S of Keech being held on the shoulders of two men.
00.20.34.17 - 00.21.54.21
Empire News Bulletin (Reuters ENB263(3): 5.11.28) MUTE World's Air Speed Record beaten by Flt. Lt. D'Arcy Greig, who averages 319.57mph on four consecutive flights.
Location unknown: crowd round sea-plane; Greig into cockpit; plane towed onto water; take-off; in flight; intertitle 'The Flying Bullet actually exceeding 156 yards per second!'; more fly-pasts; plane towed to shore; Greig carried on another man's shoulders to shore; CU Greig.
00.22.00.18 - 00.22.33.05
Gaumont Graphic (Reuters GR 14723: 1.1.29) MUTE Segrave's Winning Way! Sir Henry does 73mph, beating all competitors at Potsdam Regatta. GERMANY: Potsdam: Sir Henry Segrave in motorboat; boat 'Miss England' at speed; 'Miss England' overtakes another boat
00.22.38.23 - 00.23.44.09
British Pathe (782.14: 14.3.29) MUTE Speed King's triumph - 231 miles per hour! Major Henry Segrave wins back the world's speed record in his all-British Golden Arrow.Meanwhile, Malcolm Campbell is getting ready for his attempt on the record. USA: Florida: Daytona Beach: M/S of the team pushing the car. C/U of him in the driving seat talking to one of the men. M/S after he has got out as they shake his hand and give him three cheers, then carry him off on their shoulders. Intertitle - 'in South Africa, Captain Malcolm Campbell is "all ready" for his attempt with the new "Blue Bird."' L/S of Captain Campbell in his car, the camera pans across it. Various shots as people stand around and look, M/S of him in driving seat.
00.23.50.19 - 00.24.23.18
Empire News Bulletin (Reuters ENB302(1): 21.3.29) MUTE E.A. Eldridge establishes new world's record by averaging 72.5mph for 24 hours. FRANCE: Montlhery: CU Ernest Eldridge wearing eye-patch; car at speed round banked track; watching people at track-side; car finishes; Eldridge given flowers and kissed
00.24.28.06 - 00.25.00.04
British Pathe (782.24: 21.3.29) MUTE New world's speed record for Britain. First and exclusive pictures of Major Segrave and the 'Golden Arrow's' all British triumph! USA: Florida: Daytona: Various shots as his team wheel Henry Segrave's car along. M/S as it speeds off down the track.
00.25.06.20 - 00.26.22.15
Gaumont Graphic (Reuters GR 16211: 1.1.30) MUTE Charles Lindbergh, accompanied by his wife Anne set new trans-Continental flying record - 2,530 miles in 14 hours, 45 minutes (beating previous time of 17 hours, 38 minutes). USA: California: Glendale Lindbergh & wife posing by plane; plane in flight air-to-air shots; arrival at night at Roosevelt Field, New York; both seated in plane
00.26.29.05 - 00.28.50.22
British Pathe (751.17: 10.11.30) MUTE 150 miles an hour on a motor cycle! Streamlined in every possible way even to his helmet, J S Wright on a J.A.P engined O.E.C. wins back record for Britain from Germany. IRELAND: Cork: Wright gets ready for his record attempt. His clothing is being strapped down to cut back on wind resistance. He even has tape put around his throat - this looks a little dangerous. BV of him wearing a streamlined motorcycle helmet. Views of his streamlined OEC motorbike. Mechanics checking over the bike. The name "Jap" is shown on the engine (This is short for J.A.Prestwich. It does not mean 'Japanese' as suggested in original shotlist!) Views of Wright preparing for his ride. Good CU and MS of Wright as he gets onto his bike and prepares to start off. Shots of the bike being towed behind a car to get up to starting speed. Shots of the motorcycle making several passes at high speed along very straight stretch of road. Good shot as bike passes under banner advertising BP (British Petroleum) Motor Spirit. N.B. Joseph S Wright of Great Britain broke the speed record at 150.74 mph on 6/11/30.
00.28.56.22 - 00.30.02.01
British Pathe (655.34: 21.12.30) FX/FX All speed records ours ... now! Mr C Harrison in 'Non Sequitor X' wins World's Outboard Boat Speed Record (55.33 MPH) for Britain." ISLE OF WIGHT: Cowes: small speedboat 'Non-Sequitor X' speeds across water in dock area. The one man motorboat with an outboard engine picks up a fair bit of speed. The boat makes several runs past the camera.Mr Harrison comes up onto the dockside and is congratulated by a timekeeper who gives him the times of his two runs and tells him he has broken a World Record.
00.30.09.02 - 00.32.09.06
British Pathe (761.09: 15.2.31) MIX/MIX World's speed record broken. Capt. Malcolm Campbell scores great triumph in his giant all-British racer "Blue Bird" at Daytona Beach.
USA: Florida: Daytona Beach: Bluebird car is pushed past crowd. British speed ace Malcolm Campbell speaks about attempt at speed record. Bluebird car is towed out onto the beach. New wheels are fitted. CU front of car with American and British flags painted on. The car is started up and Malcolm Campbell drives off. Various shots of Bluebird speeding up and down the beach. Intertitle reads: "... over 4 miles a minute - let us - for this once - boast of our all-British triumph in skill, pluck & engineering!" Various shots of Bluebird speeding up and down the beach. Malcolm Campbell speaks of his thanks for his crew. He is cheered as he gets out of his car.
00.32.15.22 - 00.34.05.03
British Pathe (763.34: 16.3.31) MUTE 'Baby' Car Record Beaten. Mr G E T Eyston - in a MG Midget - beats Sir Malcolm Campbell's record for mile and kilometre with speed of 96 and 97 mph respectively. ENGLAND: Surrey: Weybridge: Brooklands: Shot of Captain George Eyston in his small M.G. (Morris Garages) sports car / racing car. Eyston and his mechanics check over the car. He climbs into the car. Someone just off camera shakes his hand. Shots of Eyston speeding around the Brooklands track, steam train on track alongside; Eyston sits in his car and chats (sadly mute).
00.34.11.16 - 00.35.25.18
British Pathe (767.10: 9.4.31) FX/FX Thrilling outboard race precedes Gar Woods record run of 102 mph. USA: Florida: Small motorboats with outboard motors speed across water. CU as man fires small starting canon. More shots of speed boat race. Shot of larger boat. Good shot of wave going out behind boat. A plane follows the boat. Aerial views of Gar Wood's boat Miss America IX.
00.35.31.24 - 00.36.45.19
British Pathe (873.14: 29.11.31) For the only speed record we don't possess! Mr C Harrison attains speed of 57.5 mph easily beating America's record for outboard motorboats
ENGLAND: London: Hendon: The Welsh Harp: A speedboat driver sits in his boat while a man talks to camera (I think the driver is Harrison and the speaker may be Mr J W Shellan) standing on jetty.The boats outboard motor is started up and it moves away into the water. Various shots of the boat speeding up and down. The boat looks like 1930 record-breaker 'Non-Sequitur X' featured in previous story.
00.36.51.12 - 00.39.40.04
British Pathe (709.32: 7.3.32) MIX/MIX 253.96 Miles Per Hour! Sir Malcolm Campbell in his reconditioned 'Bluebird', beats his own record by 8 mph USA: probably Daytona Beach, Florida: CU of Sir Malcolm Campbell sitting in the cockpit of 'Blue Bird'. Aerial views of the car speeding down the beach on a run to break the World's Land Speed Record. aerial views of the crowd gathered around the car on the beach. Campbell is cheered as he gets out of the car. He stands with a woman (presumably his wife). He gives her a hug and a kiss. Campbell talks to camera. Campbell with mechanics. This record was set on 24th February 1932.
00.38.46.21 - 00.42.07.08
British Pathe (572.08: 22.3.33) MIX/MIX Campbell Sets New Speed Mark! Sir Malcolm drives Bluebird 272.1mph. USA: Florida: Daytona Beach: Sir Malcolm Campbell's car Bluebird is towed out to the beach. Slick racing tyres are put on and it if filled with fuel. several shots of the car speeding up and down the flat beach. A crowd of people are watching. Sir Malcolm talks to the cameras surrounded by his crew. He gives his thanks to his mechanics. One of the crew shouts 'Three cheers for the skipper' and they lift Campbell shoulder high. Followed by a section of cuts - More shots of people watching the beach. CU of tyres being changed. More shots of crowds at beach. Another version of the interview with Campbell. Another interview with Campbell standing in front of the car. He is lifted into the cockpit of the car. Nice CU of Sir Malcolm wearing his driving helmet. More shots of this 'four wheel streak of lightning'.
00.42.13.01 - 00.43.23.16
British Pathe (735.14: 30.10.33) FX/FX World's Diesel Engine Car Record - won for Britain by Capt. G E T Eyston in Saloon car fitted with an ordinary bus engine with speed of 106 mph, despite high wind and heavy rain. ENGLAND: Surrey: Brooklands: Various shots of streamlined car speeding around the banked track at Brooklands. It looks more like an ordinary production car than a sports car. MS of car, Captain George Eyston leans on the front and describes the workings of the car. Closer shot of Eyston - he talks about the low fuel consumption of the engine which came straight out of a London Bus. His run cost his threepence.
00.43.31.24 - 00.45.03.22
British Pathe (739.06: 20.11.33) FX/FX The Fastest Thing On The Sea! Mr H Scott-Paine, 'Scotty', Britain's red headed speedboat ace, piloting his own boat sets up new 'Single-engined' record - 102 105 mph. ENGLAND: Hampshire: Southampton Water: speedboat is pushed out into the water from boat shed. The boat is "Miss Britain III". Scott-Paine stands on the front of the boat and puts on his lifejacket. Various shots of the speedboat racing across the water at high speed. Two shot of H Scott-Paine and mechanic talking about record breaking run. CU Scott Paine.
00.45.11.09 - 00.48.28.12
British Pathe (801.11: 29.10.34) MIX/MIX World Records Broken. Amazing Speeds by Hans von Stuck on Avus Track, Berlin. GERMANY: Berlin: Various shots of the men working on engine of Hans Von Stuck's car - car has Audi's sign on the front. Car is made by Auto Union AG. Hans von Stuck into the car and drives to track. Various shots of the car speeding along the track. Car slows down with Hans von Stuck at wheel. Records broken were the standing kilometre, the standing mile, the 50 kilometres, 50 miles and 100 kilometres.
00.46.34.19 - 00.47.36.09
British Pathe (835.05: 25.7.35) MIX/MIX Car Records for Britain - John Cobb's achievements on Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. USA: Utah: Bonneville Salt Flats: John Cobb standing beside his Napier Railton car. He is having grease applied to his face to protect him from the salt as he prepares to break the world's long distance speed records. MS. John Cobb having grease applied. MS. Cobb having grease applied to the back of his neck. LS. Cobb starting to put on his helmet. MS. the grill of the Napier Railton. MS. the car is pushed started by the mechanics. MS. Pan the car returning to the garage having completed the first 500 miles at an average speed of 147 mph. MS. Cobb looking at the bonnet of the car. MS. Mechanics preparing the car. MS. the car returning to the pits. CU. the damage sustained by one of the tyres. WS. Cobb standing by his car which has achieved 15 world records having been driven continuously for 24 hours at an average speed of 134 mph. WS. The car during one of its runs.
00.47.41.12 - 00.49.16.04
British Pathe (833.08) MIX/MIX Speed Duels - Motor racing thrills at Brooklands ENGLAND: Surrey: Brooklands: WS. bank holiday crowds at the Brooklands race track. LS. a racing car being push started. WS. two cars racing round the bank of the track. WS. the duel between two women drivers. WS. the race in progress. CU. Mrs Kay Petre in her twelve cylinder Delage WS. Mrs Petre racing to complete the fastest lap recorded by a woman she managed a lap at 134.24 mph LS. Mrs Gwenda Stewart in a super charged Derby WS. Mrs Stewart racing she achieved 133.67 mph WS. pan Mrs Petre as her car is pushed by a mechanic. LS. Mrs Petre and Mrs Stewart after the race Mrs Stewart congratulates Mrs. Petre on having won. MS. Prince Chula of Siam who is to present a trophy to the winner of the next race. WS. start of the race with smaller cars going first in handicap start. WS. cars rounding a corner. WS. back view of car acing round near the top of the banking. LS. crowds with cars racing past on the straight. WS. cars rounding a sharp corner and skidding as they go Pat Driscoll driving a baby Austin wins the race. LS. small boy standing by a car. WS. Oliver Bertram in a Bernato Hassam special? he achieved the fastest lap ever recorded at Brooklands. MS. Bertram seated in his car.
00.49.22.22 - 00.50.41.20
British Pathe (839.48: 12.9.35) MIX/MIX Land speed record. Sir Malcolm Campbell's remarkable achievement at Bourneville, Utah USA: Utah; Bonneville Flats: Various L/Ss of aeroplanes in flight and an ocean liner at sea ("Queen Mary"?) representing speed at which these pictures were brought to British audiences. Various shots of streamlined car, 'Blue Bird' being towed across Salt Lake (looks like desert). Various C/Us of car. Various shots of 'Blue Bird' driving very fast across salt lake in record breaking speed attempt. M/S of driver, Malcolm Campbell, getting out of car. M/S of group people clapping. C/U of Campbell talking to camera - he explains that although cars' body is covered with salt from the lake, none got into driving seat. M/S of convoy of ordinary cars crossing salt lake.
00.50.48.12 - 00.51.18.13
British Pathe (937.03: 28.10.37) MIX/MIX German road speed champion Bernard Rosemeyer in his Auto Union sets new mile standing-start record and British driver A.G. Gardner sets 5 mile record. GERMANY: Rosemeyer seated in car; car at speed along autobahn; Several shots of the British MG Magnet car with Major A. G. Gardner at wheel, getting ready for record attempt.Several shots of the car speeding along the road.
00.51.28.06 - 00.52.19.18
British Pathe (963.15: 5.5.38) MIX/MIX Hugh Gringras beats the World Hydroplane Speed Record in his boat 'Grey Goose'. USA: Florida: Various shots of Hugh Gringras in his hydroplane boat 'Grey Goose' making two runs along a stretch of water in trying to beat the world record for hydroplane speed. He makes more than 73 mph on his second run, beating the record. C/U of Hugh smiling.
00.52.25.17 - 00.53.20.10
Gaumont British (Reuters GB 12500) MIX/MIX Captain George Eyston breaks world land speed record - 345.49mph. USA: Utah; Bonneville Flats: Eyston seated in car; 'Thunderbolt' car being worked on; car at speed away; black line which car follows across flats; aerials of Eyston car at speed; salt-covered tyres; CU Eyston after run looking very grubby indeed
00.53.25.03 - 00.54.07.00
British Pathe (979.43: 8.9.38) MIX/MIX
Fastest man on earth. Captain George Eyston breaks speed record in his British built 3,200 horse power car. USA: Utah: Bonneville Flats: L/S of a crowd of people at the Salt Lake. M/S of the car. L/S as it sets off on attempt. M/S of the road as it speeds along. Various aerial shots of the car. M/S as man walks over to check timing machine which is on 347 mph. Various aerial shots as Eyston races back again at 345 mph. C/U of Eyston smiling and chatting afterwards.
00.54.12.19 - 00.54.58.03
Gaumont British (Reuters GB 12623: 19.9.38) MIX/MIX John Cobb breaks World's Land Speed Record, then Captain George Eyston breaks Cobb's record USA: Utah: Bonneville Flats: Cobb's car being prepared by mechanics, pouring ice to cool engine; car away; car at speed, breaking record - first man past 350mph; measuring devices; Captain Eyston 'Thunderbolt' car at speed, breaking record at 357mph; measuring device; Cobb with Eyston
00.55.02.02 - 00.56.06.16
British Pathe (981.20: 19.9.38) MIX/MIX USA: Utah: Salt Lake: Various shots of John Cobb and his team preparing his car for an attempt on the Land Speed Record. Commentator tells us George Eyston has pushed the record up to 345 miles an hour. Cobb walks along a small gangway sticking out over his car to get into the 'cockpit' and the cover of the car is screwed down over his head. Several shots of Cobb driving along in the streamlined car in his attempt on the record. He reaches more than 350 miles an hour.
00.56.12.18 - 00.56.40.09
Gaumont British (Reuters GB 14654: 24.8.39) MIX/MIX John Cobb breaks land speed record at 368.85mph average. USA: Utah: Cobb lowering himself in car from plank; CU Cobb; Cobb car away; Car at speed; Cobb patted on back and acknowledging applause somewhat bashfully
00.56.45.18 - 00.57.42.05
British Pathe (1019.06: 21.8.39) MIX/MIX Sir Malcolm Campbell breaks water speed record in Bluebird II ENGLAND: Lake Coniston: Malcolm Campbell climbing into Bluebird II speed boat on Lake Coniston in the Lake District; boat as it races across lake setting a new world water speed record of 142 mph; boat being towed in and crowd cheering Campbell; Campbell lighting his pipe
00.57.47.08 - 00.58.02.08
British Pathe (1021.34: 23.11.39) MIX/MIX John Cobb breaks land speed record at 369mph. USA: Utah: Salt Lake: C/U of the racing motorist John Cobb in his car on Salt Lake beach in the United States of America. Various shots of Cobb moving across Salt Lake
00.58.09.22 - 01.00.11.02
British Pathe (1408.04: 19.8.46) MIX/MIX Group Captain Edward M. Donaldson achieves unofficial fastest speed of 615.78 mph in Gloster Meteor jet plane. ENGLAND: Littlehampton: Various shots of mechanics working on a Gloster Meteor aeroplane. C/U of Group Captain Donaldson in the cockpit of his aeroplane. Various shots as it taxis and takes off. Various shots of the Meteor in flight on world speed record attempt. M/S's of barrage balloons marking course. M/S of experts operating timing machines to test the speed of the flight. M/S of Donaldson back on the ground with Squadron Leader Waterton. Donaldson makes speech about new record. Engineers adjust Waterton's plane before he gets in for his attempt. Various good shots of the Meteor speeding out over the sea.
01.00.15.24 - 01.00.39.17
Reuters (Gaumont British GB 25625: 26.9.46) MIX/MIX Captain Martin of the USA in a P84 Thunderjet sets US record of 611mph, but fails to break World Record USA: California: P84 Thunderjet taxi-ing; take-off; plane making several fly-pasts
01.00.44.22 - 01.01.42.15
British Pathe (2389.14: 1.1.47) FX/FX U.S. Navy's Skystreak D.558 jet plane, piloted by Marine Major Marion E. Carl, breaks world speed record with average speed 650.90 mph. The story is dated 1.1.47, but the event actually happened on 25.8.47. USA: California: Muroc Dry Lake: Tail view of the plane showing jet; CS pilot Marine Major Marion Carl; plane taking off; speed checkers and photographers; plane in flight, streaking past; very good shot of the plane rising out of a dive and flying towards camera, out of the picture.
01.01.49.04 - 01.03.18.11
Reuters (Gaumont British GB 27553) MIX/MIX John Cobb breaks land-speed record on in his Railton-Special at just under 400 miles per hour. He went past 400mph on one of the two runs that form the record. USA: Utah: Salt Lake: Work around Carr; Cobb watching; ice poured onto engine to keep it cool; sand rubbed off Cobb's feet; Cobb into car from plank suspended above cockpit; car starts run; aerial shots and ground shots of car at speed; speed checkers; Cobb out of car and kissed by wife
01.03.23.07 - 01.04.04.15
British Pathe (1438.11: 20.9.48) MIX/MIX Lieutenant-Colonel Goldie Gardner, British ace, breaks three world records at Ostend race meeting. BELGIUM: Ostend: Close up shot of Lieutenant Colonel Goldie Gardner before his attempt to break the short distance world speed record. Close up shot of Gardner's 2-litre MG car. Close up shot, from back, looking into cockpit. Mechanics working on car. Close up shot of mechanic giving wheel wing nut final tap. Colonel Gardner sliding into cockpit. Mechanic hands him steering wheel. Mechanic about to push the car off. Close up shot of the car, pan as mechanics push it off. High angle long shot of Gardner in his midget MG car making record attempt. Pan, Gardner breaks 1 km, 1 mile and 5 km records. People looking on. Close up shot of Gardner being congratulated after run.
01.04.10.15 - 01.04.51.00
British Pathe (1444.07: 13.12.48) MIX/MIX Italian Piero Tarriffi breaks light car speed record at 144mph. ITALY: Rome: Top shot of speed car on roadway. Close up shot of engine - Guzzi 500, pan along car. Close up shot of exhaust and engine ventilation holes. Driver, Piero Tarriffi, enters the car, getting ready to challenge car speed record held by Goldie Gardner of Britain. Close up shot of the driver pulling up cockpit cover. Top shot, flap being elevated. Close up shot of flap being lifted. Close up shot of timing apparatus. Close up shot of another piece of equipment. Car is pushed and starts moving towards camera. Long shot, pan, car past under bridge. Speed measuring team. Close up shot of piece of apparatus. Long shot, pan with car as it moves past camera at speed. Close up shot of a man speaking into phone. Long shot, pan with car moving past camera at speed in opposite direction.
01.04.56.15 - 01.05.50.05
British Pathe (1405.32: 21.2.49) MIX/MIX An American Northrop Flying Wing Jet breaks Trans-continental speed record - average speed 515mph. USA: California: Muroc Lake:
B-49 Northrop jet-propelled Flying Wing takes off in California; Flying Wing in flight; A big city in Ohio from 40,000 feet; Padded pilot; Washington DC: Flying Wing touching down at St. Andrews Field
01.05.56.08 - 01.06.36.13
British Pathe (2636.26: 1.1.52) MIX/MIX The F-86D Sabre jet plane sets new speed record of 698.50mph, piloted by J. Slade Nash. Although story dated 1.1.52, the event actually happened on 19.11.52 USA: California: Salton Sea: pilot Captain J Slade Nash in cockpit; Sabre taxiing out;. it takes off;.jet flying over airfield; timekeeper watching
01.06.41.21 - 01.09.25.13
British Pathe (30.44: 2.10.52) MIX/MIX John Cobb dies during attempt on water speed record. SCOTLAND: Loch Ness: CU John Cobb. SV. Cobb's boat 'Crusader' being pulled out of hangar for new engine to be fitted. SV. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother alighting from car and being greeted by John Cobb. SV. New engine being lowered into boat. SV. Queen Mother and Cobb looking up at boat. SV. New engine in boat. SV. Queen Mother talking to Cobb. (2 shots). SV. Crusader being lowered into water. CU. John Cobb with officials. SV. Mrs. Cobb (right) with friend looking on. SV. Cobb climbing into boat. CU. Starter batteries. SV. Stern of boat. LV. Showing jet exhaust whipping up water. SV. Cobb seated in cockpit cleaning windscreen. GV. Loch Ness. SV. Cobb in boat moving out to start. SV. Towards boat moving out to start. SV. Timekeepers awaiting run. LV. Cobb about to start run. SV. Mrs. Cobb and others looking on. SV. Pan Cobb making test run at speed (left to right). SV. Timekeepers. SV. Pan Cobb making second run from right to left. CU. Mrs. Cobb looking worried. LS. Boat crashes. LS. Wreckage, bounce. SV. John Cobb seated in 'Crusader's' cockpit being towed to landing stage.
01.09.30.20 - 01.11.16.18
Reuters (Paramount P21624: 7.9.53) MIX/MIX Neville Duke puts air-speed record beyond all doubt with four sensational runs of measured course. The official record stands at 727.6mph. ENGLAND: Tangmere: Neville Duke in cockpit of Hawker Hunter puts on helmet; plane taking off; time-keepers take places; Duke fly-pasts; Duke doing a Victory roll over Tangmere; plane lands and taxis; Duke with wife
01.11.21.22 - 01.12.01.19
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