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    Motor racing scenes from the U.S.A. containing the reputed first filmed accident.

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    Item title reads: "Brooklyn N.Y. 120 Miles An Hour - Remarkable pictures of Auto Racing the first to show the actual occurrence of an accident"

    Brooklyn, New York, United States of America (USA).

    WS. Slow motion as motor race gets away from start. WS. Cars racing on banked track camera pans and follows them onto the straight in front of Grandstand. WS. Slightly closer four cars racing together on the banked section of the track. LS. Car racing in front of the Grandstand with smoke pouring out as it goes. LS Two cars racing together. WS. Cars racing together the leading car loses control and skids and spins to the bottom of the track leaving a trail of smoke. The car recovers heads out of shot and the camera pans to see it crash into the barrier and then roll backwards.

    A racing enthusiast confirmed for British Pathe in October 2010: "This is rare footage of Louis Chevrolet racing at Coney Island, NY in September of 1919. Louie is driving the number 7 Frontenac. The images have been reversed, and the footage shows the cars racing clockwise around the track, instead of counter-clockwise.Louis is seated on the infield side of his machine, with his riding mechanic seated on the outside of the car. This was one of the last races he ever competed in. He dropped out when his car caught on fire. The movie has been edited, and we see the start of the race, Louie taking the early lead, the fire, and then Louie racing side by side." - JC

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:58:33:00 / 01:59:58:00
    G 609

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