• Short Summary

    On Epsom Downs, on the outskirts of London today (Sunday) the clock was turned back half a century when nearly 250 veteran motor cycles gathered for their annual run to the seaside of Brighton.

  • Description

    1.
    LV Vintage motor cycling gathering at start
    0.05

    2.
    CU 1903 Lloyd
    0.11

    3.
    SCU No. 41: 1908 450cc Rex Cycle
    0.17

    4.
    SV No.44: 1909 Triumph 499cc wheeled to start
    0.20

    5.
    CU Onlooker
    0.23

    6.
    SV Motor cyclist
    0.26

    7.
    CU Bowler hated lady
    0.29

    8.
    SCU No. 35: 1902 Humber 375cc up to start
    0.35

    9.
    CU Onlooker
    0.37

    10.
    SV Humber starts
    0.43

    11.
    Travelling shot on road No. 54: 1909 Minerva with side-car
    0.45

    12.
    CU Driver
    0.50

    13.
    SLV No. 65L 1913 Royal Enfield with side car - stops on hill and has to be pushed
    0.14

    14.
    SV Cycles round bond SPEED UP IN CAMERA
    1.14

    15.
    LV Driver dismounts from No. 69 - a 1913 Rudge Multi and pushes
    1.29

    16.
    LV Driver pedalling 1902 Kumber
    1.37

    17.
    SV No. 116: 1914 Triumph along road
    1.44

    18.
    SV No 102: 1913 Rudge being push started
    1.48

    19.
    SV No. 87: 1914 Brown Precision along road
    1.58

    20.
    LV Sea at Brighton pan to No. 100: 1911 Bradbury crossing the finishing line followed by No. 40:1914 Daton
    2.09

    21.
    LV No. 120:1910-champion crosses finishing line.
    2.14



    Initials AA/V/WH/EEH


    SPORT: MOTORCYCLE RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: On Epsom Downs, on the outskirts of London today (Sunday) the clock was turned back half a century when nearly 250 veteran motor cycles gathered for their annual run to the seaside of Brighton.

    The motor cycles, all built before 1915, faced some of the wettest weather conditions ever experienced on the run. As one competitor put it: "It's hard enough to keep them going anyway let alone in these conditions."
    Many of the oldest motor cycles had water-cooled engines, their owners too, were soon water-cooled.

    The run to the coast in neither a race nor a competition, but a procession of historic motor cycles, side-cars, and tri-cars. Those that manage to complete the hilly 44 mile run are awarded with a bronze plaque.

    Despite today's bad condition most of the entries arrived in Brighton, and for those that didn't there was a special rescue service provided.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2RX6UXLDYLKIDTQI7P2HU5EFA
    Media URN:
    VLVA2RX6UXLDYLKIDTQI7P2HU5EFA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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