British Moto Cross riders surprised and delighted 50,000 spectators at Brands Hatch, Kent, by taking first and second places in a truly international meeting.
The teams from seven Nations march on led by the Sagenham Girl Pipers.
The teams are greeted by Mr. D.S. HEATHER, Chairman of the Motor Cycle Section of the Cycle and Motor Cycle Manufacturers Asscn.
They are presented in the following order:- DENMARK - FRANCE - ITALY - THE NETHERLANDS - BELGIUM - SWEDEN - BRITISH EMPIRE.
Various close-up including BILL NILSSON of SWEDEN, the World's Champion.
The start of Heat I of the Moto-Cross des Nations.
Various shots during heat I. British Empire riders are Nos. 34 - 36 - 38. Scenes at the first jump.
The Chalk Pit. A steep drop and then a rise and jump. All these scenes during Heat 2. British riders 35 and 37 lead most of the way and won this heat being 1st & 2nd.
The general view start towards the Grandstand is actually of the Senior Invitation race but the riders are so small that it could be used for the Moto Cross des Nations.
The start of the final of the Moto Cross des Nations. Pan with the riders to the first jump. In foreground one of the only spills. This is exclusive if it is in fra???s and usable.
Various shots including through the air at the first jump. Nos 37 & 34 lead throughout for British Empire and they finished 1st and 2nd. No. 36 British Empire came in 7th to make the British Empire Winners of this event.
The winner, No. 37. J. Smith is flagged across the line.
The winning team is congratulated by Mr. D. HEATHER.
The winning team being cheered and applauded by the crowd.
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Background: British Moto Cross riders surprised and delighted 50,000 spectators at Brands Hatch, Kent, by taking first and second places in a truly international meeting.
Before the racing started teams from seven nations formed a parade led by the Dagenham Girl Pipers. The teams were then presented to Mr. D. S. Heather, Chairman of the motor cycle section of the Cycle and Motor Cycle Manufacturers Association in this order: Denmark, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and British Empire.
World's champion Bill Nilsson of Sweden looked confident at the 'call over' but it was to be British Empire day with J. V. Smith and G. D. Curtis, first and second on BSA's and B.W. Martin seventh, also on a BSA.
A Belgian rider, B. Beeten was third, G. Johansson (Sweden) fourth, N. Jansen (Belgium) fifth and H. Scaillet (Belgium) sixth.
Nilsson, (Number 27) quickly went into the lead from a field of 28 riders. Over the 16-mile course, rough riding over the chalk pit drop, the woods, the grass, he built up a three-lap lead.
But the world champion ran into transmission trouble and had to pull into the pits. And the British and Belgium stars closed up the gap. From that point the race developed into a tussle between the two countries.
The Italian riders, on their Gileres, had been eliminated in earlier heats.
At the half way stage, Britain's Jeff Smith and Dave Curtis had moved into first and second positions and though, on the last of the fifteen laps, veteran Beeten of Belgium, tried to break through, he couldn't quite find the race of the British pair.
There were few spills, but at the start of the final one rider took a tumble and sent another careering through the bunting at the side -- luckily no-one was hurt.
And on the winner's rostrum it's 22-year old Smith who receives the accolade of Mr. Heather...and 50,000 cheering fans.