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    A look at the new all-British speed car by Napier-Cambell.

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    Full title missing. According to issue sheet it should read: "New All-British Speed Car. The Napier-Cambell - designed to compete world honours - is expected to do 3 miles a minute".


    M/S of group of mechanics / engineers fiddling inside bonnet of racing car. C/U of two men looking at instruments on dashboard. M/S of racing car with outer shell removed, revealing engine. M/S of racing car, with smooth, aerodynamic shell on, pan to show older racing car next to it. M/S of new and old cars parked next to each other.

    M/S of little boy in pedal car (probably young Donald Campbell) driving between old and new cars, his mother and father (Malcolm Campbell) join him. The father encourages the boy to 'fix' his car using a big wrench. Various shots of team of mechanics / engineers fiddling with car - they remove outer shell and fiddle with engine. M/S of Malcolm Campbell sitting in driving seat of car. Various shots of car, with Campbell behind wheel and line of mechanics in background. More shots of repair work being made to car. More shots of car, with and without outer shell.

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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:
    01:27:19:00 / 01:30:42:00
    G 1350

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  1. Unknown user says

    "The Napier-Cambell" should read Napier-Campbell "Bluebird".

    "M/S of group of mechanics" - amongst them is Campbell's chief mechanic Leo Villa.

    "M/S of racing car, with smooth, aerodynamic shell on, pan to show older racing car" - the racing car is again "Bluebird", the other vehicle is a Bugatti Type 35.

    "little boy in pedal car (probably young Donald Campbell)" - yes, that's Donald Campbell.

    "his mother" - that's Dorothy Campbell.

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  2. Unknown user says

    The other car - YP 4073 - appears to be a Bugatti 2-litre Type 35 (or possibly the Type 39A - a rare 1500cc version of the Type 35 - he acquired from Bugatti in 1926).

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