• Short Summary

    Bleriot Anniversary Race: competitors race from London to Paris by any available vehicles.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Pathe joins Air Race".

    Pathe joins Bleriot Anniversary Race from London to Paris, France. GV Marble Arch. SV check point hut. SV "Red Rory" Walker checking out and getting on motorcycle as pillion rider. SV Stirling Moss running to his car, he drives away. SV Lieutenant Commander Bill Boaks leaving on roller skates. SV Mr. Grensted leaving in bubble car. SV vintage car leaving. George A. Eyles, Director of tests for the Institute of Advanced Motorists, checking out from control point, followed by Pathe Cameraman Ken Goddard. Eyles gets into taxi followed by Ken Goddard. Taxi en route for Battersea Heliport. C/U Eyles sitting in taxi. Shot looking through windscreen of taxi as it approaches Marble Arch. Angle shot: rotor blades turning on helicopter. Pan Eyles running to copter at Battersea Heliport. Shot from copter taking off, L/V of River Thames. C/U control panel of copter. Good air view of Biggin Hill as copter lands. Eyles runs towards small passenger plane. Plane en route Villacoublay. Aerial shots English coast, Channel and French coast.

    GV Arc de Triomphe. Captain Walker arriving at the check point on motorcycle. He falls off his pillion seat, having completed journey in 57 minutes. Air view of Eyles flying over Paris. C/U airfield sign: "Bureau des Douanes Francaises". Eyles stepping out of copter and running towards car. Travel shot from car along French country road at speed. CU Eyles. Travel shot through village street at speed. C/U driver. Travel shot along road from car approaching Eiffel Tower. Shot going across bridge and River Seine. G/V from car as it races up the Champs Elysees. Travel shot from car as it approaches crowds assembled around the finishing check point. C/U pressman. Eyles runs to check point, time taken: 2 hours 45 minutes and 14 secs. Eyles takes off cap and wipes forehead. Stirling Moss racing into the finishing point. Moss checking out. Angle shot: Stirling Moss congratulating Eyles on beating him by 40 seconds, Arc de Triomphe in background.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:25:00 / 01:19:22:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    Captain "Red Rory" Walker is my dad! This is the only video footage I have ever seen of him in action! Unbelievable. I am hoping to recreate this journey, will British Pathe support this challenge?
    I am a documentary film maker and am researching for the forthcoming feature "Are you the Red Rory Type?". If anyone out there has any knowledge or involvement with the Special Forces I would greatly appreciated if you made contact. www.Roddywalker.com

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