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    Motorcycle sidecar race in rural location.

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    Motorcycle Sidecar Race.

    Location of events unknown - looks like rural location somewhere in Britain.

    Opens with CU of motorcycle racer with sidecar and passenger starting up his engine. DS from high hill; looking at cyclists on hairpin curve - crowd gathered on the grass on inside of the 'hairpin'. Shot of bike driving around curve; toward camera; pan as it goes round another curve. Cycle driving on straight road; toward a guy in a coat and 'Dunlop' sash; who stands at a corner of the road and points to the left. Cool shot of a cycle driving past a small crowd of spectators (this is a ground version of the people in the middle of the hairpin curve) waiting on the grass; under banners for Dunlop Tyres; etc.; another guy in coat and 'Dunlop' sash pointing on up the hill.

    Various shots of the race - in going round curves; the sidecar rider leans way out to the side to balance the weight. This is taking place in a wooded area - there are big trees and lots of bushes and growth. One curve; though; has a stone wall on the side. At the finish line: the winning motorcycle comes across; a man brings down the flag; spectators in stands in BG. CU front view of the winners; still on motorcycle / in sidecar. They are both given cigarettes by men standing around them.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:57:11:00 / 02:00:49:00
    ON 079 D

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  1. InkyAnn says

    This is footage of the 1923 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race, the first year in which sidecars competed. The rider and passenger on the start line are Freddie Dixon and T ‘Walter’ Denny on their famous ‘banking sidecar’. They won the race and set the lap record with an average lap speed of 53.15mph. [Note the famous postcard image of their winning sidecar, bearing number 55, is inaccurately labelled as it gives Walter’s surname as Perry.] (References:, &era=1, The hairpin bend is the famous Ramsey Hairpin still used on the modern TT Mountain Course, looking back at the town on Ramsey in the distance. Their sidecar was ground-breaking as Walter had long handles to enable the whole machine to be banked around corners, reducing the amount he had to lean. Compare the footage of them at the hairpin (00:09)…

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  2. InkyAnn says

    with the footage of other competitors (00:38 onwards), who had to work considerably, and you will see how much difference it made. The sidecar is now kept in the Milntown Estates collection on the Isle Of Man. (

    At 00:23 you can see a marshal – wearing a white coat and Dunlop Tyres sash – directing the racers in the correct direction. At 01:34 the footage changes so the camera is pointing back down the circuit as the machines climb up the hill immediately following the Hairpin. The S-shaped bend over the bridge may be the modern Braddan Bridge, which is still on the modern TT circuit. The camera is positioned on the edge of Kirk Braddan churchyard.

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