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  • Short Summary

    Lots of clips featuring fast boats, cars, trains, greyhounds, rowing teams etc. c. 1927

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    Reel 5.

    Unedited material. Moving shots from interior of a car - front of bonnet just visible. Car driving along country road. Shot from car driving towards Big Ben - tree lined street passing 1920s cars and lorries, pedestrians crossing road. Car overtakes other vehicles without much room to spare. "Speeding up traffic is simple - to our camera." Speeded up - driving along country road. C/U of feet on the car pedals. Large group of men crowd around a sports car. Sign on the side reads: "1.000 H.P. car built by the Sunbeam Motor Co., Wolverhampton, England." M/S of the car stripped of its bodywork. C/U of one of the wheels of the car. M/S of the car, large group of men push the car away from the camera. Men crowd around as driver sits in the car. Small car approaches the crowd of men. C/U of the car's wheel. C/U of a man working on the chassis of the sports car. He is using a screwdriver to tighten a screw. C/U of part of the car's engine.

    01:47:57 - Door of factory or garage is opened to reveal the car which is then pushed out towards the camera. The word "Sunbeam" is emblazoned on the bonnet. Men push the car - crowds stand and watch. The car is started. Large number of men stand around the car admiring it - possibly workers at the Sunbeam factory. A piece of cloth is tied on to a thin rope which is itself attached to the car (not sure what's going on here...)

    01:49:41 - L/S of lots of men lining the route of the car out of the factory (presumably) - car seen in distance. Group of men push the car into a travelling box. M/S of the car with men standing around. Car is pushed up a ramp and into the travelling box. High angle shot of men walking. Pan across to compare an old Sunbeam car - made in 1901 - and the new 1000 H.P. model. C/U of driver in the car. Top shot of the car with lots of men crowded around, some of the men push the car. M/S of the car with some of the body taken off to expose engine. C/U of a man in suit and hat looking at a model of the car. He shows it to the camera. M/S of several men looking at the car's engine. C/U of man in driver's seat - some of the body work has been taken off so we can see the steering wheel column etc. He tests the gear stick.

    01:52:03 - M/S of men pushing the car into a shed (?) M/S of men working on the car in the open air. C/U of the model of the car held by the suited man. C/Us of part of the engine. C/U of man in driver's seat putting on a racing driver's hat. L/S of the car speeding along a beach with spectators watching. C/U of the driver in hat and goggles. C/U of man in overcoat and hat driving the 1901 Sunbeam model. Car to car shots - good.

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    British Pathé
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    01:44:55:00 / 01:55:14:00

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