• Short Summary

    Cycling and motorcar racing + air speed record holders, Waterton and Donaldson of RAF.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Speed Kings - Cycling, Motoring, Flying".

    International Cycling contest at Herne Hill, London.

    Panning shot of cyclist Reg Harris whizzing around the track, he passes the French rider to win the International sprint. Various shots of motorcycle paced cyclists racing round the track (cyclists are attached to back wheels motorbikes). Various shots of veteran cyclists taking part in a penny farthing bicycle race. Panning shot of race winners from Britain, France and Sweden doing lap of honour, each holds bouquet.

    The International Motor Speed trials are resumed at Brighton, Sussex for the first time since 1939.

    Various shots of racing cars speeding down Marine Parade, Brighton. Good C/Us of women drivers; Mrs Monkhouse in a Bugatti and Mrs Wisdom in an Alta. More shots race.
    M/S of Prince Bira (aka Birabonese) of Siam (aka Thailand) getting into his Maserati and driving off. More shots of racing, cars seen passing chequered flag.

    Location of events unknown.

    M/S of Group Captain Donaldson and Squadron Leader Bill Waterton standing in front of a Meteor jet plane, both in RAF (Royal Air Force) uniform. They tell Pathe how they broke the air speed record of 616 miles per hour. Waterton has a magnificent handlebar moustache.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:01:52:00 / 01:04:32:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    "Mrs Wisdom" is Elsie Wisdom, also known as "Bill".

    "Group Captain Donaldson" is Edward "Teddy" Donaldson.

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